PepsiCo campaign promotes kindness, good health

Tamer Mosalam, VP and general manager of PepsiCo, left, and Nasser Al-Zamil, a member of the Saudi Food Bank.
Updated 12 May 2019

PepsiCo campaign promotes kindness, good health

Global food and beverage group PepsiCo started Ramadan on a charitable note by launching its “Kilo for Khair” campaign in the lead-up to the holy month. In partnership with the Saudi Food Bank, the company donated one box of essential food items for every kilo in weight its employees lost between March and May, with the aim of promoting kindness and health throughout Ramadan.
Every box PepsiCo donated to Saudi Food Bank included necessities such as flour, milk, cooking oil and tomato sauce, as well as Quaker pasta, oats and soup, in addition to snacks such as Lay’s Forno and Sunbites Bread Bites.
The boxes were distributed through Saudi Food Bank prior to the start of Ramadan, in 16 cities across the Kingdom.
In addition to encouraging its employees to follow a healthier lifestyle for a good cause, PepsiCo encouraged its team members to assist in packing and delivering the boxes to families in need.
Tamer Mosalam, vice president and general manager of PepsiCo — Saudi Snack Foods Co. Ltd., said: “Ramadan is a time for giving and reflection, which is what we are encouraging our employees to do this year: To reflect upon their own well-being and health not only for the purpose of improving their lives, but for the good cause of helping others in the spirit of the month. At PepsiCo we are committed to the community we serve, which includes a commitment to the health and wellbeing of our colleagues.”
Nasser bin Abdul Rahman Al-Zamil, a member of the Saudi Food Bank in Riyadh, thanked PepsiCo for its support and participation in the Saudi Food Bank initiative during Ramadan. “The distribution of food boxes this Ramadan will have a significant impact on the 2,000 families that will receive them,” he said, speaking prior to the launch of the campaign. “This is a very positive way to get the community involved in providing some relief to those who need it most.”  
The Saudi Food Bank is a non-profit group founded in Dammam in 2011, and is known as Eta’am (Arabic for “feeding”). The organization collects quality meals with the help of its employees and volunteers, and delivers them to beneficiaries recommended by charities.


Hyatt Regency program supports Saudi Vision 2030

Updated 18 February 2020

Hyatt Regency program supports Saudi Vision 2030

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has announced a partnership with the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland — Saudi Arabia (HTMi), and the international nonprofit Education for Employment (EFE), in an effort to support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. With the help of EFE and HTMi, the hotel will sponsor various groups of women throughout the year, each for four months of training at HTMi — Riyadh. The hotel will then recruit them in various departments where they will be able to contribute to the best of their abilities. 

“I’m thrilled to be here today to celebrate with the team of Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya their new initiative to support Hyatt’s global program ‘RiseHY,’ which is designed to introduce youth to hospitality and provide needed employment opportunities,” said Giuseppina Bavasso, Hyatt’s director of human resources — Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. “The RiseHY program builds on our long-standing commitment with our existing or new relationships with community-based organizations across the world to provide vocational training and career readiness programs. We understand the challenges young people face and we believe that hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities can lead to long-life career chances.”

RiseHY is a global program designed to pair the hospitality industry’s career opportunities with young people who need them. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world commit to hiring 10,000 opportunity youth by 2025.

“The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aims to boost women’s participation in the local labor market and provide equal and rewarding opportunities for everyone, so that they may use their talents and abilities to contribute to the Kingdom’s economy,” said Walid El-Awadly, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya’s general manager. “Building an inclusive and diverse workforce has always been an integral part of Hyatt’s DNA and our commitment toward RiseHY is a chance to bring employment opportunities to the members of the communities in which we operate. This commitment brings Hyatt’s purpose — to care for people so they can be their best — to life in the Riyadh community.”

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya opened its doors to guests in January 2017. The hotel offers 260 guest rooms, including 39 suites, spread across 28 floors.

Hyatt Regency’s strategy is aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which focuses on stimulating tourism and boosting the Kingdom’s economy. The current Hyatt portfolio in the country comprises Park Hyatt Jeddah, Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Hyatt Place Riyadh Al-Sulaimania, and Hyatt House Jeddah Sari Street.