At Enel Americas we understand our job as adding value with inclusion, equality, and people’s merit. That is why, ever since more than five years ago, our affiliates in Colombia, Codensa, and Emgesa have been implementing initiatives aimed at promoting spaces for equality. On this occasion, the initiative “Tolling the bells for gender equality” was the case, which took place at the Colombia Stock Exchange.
This is the first year in which Colombia participates in this symbolic act, which is at the opening of the stock exchange operations in the country, raising awareness as to the importance of equality of opportunities in gender issues. The idea is to increase sensitivity about the fundamental role that the private sector may undertake in fomenting compliance with the Sustainable Development Objectives (ODS 5) of the 2030 Agenda, which is in reference to achieving gender equality and empowering women in the labor field.
During the ceremony, Lucio Rubio Díaz, Enel Colombia’s CEO, carried out the traditional act of “Ringing the bell” accompanied by other corporation managers, where he expressed the new commitments and challenges in matters of inclusion.
“At Codensa and Emgesa we believe that working upon diversity shows our capacity as companies of being at the forefront in people management, and in respect to the true commitment of having a vision of a sustainable future”, these were the words by Lucio Rubio Díaz, adding that “we are really committed in continuing to promote gender equality in our companies, and as evidence of that, during the three last years we have increased the hiring of women, where as of today, 30% of the personnel in our Companies are women, and 24% of the management positions are filled by women, very significant figures, especially considering that we are immersed in a traditionally masculine sector, such as electric power.”
Codensa and Emgesa have been recognized on various occasions by entities such as the Labor Ministry, the Aequales Organization, and the College for Higher Management Studies (CESA), which pointed out the practices implemented inside the companies have a real and positive impact upon the living standards of the employees, turning the concept of equality into an important axis for the general strategies of both companies.
As proof of that, both partnerships in the Group obtained the “Equality Seal” last year, which is awarded by the Colombian Labor Ministry to companies seeking to ensure that men and women have the same access to opportunities.
Another recognition of this work is that the companies in the Enel Group in Colombia were selected among the ten most inclusive companies in the country, in the first corporate gender equality ranking carried out by the Aequales Organization and CESA.
These distinctions ratify our commitment of continuing to work on initiatives towards achieving a fair and inclusive working world, a space where women achieve a fair and healthy professional development, having access to the same opportunities.