WOMEN WITH ENERGY
We promote women's leadership and participation in the energy sector
Iberdrola group is firmly and decisively committed to gender equality. Some great examples of this are the Women with Energy forum run by Iberdrola Mexico to promote the leadership and talent of women in the company, and the story of Selene Jerezano, the first woman to hold the position of turbines supervisor.
WOMEN WITH ENERGY FORUM
Through its subsidiary in Mexico External link, opens in new window., Iberdrola group held in 2019 the first Women with Energy forum, where 40 female team leaders with a high potential for development got the opportunity to share their experiences and ideas. The aim of this event was to reaffirm the company's commitment to equal opportunities and to help get women into leadership roles.
Several prominent women with relevant roles in the energy sector spoke at the event about the challenges and experiences they have faced and the employment opportunities they have detected to increase the participation of women in strategic positions.
This forum has since evolved into the Diversity and Inclusion Week with the aim of learning about the company's progress and commitments in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as clarifying doubts with specialists, supporting institutions that work for inclusion and living experiences that invite reflection.
The Women with Energy forum brought together 40 high-potential female team leaders. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF].
What attitudes make women suited to leadership positions? Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
THE FIRST FEMALE TURBINE INSPECTOR
Mexico is also where the first woman in the entire Iberdrola group has attained the position of supervisor in the Turbine Inspections team. Selene Jerezano began working in the Procurement area of Iberdrola Mexico three years ago, but her goal was always to get into the Generation business to work in her field, which is mechanical engineering. Now, the 28-year-old from Veracruz is an example of how women are gaining territory in the energy sector and of the company's strong commitment to gender equality and developing young talent.
Selene Jerezano, Iberdrola group turbines supervisor
Women should not be pigeon-holed into administrative roles
Her work consists of supervising all turbine-generator sets in the Iberdrola Generación México External link, opens in new window. fleet, meaning she is responsible for the proper maintenance and functioning of the gas and steam turbines in all of the combined cycle and cogeneration plants that the company operates in Mexico. This task requires a lot of effort and dedication, and she regularly spends several days at each plant, which has won her the respect and recognition of her colleagues.
IBERDROLA WITH GENDER EQUALITY
The percentage of women in Iberdrola group has gone up 50 % in the past decade. Currently (at the close of the 2021 financial year), women represent 23 % of the workforce and 33.7% of women in positions of responsibility. Likewise, it is a benchmark company in the Ibex 35 in women presence on the Board of Directors.
Iberdrola has integrated SDG 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, focused on gender equality, into its business strategy, and is now a reference point in programs and initiatives aimed at promoting women's empowerment. In fact, we have been included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equally Index for its equal opportunities and gender policies.
The group continues working to promote gender diversity and women's participation in business. Another example of the measures it is implementing in terms of gender equality is the Women Returner Program promoted by ScottishPower External link, opens in new window., the group's UK subsidiary, an initiative which helps women further their careers in the STEM sector (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) after a break of two years or more.