FEMALE EMPOWERMENT

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The 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. The 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 Equal Opportunities and Conciliation Policy [PDF] and has been recognised internationally: we are the only Spanish energy company included in the 2018 Bloomberg Gender-Equality 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 2017) 23% of the workforce and 21% of managerial positions — 192 managerial positions filled by women out of a total of 928 —.

 Representation of women in Iberdrola [PDF]

Likewise, their presence on the Board of Directors has risen to 36%, far surpassing the average of the Ibex 35 (23%), with five women out of a total of 14 directors. Among them is Inés Macho, Non-Executive Vice President of the company.

Members of the Board of Directors of Iberdrola.#RRSSFrom left to right: Denise Mary Holt, Inés Macho Stadler, María Helena Antolín Raybaud, Samantha Barber and Georgina Kessel Martínez, members of the Board of Directors of Iberdrola.

Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola

We're the only company with the commitment to having a social dividend in its statutes

In line with the Equal Opportunities and Conciliation Policy, the group's subsidiaries carry out different initiatives in the countries in which they are present. One of the most recent examples can be found in ScottishPower. In collaboration with Equate Scotland, an expert organisation on gender equality in Scotland, the British subsidiary of the Iberdrola group welcomed six employees in September 2018 as part of the Returnship Program, an initiative that helps women to develop their career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) after a break of two or more years without working.

Program for the Reincorporation of Women.#RRSSThe women employed by the Program for the Reincorporation of Women: 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. This is not the only initiative 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 that: "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.

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 'Women, Health and Sport' 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