Positive Social Impact

PETRONAS aims to create positive alliances with the communities where the company operates, by protecting and adding value to the well-being of employees, partners and communities.
PETRONITA Supports Community’s Mental Well-being


PETRONITA has embarked on a collaboration with the Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) on a mental health first aid youth programme for secondary schools. The programme seeks to educate teachers on ways to tackle adolescents with mental health issues, whom in most cases are the first responders for students in schools. The pilot programme will involve 100 secondary school counsellors in Kuala Lumpur. It will be funded by PETRONITA and supported by the Kuala Lumpur Education Department. The first mental health first aid training session took place in January 2020, involving 25 teachers at the National Council of Welfare and Social Development Centre in Bandar Baru Sentul.


PETRONITA, an association of Wives and Women Staff of PETRONAS, is a charitable entity which has been continuously committed towards mental health and well-being. Last year, the organisation contributed RM164,000 from the proceeds of its charity programme “Orchid Run & Ride” to Mental Illness Awareness and Support Associations (MIASA). 


The donations supported the establishment of MIASA’s new activity and crisis management centre in Petaling Jaya, also known as “The Orchid Clubhouse”. The centre was launched on 10th September 2020 to aid more patients and caregivers.

Making Community Well-being A Priority in Iraq

PETRONAS has been actively involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and welfare services programmes in Garraf Contract Area (GCA) since 2013.


These programmes are designed to provide equal access to basic needs, spur economic growth and improve the quality of life for the surrounding communities. They include infrastructure development, school refurbishments, uplifting healthcare facilities and the “Water for Life” Reverse Osmosis (RO) water sanitation facilities.


The “Water for Life” programme has reached tens of thousands in the Garraf Contract Area through three Reverse Osmosis (RO) water stations. In 2020, three more facilities have been completed and handed over to the community, and despite the present challenges, more facilities are expected to be completed in the near future.


Access to clean and potable water, allows the community to devote more of their time and energy for productive activities like education and the economy, to improve the quality of their lives.


Other initiatives include reliefs in the form of medical equipment such as cots, blood centrifuges and compressor nebulisers for the Al-Fajr Clinic  in Al-Farj District, Thi-Qar province, Iraq.


In implementing these programmes, the Group through PETRONAS Carigali Iraq Holding B.V. (PCIHBV) has been working closely with various relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Oil, Thi Qar Oil Company, Provincial, Districts & Sub-district government authorities as well as community leaders.

Strengthening STEM in Malaysia
Since 1975, our PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP) has brought education opportunities close to 37,000 eager young minds across Malaysia and the globe. We award sponsorships to deserving students looking to pursue tertiary education in fields related to oil and gas at reputable institutions of higher learning in Malaysia and internationally. Our aim is to open doors for young talents in their pursuit of knowledge, self-enrichment and brighter futures. We continue to focus on nurturing the right talent who will ultimately contribute to the growth of our organisation, industry and nation. We also focus on strengthening our teachers’ capabilities and improving the quality of their teaching through Program Duta Guru, an initiative by Yayasan PETRONAS in partnership with Ministry of Education (MOE) via Pusat STEM Negara Malaysia.
Empowering Businesses to Empower the Nation
Since 1993, we have been empowering entrepreneurs through our Vendor Development Programme (VDP). With an 85% Vendor Success Rate, we developed a total of 108 Vendors, which has further created global players worth billions of dollars. The success of VDP has inspired other governments and companies to create their own accelerator programmes. Recently, PETRONAS has further established two new schemes to boost the capabilities of small local businesses in the oil and gas sector in Malaysia, namely VDPInnoTech (VDP Innovation & Technology) and VDPx, a collaboration with our PSC partners which has resulted in 46 of them joining as Anchors.
World-class Educational and Training Institutions
With the aim to create a pool of highly knowledgeable and skilled workforce to support the organisation’s growth as well as Malaysia’s energy industry, we provide world-class academic and training services through various educational institutions under our umbrella. We also contribute towards nation building by focusing on teaching, research and development, and innovation. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has become one of Malaysia’s leading institutions of higher learning, providing students with opportunities to pursue knowledge, expertise, and advancement in the fields of engineering, science, technology and sustainable business solutions to emerging global challenges. Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) is a state-of-the-art technical training institute owned by PETRONAS Technical Training Sdn Bhd (PTTSB), set up to accelerate the development of human capital in the oil and gas industry through experiential learning. Established in 1981, INSTEP has a strong track record of empowering capability through customised programmes, coupled with world-class facilities and industry-experienced and qualified instructors.
Rural Students Brought Closer to Schools
The construction of hostels for Sekolah Kebangsaan Balambangan Banggi in Pulau Balambangan, Sabah and Sekolah Kebangsaan Orang Kaya Muda Pakeri in Paloh, Sarawak has provided kids living in rural areas with a much needed access to education. The Asrama Harian Luar Bandar (AHLB) project provides the students with facilities such as hostels and dining halls. Without these facilities, they would have to travel across rivers, jungles or the sea every day just to attend classes. Yayasan PETRONAS, our PETRONAS Corporate Social Responsibility arm, assisted further by providing furniture and other equipment for the newly built hostels.
Empowering Livelihoods with Clean Water
In collaboration with Malaysian Nature Society, we created Water For Life, a programme that builds gravity-based water systems in remote villages to provide access to clean water. By making this precious resource readily available, villagers across Malaysia can enjoy a better quality of life and improved economic well-being. The initiative by PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) supports Yayasan PETRONAS’s mission to enrich lives for a sustainable future and has benefited 16 villages across 12 states, touching the lives of over 8,600 residents since 2013. Besides ensuring access to clean water through the installation of water pipes, tanks and filtration systems and expansion of dams, Water For Life also educates the residents on water conservation and health risks related to unclean water consumption.
Thank You Healthcare Heroes
We are constantly working with government agencies both locally and abroad to provide support and relief to communities in need. To help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia, we contributed RM20 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to help hospitals and healthcare frontliners. This contribution includes ventilators, ICU hospital beds and mattresses, thermal imaging cameras, virus test system, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Hand sanitisers were also distributed to schools and senior citizens at selected homes. This initiative by Yayasan PETRONAS, our Corporate Social Responsibility arm, reflects our commitment towards improving the well-being of society.
Our Pledge to Battle Cancer
We believe that social progress must be inclusive, and that a community cannot sustain socio-economic growth if its people are encumbered with a debilitating disease such as cancer. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility arm, Yayasan PETRONAS, we pledged RM8 million to Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM) to support cutting-edge research in hereditary cancers among Asians. Our hope is that this partnership with CRM will continue to place Malaysia in the global spotlight for cancer research as it opens doors for more collaboration with global top scientists, while nurturing the next generation of Malaysian cancer researchers.
Building Hope Through International Education
Under our PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP), we create hope for a nation by providing South Sudanese students with the skills and education needed to help rebuild their beloved country and create a brighter future. With the recent awarding of 10 new scholarships in 2019, the number of South Sudanese sponsored students has increased to 97 since the programme began. Through the awarding of scholarships to deserving young minds, we ensure continued development of human and technical resources for the energy industry.