08 mar 2017
International Women

CEOE highlights the commitment with Diversity and Equality present in companies

Ana Plaza delivered the closing speech at the “Meeting on Women

CEOE organized a meeting on "Women's Leadership" on the occasion of International Women's Day in which companies’ commitment with issues related to Diversity and Equality of Opportunities was reflected, as well as the importance of both issues in the professional, social and business fields.

From left to right: Ana Benita, Pilar Menor, Ana Plaza, Val Díez, Belén de la Hoz, Marta Pastor
From left to right: Ana Benita, Pilar Menor, Ana Plaza, Val Díez, Belén de la Hoz, Marta Pastor — ©CEOE

During the course of the meeting it was stressed that company management based on Equality is a strategic issue and must be integrated as a competitiveness factor; moreover, the Spanish economy cannot turn down female talent. The meeting was inaugurated by the President of CEOE’s Equality Commission and Director General at STANPA, Val Díez, and brought to a close by CEOE’s General Secretary, Ana Plaza.

The discussion addressed the challenges faced by women in leading positions in different sectors, and attendees included Ana Benita, Corporate Director of Recruitment, Training and Labour Relations at the FCC Group; Belén de la Hoz, Director of Labour Relations and Territorial Coordination at Telefónica de España, S.A., Pilar Menor, managing partner of the law firm DLA Piper Spain, and Marta Pastor, director and presenter of the program “Ellas pueden” at RNE radio station.

Participants in the debate pointed out that a multi-pronged approach should be taken to enable valid solutions in order for men and women to achieve a successful work-life balance, with proposals that provide flexibility to the organization of companies and do not get in the way of professional development. It should be noted that not all businesses and situations are the same. It is necessary to study the difficulties and try to correct them with the appropriate measures.

Several issues were discussed, such as the need to joint action with the commitment from the Public Administration, companies and society in general; a certain lack of female reference models and the need to foster co-responsibility which, slowly but surely, is increasing among the new generations.

One of the conclusions, pointed out by Ana Plaza in her closing speech, was the importance of moving forward in diversity as well as in flexibility and work-life balance, and she emphasized that women's access to positions of responsibility is boosted by transparency in companies and organizations.