Gamesa, Trade Unions Sign Equality Plan

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Spain-based wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa and various trade union representatives have signed Gamesa's equality plan, which is applicable to all of the company's workplaces worldwide.

The plan, agreed upon with trade union representatives following a negotiation period, will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2012, and will be automatically renewed thereafter – in the absence of an updated version – in accordance with Spain's Equality Act.

The initiative is intended as a general framework for action wherever Gamesa companies are located, subject to local legislation. The plan includes workplace harassment-prevention protocol and outlines measures to provide support to victims of gender-based violence.

The equality plan is geared towards strengthening Gamesa's culture of diversity and equality, encouraging non-discriminatory hiring and fostering equality of opportunity between women and men in career development and promotion, according to the company.

‘We hope that initiatives like this one will contribute to improving our awareness and activities in the areas of our corporate culture, career development and promotion, recruiting processes and internal communications,’ according to the signatories of the agreement.

To ensure compliance with and a successful rollout of Gamesa's equality plan, the company created a standing committee on diversity and equality, made up of five company representatives and 10 trade union representatives. The company will establish a series of indicators for assessing its progress on equality issues, subject to quarterly review by the standing committee and annual review by Gamesa's management board.

SOURCE: Gamesa

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