The CEO's blog 03/12/2021

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021


Dear Energizers,



Today marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (“IDPWD”), an annual celebration of the challenges and opportunities for people around the world who live with disabilities. Since the beginning of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has caused significant socioeconomic challenges and this year’s IDPWD highlights and recognises that people with disabilities are heavily impacted by these.


At Energean, we have fostered a culture of inclusivity from the day we were born back in 2007 and treat all staff equally regardless of disability. As part of our Ethos, we are continually raising awareness and enabling our staff to gain a better understanding of the challenges that people with disabilities must overcome. I’m very proud of the great work we have done over the past year to expand our activities in this regard, and I expect us to do even more in 2022.


 Employee participation is a key part of our community engagement work and our long-standing collaboration with the Kavala Basketball Club’s Wheelchair Basketball team and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greece (“MDA Hellas”) is an example of this. MDA Hellas is a non-profit organization doing excellent work to support people who suffer with neuromuscular diseases who we have supported for many years. I had the privilege to take part in the 2021 Athens Classic Marathon with several Energean team members and I want to thank Antigone Karras and Vasso Dimou from MDA Hellas along with Panagiotis and Danae who allowed me to run the 5K alongside them. It was a truly inspirational day for me and one I will remember for a long time.

 At Energean we have been supporting those with disabilities in local communities across all the countries we operate in. An example of this is our work in Egypt, where we undertook a significant project in Meadia, a small village located near Alexandria where our Processing Plant is located. We had the opportunity to work with the Al Orman Association, a charity dedicated to supporting the underprivileged, who ensured we understood the specific needs of the local community before providing a donation of wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs and hearing aids to cover all residents with disabilities.


2021 has been a year of many challenges, particularly for people with disabilities, but I am very proud of the work that we have undertaken at Energean to support not only our employees but people across all the communities and countries that we operate in. By raising awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities and engaging and inspiring our employees to take part in initiatives to help support them, we can play our part in fostering a more inclusive society. I am grateful to all our employees for their enthusiasm for our initiatives and encourage everyone to think about how we can support each other in our day-to-day lives to help Energean continue to be a great place to work for all.


Mathios Rigas