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FCC shows solidarity with International Women's Day

08/03/2017

FCC shows solidarity with International Women's Day

FCC joined the celebrations for International Women's Day, a day that has grown to a global scale and has become a forum for reflection on the progress achieved by women and the aspects that have yet to be improved.
FCC shows solidarity with International Women's Day

For another year running, FCC has joined the cause by showing its commitment to equality, female leadership and diversity, which are hallmarks of the Group.

A roundtable discussion was held at FCC’s corporate headquarters in Las Tablas, under the title "Women and Innovation". Participants included female representatives from the fields of medicine, research, culture, communication and engineering, they shared the progress that has been made in the area of equal opportunities in their fields.

Rafael Echevarría, the Health and Safety Director of FCC Medical Services in Spain, opened the discussion. The panel, which was moderated by María Cano, director of the Madrid Diario newspaper, included María Angeles Gallego, director of the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and Near East (ILC) of the CSIC; Dr. Cristina Nevado, digestive system general surgeon at the 12 de Octubre Hospital; Lola Álvarez, communication consultant at Alma Comunicación and lecturer at Loyola University Andalusia; María Jesús Kaifer, technical director of industrial waste at FCC Ámbito; Eva Martínez, head of the R&D department at FCC Aqualia; and Elizabeth Rodríguez, head of the international R&D&I department at FCC Construcción. The event was brought to a close by Ana Benita, corporate director of recruitment, training and labour relations at FCC.

On this international day, FCC also joined the campaign led by Spain’s Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, which was rolled out under the slogan "Only Moving Forward".

FCC's ongoing commitment is illustrated through its active participation in promoting equal opportunities:

  • FCC has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact, as well as the UN Women's Empowerment Principles, which offer practical guidance on how to empower females in the workplace.
  • FCC considers equality and diversity management as the linchpin of all its activities, hence the implementation of an Equality and Diversity Policy that outlines its commitment to equal opportunities, promotion of and respect for diversity, and the elimination of all form of discrimination or harassment.
  • In addition, within the framework of the equality and diversity strategy, the Group has drawn up and implemented nine Equality Plans alongside the key trade unions since 2008.
  • In 2014, the Group's main companies signed four agreements with the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality with a view to boosting the numbers of female executives in their governing bodies and in turn strike a gender balance in corporate responsibility positions.
  • Last but not least, four of the Group's companies have been awarded the "Equality in the Workplace" hallmark, an accolade of excellence granted by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality that acknowledges companies that strive to develop policies and practices to promote equal opportunities between women and men in the workplace.

FCC Chairwoman, Esther Alcocer Koplowitz, and the Group's CEO, sent a message to all employees to report on the significant steps taken by the company on this topic. This includes increasingly bolstering the presence of women in the organisational structure in different roles, in particular with technicians, engineers, project managers, executives and directors, as well as the increasing incorporation of women into the company year on year.

The Chairwoman and the CEO took advantage of International Women's Day to congratulate all of the women in FCC Group for their commitment, determination, great work and their valuable contribution to the growth of the company.

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