Unicaja Banco has signed a new agreement with Fundación Adecco to boost the development of activities aimed at facilitating access to employment for women at risk of social exclusion, a group addressed by Fundación Adecco under the programme #EmpleoParaTodos (#EmploymentForAll), which has been promoting for more than twenty years the social and employment integration of those people who find it difficult to have access to employment.
Specifically, through the programme #EmpleoParaTodos, Fundación Adecco launches resources, tools and training aimed at increasing the employability of those people. So far, it has generated 264,632 employments for people with serious difficulties to access the job market.
In particular, some of the beneficiaries of the said programme are women at risk of social and job exclusion: disabled, over 55 and unemployed for a long time, with non-shared family responsibilities and/or victims of domestic violence. The goal is to provide them with resources and tools that are essential to improve their employability, as well as to raise awareness on the serious difficulties that they face to compete in the same conditions in the job market.
This support by Unicaja Banco falls within the framework of its Equality Plan and within its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, and it responds to its commitment to diversity and equality, as well as to the achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with special focus on gender equality (SDG 5), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) and reduced inequalities (SDG 10)
The agreement has been signed by the Head of Institutional Relations and Relations with Stakeholders of Unicaja Banco, Fernando Ríos, and by the Regional Coordinator of Fundación Adecco, Miguel Ángel de Pedro.
Under this framework, the bank supports one more year the celebration of the Women’s Week 2021, initiative promoted by Fundación Adecco on the occasion of International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, and through which it intends to boost access to employment for women at risk of exclusion and to raise awareness on the need to achieve gender equality and full social and employment inclusion of those women in a situation of difficulty.
Workshops for women in a situation of vulnerability
Unicaja Banco becomes one of the more than 90 committed entities which support the 56 training workshops organized by Fundación Adecco for women at risk of exclusion, in order to provide them with key tools for their labour inclusion in the shortest term.
Those workshops are given at the 15 branches that Fundación Adecco has across Spain, joining in-person and remote activities. They aim at providing women at risk of exclusion with tools and resources to find a job. These workshops address key topics such as the digital image (video-interviews or secure use of social media) or the emotional aspect, with the goal of reinforcing their self-esteem and confidence as the pillars to access the job market. In addition to the training workshops, other activities are being organized, such as seminars with women of reference, whose experience is a source of inspiration and motivation in the process to find a job.
Additionally, Unicaja Banco support the initiative Vulnerables (www.somosvulnerables.org), a video reflecting how the economic crisis, social distancing, digital gap or the weakening of social and family networks in the COVID-19 era makes even more difficult finding a job for women faced obstacles before the pandemic.
Fundación Adecco, established in 1999, is the result of the Corporate Social Responsibility assumed by Grupo Adecco as global leader in human resources management. Its main goal is employment insertion of those people who, due to their personal characteristics, find it more difficult getting a job: disabled, over 55 and unemployed for a long time, women with non-shared family responsibilities or victims of domestic violence and other groups at risk of social exclusion.
Commitment of Unicaja Banco to equality and diversity
Following its own CSR model, since 2009 Grupo Unicaja Banco has got an Equality Plan, under which it reinforces equal opportunities between men and women, thus contributing to train and raise awareness on this issue among its employees, and to promote women effectively occupying their rightful place in businesses and institutions.
Likewise, the bank boosts several lines of actions to promote access, development and the promotion of women to responsibility positions, as well as to promote a greater female leadership in senior management, increasing the visibility of their talent through training actions and career plans among its staff.
In this context, it is worth to mention the presence of women in the current Board of Directors of Unicaja Banco, which exceeds 40%, in line with the recommendations related to good governance practices.
Additionally, within the framework of its Equality Plan, the bank includes the implementation of specific measures to boost the balanced assumption of responsibilities and favour juggling work and family life for their employees.
The bank also has a Protocol to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Harassment basedn Sex in the Workplace, and there are procedures to attend victims of domestic violence –outside the professional activity- and for pregnant and breastfeeding women.