FEMALE EMPOWERMENT

Committed to the female empowerment

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Iberdrola group is committed to the best international practices in the field of work-life balance, equality and diversity. Aligned with our policies, we continue to carry out different initiatives in all the countries in which we operate to increase the presence of women in the energy sector and in society in general.

EQUALITY, A REALITY IN THE IBERDROLA GROUP

In modern business management, human capital is a key part of corporate success. Iberdrola group is committed to the best international practices in this area. In Spain alone, we have more than 70 measures aimed at achieving a healthy work-life balance. And we recognise as a strategic objective the development of labour relations based on equal opportunities, non-discrimination and respect for diversity. In particular, we believe that equality between men and women is part of the essential values of the organisation. This is reflected in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and has been recognised internationally: for the third year in a row, we are included in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equally Index.

Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola

Equal opportunities are a reality in our company. We should be talking about abilities, not gender

LEADERS IN FEMALE EMPOWERMENT

Over the last decade the proportion of women in Iberdrola has grown by 50 %, currently representing (at the close of Fiscal Year 2020) 23 % of the workforce and 21.53 % of managerial positions — 180 managerial positions filled by women out of a total of 836 —. Similarly, the company has also set a target to increase the number of women in management positions to 25 % by 2022 and 30 % by 2025.


 Women representation in Iberdrola [PDF]
 

Likewise, it is a benchmark company in the Ibex 35 in women presence on the Board of Directors, with five women out of a total of 14 directors: Samantha Barber, María Helena Antolín Raybaud, Sara de la Rica Goiricelaya, Nicola Mary Brewer and Regina Helena Jorge Nunes.

In line with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, the group's subsidiaries carry out different initiatives in the countries in which they are present.

 United Kingdom

One example is ScottishPower, a UK subsidiary of the Iberdrola group, which runs a coaching programme for women going on maternity leave or returning to work after a maternity break. This initiative aims to combine practical support with personal, emotional and professional guidance — both for them and their managers — as well as coaching to maximise the participant's potential for future career progression.

In relation to this, ScottishPower also has the Returner Programme, that helps employees to develop their careers in the STEM sector (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) after a break of two years or more without working, and this is especially attractive to female candidates — the majority of places are occupied by women. A record number of registrations have been received for this year's programme, and participants will be considered in the future to fill ten internal positions.

Program for the Reincorporation of Women.#RRSSThe Returner Programme employees who returned in 2018: Nicola Anderson, Alison Proud, Carol Croft, Ujala Mustafa, Eva Garcia-Penuela Castro and Gail Hughes.

Compared to men, women's careers are often interrupted more frequently by decisions such as pregnancy and childcare. A prolonged interruption of one's working life can be a cause of insecurity when re-entering the workplace, especially due to the continuous development of new technologies. The objective of this program is to allow women who have had to distance themselves from their careers to refresh their skills and knowledge, restore their confidence in a work environment and return to the world of work on a permanent basis.

This ScottishPower project, at the same time, also acts to combat the growing shortage of skilled labour in the STEM sector. These are not the only initiatives in place in the British subsidiary to promote the empowerment of women in the energy sector. Others worth mentioning include:

  • POWERful Women: launched in March 2018, the objective of this initiative is to promote professional growth and leadership development for women in the British energy sector. Following a launch event of a new report by PWC in association with POWERful Women, Hamish Watson, ScottishPower's UK HR Director, commented: "We're delighted that POWERful Women can help us learn about what has succeeded elsewhere and draw on best practice and practical lessons from others."
  • Women's Engineering Society (WES): as a collaborating company of the Women's Engineering Society, ScottishPower is an important supporter of women engineers and of the promotion of engineering as a professional option for young women.
  • National Women in Engineering Day: it is an international awareness campaign to increase the visibility of women in this sector. On the occasion of this celebration, each year the list of the Top 50 Women in Engineering is presented, of which ScottishPower is proud to be a sponsoring company. This event aims to promote the role of women in the sector by recognising the achievements of the most outstanding female engineers.
  • Collaboration with rugby in Scotland and Wales to support women in sports.

 Brazil

For its part, Iberdrola's Brazilian subsidiary Neoenergia1 Nota has had an Electricians School for Women since 2019, the second version of its generic Electricians School focused on boosting the representation of women in a sector historically dominated by men. This programme was recognised in 2020 by WeEmpower — a United Nations programme promoting gender equality — as a good business practice for women's empowerment through education and professional development. In addition, Iberdrola's

The company also holds conversations with employees and guests on the subject of female empowerment, one of which is Empodere-se, which analysed the struggles and conquests of women today, or the Estrellas event to celebrate Women's Day, where female employees of the company, in addition to leading the internal campaign, also gave a talk on female empowerment.

 United States

The WomENERGY program run by AVANGRID2 Nota , an Iberdrola subsidiary in the United States, focuses on discovering and enhancing the talent of AVANGRID women through an action plan for training future company leaders. By the end of 2020, more than 40 % of its senior positions were held by women.

 Mexico

Iberdrola México offers a series of measures to facilitate work-life balance due to maternity and other family reasons — days off in excess of Mexican law, the possibility of reducing or making the working day more flexible, etc. — and it organises events such as Women with Energy, in which 40 female employees in charge of teams and with high development potential participated in order to reaffirm the company's commitment to equal opportunities and encourage the incorporation of women into leadership positions.

SUPPORTING WOMEN'S SPORTS

Iberdrola is the main driving force behind women's sport in Spain and was the first to get involved on a global basis. Today it supports a total of 16 women's federations, all of them selected for their extraordinary track records: gymnastics, triathlon, swimming, rugby, canoeing, badminton, soccer, handball, volleyball, hockey, athletics, karate, boxing, table tennis, winter sports and surfing.

Enhancing involvement in and the success of women's sport, promoting gender equality and encouraging healthy habits from an early age are the essential objectives of the Universo Mujer Tour, the Iberdrola initiative that seeks to vocalise the success stories behind female Spanish athletes.

 Women in the Iberdrola group

 Women on Board of Directors

 Iberdrola and SDG 5: Gender equality

   

1 Neoenergia, S. A. is 50 % + 1 share indirectly owned by Iberdrola, S. A.

2 AVANGRID, Inc. is 81,50 % owned by Iberdrola, S. A.