Supporting diversity and social inclusion
Diversity and socio-labour inclusion are two of Viesgo’s goals within its Sustainability and Human Resource policies. To promote and drive the integration of these principles into our organisation, we have organised a training cycle in all Viesgo plants with a triple goal:
- – To become aware of the impact of unconscious biases in decision making.
- – To break with labels and learn how to see the world through other eyes.
- – To value the importance of deploying conscious, inclusive leadership.
We are aware that diversity strengthens the commitment of people towards the company while generating strong ties. Sex, age, social condition or origin, or different capacities can become either obstacles or opportunities. At Viesgo we believe that diversity enhances us and makes us better.
Furthermore, outside the working environment, inclusion and diversity are also relevant issues for us. We work with different organisations that ensure the integration of groups at risk of exclusion. The Obra San Martín Foundation, the Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation or the Juan XXIII Roncalli Foundation are just some of the institutions with which we collaborate to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities into the workplace.
We promote equal opportunities
Promoting equal opportunities is one of the driving forces that makes us grow as a
company. The Viesgo Code of Ethics, Collective Bargaining Agreement and Equality
Plan control the work and employment conditions and guarantee aspects such as the allocation of
jobs, remuneration and discipline. Our Equality Plan seeks to integrate
the gender perspective into all areas of the company, ensuring that the decisions
involving selection processes are not based on suppositions associated to reasons of sex, race
or age, and to promote and improve the possibilities of access to jobs of responsibility by
women. Alongside this, we have a Sexual Abuse and Gender-based Abuse Prevention and Action
Protocol, and our Collective Bargaining Agreement establishes special measures to protect
victims of gender-based violence.
To promote the development of young female talent and encourage the vocation of
women to study in technical fields, Viesgo sponsors the Mujer y Talento (Woman and
Talent) Foundation of Cantabria. One of the foundations programmes is the STEM
Talent Girl Cantabria project that seeks to develop STEM vocations (science, technology,
engineering and mathematics) in youngsters and to mentor and accompany them until they begin
Underlining our commitment towards women
Viesgo forms part of the Spanish Association of Women in Energy (AEMENER), the purpose of which is to ensure the balanced presence of women in all areas of the energy sector. This association was created with what is clearly an integrating vocation, as its members include both women and men, and it also seeks to encourage women entering the workplace in the areas of technology, science, maths, and engineering, and to help in the employability of women by driving and promoting the development of their careers.
Comitted towards the Work-Life Balance
Viesgo wants its employees to make their professional and personal aspirations come true, because
the true energy moving our company are the people, and at Viesgo we foster and promote
the work-life balance through actions such as reduced working hours, remote work,
paid leave of absence, maternity and breastfeeding leave and leave of absence to look after
relatives. We are a flexible company that is committed to the work excellence
and the quality of life of our employees as a means of reaching a balance between professional
aspirations and devoting ones time to ones family.
Code of conduct
Viesgo has an obligatory Code of Conduct that controls coexistence in our plants
and sets the guidelines to follow in special situations. Respect, conflict
solving or the free personality development are concepts we include in this
document and that therefore become part of our everyday lives. Of course, we have a
zero-tolerance commitment towards gender-based violence, collaborating with the authorities and
offering victims protection.