Iberdrola, at the forefront of best international practices
Iberdrola's Governance and Sustainability System is inspired by and based upon a commitment to ethical principles, transparency and leadership in the application of the best international practices in good governance expressed around the defense of the corporate interest and the creation of sustainable value for the society, the citizens, our customers, our workers, our shareholders and for the communities in which it does business. Undergoing a constant process of review and improvement, it incorporates the principal recommendations of the international markets and the most advanced trends in this area. It is one of the hallmarks of its identity, making Iberdrola an international leader in good practices.
GUIDED BY AN INDEPENDENT AND DIVERSE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board of directors focuses its activity on supervising the group's general guidelines and strategy, as well as the establishment of its corporate policies, some of which are pioneering, such as the Shareholder Engagement Policy.
The following points define the company's future vision, its multinational scope and the implementation of channels for the participation and engagement of the shareholders:
- A Board of Directors under continuous renewal, adapted to the needs raised by the businesses and markets in which the Group does business.
- There are 13 directors of various nationalities and professional profiles, selected based on a broad set of criteria.
- 70 % of the directors are independent.
- Benchmark company in the Ibex 35 in women presence on the Board of Directors.
- The first Spanish company and one of the pioneers at the worldwide level in formalising a Shareholder Engagement Policy, which is one of the fundamental pillars of the corporate governance strategy.
- Constructive, ongoing, efficient, and transparent dialog with the shareholders, fostering their engagement and promoting their active participation through various channels, such as the interactive On Line Shareholders (OLS) system and the Shareholders' Club,among others.
- The General Shareholders' Meeting, a principal milestone for participation, is framed within the "Shareholder's Day", during which there are various presentations and activities to bring the shareholders closer to the business, corporate, and institutional reality of Iberdrola. In April 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain, Iberdrola decided to maintain the date of the General Shareholders' Meeting by transforming this event to digital, in order to continue to meet the group's operational and financial calendar.
AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED EFFORT
Iberdrola's commitment to the best practices of corporate governance and its dedication to the areas of sustainability, ethics and fiscal transparency, and its close relationship with its shareholders have been widely recognized worldwide.
- Iberdrola has been selected for the eighth consecutive year as one of the most ethical companies in the world, according to the 2021 World's Most Ethical Companies ranking prepared by the Ethisphere Institute, a leader in the definition of standards of best business practices.
- For the fourth year in a row, Iberdrola is included again in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, selected in recognition for its equal opportunity and gender equality policies.
- Iberdrola has been recognised for the seventh consecutive year with the Best Corporate Governance in Spain award by World Finance magazine, which explains that the decision was based on the company's "advanced decarbonisation strategy, accountability and excellent corporate governance model".
- Company with the best corporate governance practices among European utilities. Ethical Boardroom recognised Iberdrola with the 2019 Award for Best Corporate Governance.
- The Shareholder Engagement Policy awarded for the best initiative in transparency by Capital Magazine.
- Only European electric company included in the 21 editions of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).
- Leading company in terms of fiscal transparency among all companies on the Ibex 35, according to the Transparency Report on the Fiscal Accountability of the Ibex 35 Companies prepared by Fundación Compromiso y Transparencia.
- Recognised by the Good Governance and Stockholders Forum as the Best Shareholder Outreach Initiative among all Spanish listed companies.
- Euroshareholders Award for the best initiative in favour of minority shareholders(*) Nota , given by the Spanish Association of Minority Shareholders of Listed Companies (AEMEC).
(*) Spanish version.