Diversity, equity and inclusion
for sustainable growth
Leaders for change
The talent, commitment and leadership of people —the heart of ACCIONA— make sustainable development and effectively combating the climate emergency possible.
That is the reason why our employees are at the centre of the company's strategy, which is based on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Through the Diversity Committees, in the different businesses and countries, policies and programs are promoted to favor a respectful, diverse, inclusive and efficient work environment. These diversity committees, made up of all groups, generate proposals and plans in the area of diversity and inclusion.
EQUAL OF OPPORTUNITY
ACCIONA works to be the best company to work for, where men and women can develop their careers with total equality of opportunity and to generate a culture that promotes work-life balance in all areas.
We are determined that there should be no gender-based pay inequity in all businesses and countries where we operate. In 2022, we have reported a gender pay gap of 2.49% globally and we are working to eliminate all cases where this type of inequality could be detected.
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ACCIONA launches its "Women in Construction" program in the Line 6-Orange of the São Paulo Subway
Engineering: A world of women
ACCIONA celebrates the “Women Construct” award at the Marga Marga Hospital, given by the Chilean Chamber of Commerce for the Construction Sector
'Energy of Istmo', the equality Project in Las Oaxacas wind farm
ACCIONA begins the construction of the nursery building of the Marga Marga Hospital with a team made up of women
Project Loreto in Australia. Meeting a 50:50 gender diverse workforce.
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WE INCREASE FEMALE REPRESENTATION
women in management positions
This commitment is materialized through the promotion of women to positions of responsibility in all areas with the aim of increasing the representation of women in managing positions.
As an example of this, ACCIONA has linked its bonus to the achievement of the objective of increasing the percentage of women in pre-managing positions and we also hold twice a year editions of the Management Development Program for High Potential Women.
Initiatives with a real impact
Female in direction and mangerial positions
Rosa Soto: “When I came to the site I was the only woman among 179 men”
Back in 2013, Rosa Soto had just taken up the post of head of environmental and social impact management at ACCIONA’s first wind farm in Chile. But this was not her only ground-breaking move: Rosa also became the only woman among more than 160 employees. Indeed, with her arrival, they needed to install a fully-equipped women’s rest room since she virtually had to live on site. Back then, female presence was a question that particularly affected this sector. “Less than 10% of women worked in the world of construction and very few in the energy sector,” she remembers.
Diversity and inclusion
We work to create environments in which all people feel and are valued, and where their differences can contribute to our businesses, always on the basis of equal opportunities and dignified treatment.
The policy on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, the policy on Human Rights and ACCIONA's Code of Conduct promotes real equal opportunity, beyond gender diversity, and does not accept, in any case, any type of discrimination in the professional environment on the grounds of age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, political opinion, sexual orientation, social status or disability.
In terms of diversity of nationalities, ACCIONA group is present in more than 40 countries, where a total of 131 nationalities work together, with 53% of employees being Spanish, 6.8% Australian, 5.3% Mexican and 4.5% Chilean, among others. Four generations coexist in the company: Boomers (1946-64) 11%, Generation X (1965-80) 40%, Millennials or Gen Y (1981-96) 41% and Generation Z (1997-2012) 8%.
We rely on the support of employees to adapt to the local reality and needs of each geography in which we are present with the Diversity and Inclusion Committees, groups of employees representing different communities. Their mission is to collect information from their environment, share the best practices and generate proposals on diversity, equity and inclusion. Their role is very important as they make it possible for the global diversity and inclusion strategy of the company to adapt to the local reality of each geography in
which it is present.
We collaborate with entities and foundations for labour integration of people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, migrant women, victims of gender violence and other groups at risk of social exclusion.
OUR COMMITMENT WITH INCLUSION
WE FOSTER INTEGRATION IN THE WORKPLACE
The company promotes inclusion programs for people with disabilities in all its areas, a commitment that has been certified with the new Bequal seal -with Bequal Plus rating-. The average number of employees with disabilities in the company represents 4.37% of the total workforce.
Our Special Employment Centres contribute by providing workers with disabilities with productive and paid work, appropriate to their personal characteristics and which facilitates their integration into the ordinary labour market.
Jesús Argumedo: “Talent should always rise above disability.”
There are many ways to live with a disability. For Jesús it is a backdrop but not a defining feature. That’s why blindness appears indirectly in our conversation. He prefers to speak in terms of talent without labels. Jesús Argumedo is a Diversity Specialist. He has worked in some of the world’s leading multinationals, has defended a cum laude thesis, and works to instill values of inclusion and accessibility daily. And, by the way, with a visual disability.
Inclusion of minorities
ACCIONA does business in 65 countries and, as a company and employer, is aware of the role it plays in the communities in which it operates and makes an effort to create positive impacts that improve the life of people, encourages local hiring and protects minorities.
A total of 16 ethnic groups form part of the staff of the company. ACCIONA promotes labour though specific plans in its projects that include training, awareness raising, elimination of barriers, employment hiring and collaboration with bodies and institutions.
A hospital built entirely by women
ACCIONA marks a milestone in the construction industry with the construction of an all-female building.
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We promote equality
Our commitment with people, an acknowledged value
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