Galán at the Forbes Women's Summit: "Businesses want there to be more women engineers"
Ignacio Galán has participated in the Forbes Women's Summit, held in Madrid, on the leadership of women in a new business model.
In conversation with journalist Gloria Lomana, and in front of nearly 400 professionals and directors from large companies, our chairman insisted that "giving equal opportunities to women and supporting them in all aspects so that they can develop their professional, family and social life in conditions of equality is absolutely fair".
Galán has asked for young women to be encouraged to study engineering to increase the presence of women in a sector such as ours, which has traditionally been male.
He went on to note that "every effort is being made to have more female engineers" through initiatives such as ScottishPower's programme of school visits to encourage girls to take an interest in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “Businesses want there to be more women engineers", Ignacio Galán has insisted.
On the role of women in leadership, our chairman pointed out that "they have decisive emotional intelligence when it comes to managing companies".
On the other hand, Ignacio Galán also spoke about our support for women's sport in Spain, where we sponsor 16 sports federations that represent more than 20,000 women. Our Chairman stressed the importance of promoting women's sport and its values, such as teamwork, in schools.
He also framed our company's support for women's sports within our social action: “Our support isn't just for show. Whether or not it would bring us returns isn’t what encouraged us to do this. Our social dividend encouraged us, our commitment to society."
During Ignacio Galán's speech at the Forbes Women's Summit, he also highlighted our company's commitment to gender equality. We are one of the Ibex 35 companies with the most women on the Board of Directors, with a 36% female presence compared to the average of 23% for this index.
Our contribution in this area has been recognised on several occasions, such as our inclusion in the 2018 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index.
The fight against gender discrimination is also one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to which we expressly signed up during the UN Global Compact 2018 Summit held recently in New York, as Galán explained.
Our chairman also wanted to send a message to men to become more actively involved in family life and childcare: "I tell my children, and all men who have small children, to take advantage of the time to be with their children”.