Chair’s statement: Our people

Didem Ciner | Chair, WE Soda

"I am extremely proud of the work our colleagues have done – adding value not only for our financial stakeholders but also for society as a whole, the global soda ash supply chain, and the communities in which we operate.

“Being our number one priority, the health & safety of our workforce has been a topic which we have discussed in every Board meeting this year.  Despite an improving long-term trend in our safety performance, during 2022, the Board decided to take steps to significantly and permanently reduce the number of LTI workplace accidents, with the objective of achieving international best practice in this area.”

Read the full statement here

Didem Ciner

Shaping our culture and values

Of the many elements which define our business, four key components play a fundamental role in shaping our culture and values:

Our people and stakeholders

We invest in our people.

Health & Safety

We prioritise Health & Safety.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide equal opportunities.

Transparent communication

We communicate and listen to all our stakeholders.


Investing in our people

We have ~1,390 employees across two production sites in Turkey and our headquarters in London.

Investing in our people is core to our business and culture. It has helped drive our phenomenal success from start-up in 2009 to a world leader in our industry today. This combined teamwork and dedication to empowering, developing and rewarding individuals is key to our long-term success. We value:

  • Protecting human rights, equality, diversity and inclusion.

  • Maintaining exemplary health and safety standards.

  • Maximising development opportunities and fostering creative innovation.

  • Social events and community support initiatives.

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Health & Safety

Providing a safe and healthy work environment is our number one priority.

The Health and & Safety of our employees is at the centre of everything we do. Our OHS (Occupational Health & Safety) procedures apply throughout our organisation. With the objective of zero LTI workplace accidents, over time.

OHS Safe Field Environment

Above-ground solution extraction at Eti and Kazan Soda brings inherent Health & Safety benefits for our operatives. What’s more, we continually strive to introduce field safety innovations, such as our field transmitters to help IT teams locate individuals during an emergency.

40% In 2022, we reduced the number of LTI workplace accidents by around 40% compared to 2021.
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Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are important elements of our culture. We aim to provide everyone with a positive work environment and equal opportunities.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is an important driver of our success, and we are proactively working to improve gender diversity within our workforce, with a particular focus on management and leadership opportunities.

Our target within the next ten years is to have an equal number of women and men within our senior and middle management combined.

Transparent communication

Transparent, two-way communication between our leaders, our workforce and our stakeholders are core parts of our culture.

We aim to listen and evaluate the needs, opinions and expectations of our employees and have established a range of communication channels to enable this.

We are committed to empowering, developing and rewarding our employees.

We work hard to ensure our employees feel satisfied at work because we know that a stable, motivated and well-trained workforce will support our long-term success.

93% Employee retention
76% Employee satisfaction
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