Ferrovial - Annual Report 2012


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Human Rights

Equality and non-discrimination

Through this commitment, included in its Code of Business Ethics, Ferrovial supports diversity as a business, social and legal principle, and complies with current legislation regarding equal opportunity.

As well as signing the Diversity Charter, Ferrovial has sponsored the second cycle of forums organized by the Diversity Foundation, called the Diversity Management Toolkit. The aim is to help generate a culture of non-discrimination and create a series of specific diversity management tools through four seminars with a practical and participative approach. The series comprised four forums in 2011 and 2012 with the aim of becoming a benchmark initiative for the analysis of effective and efficient people management models.

The Code of Business Ethics states that all employees shall be given equal opportunity to advance their professional careers on the basis of merit. This commitment has been recognized by Ferrovial S.A. receiving the Equality Award for Companies, valid until 2013. In 2012, the company was also awarded the “Empresa más Igual” (Most equal company) seal by the regional government of Madrid, for its promotion and implementation of equal opportunity initiatives, specifically its "IGUALA +" Plan.

The proportion of women in Ferrovial is 31%. Within each division, the numbers are as follows: 36% in Services, 32% in Toll Roads, 13% in Construction, 36% in Airports, 62% in Real Estate and 42% in Corporate.

The proportion of women on Ferrovial's governing bodies, i.e. the Board of Directors and management committees, and the management committees and corporate departments in the Group’s divisions and subsidiaries, amounts to 13%.

By professional category, women account for 13% of the total number of company executives, 25% of graduates (3- or 5-year degrees), 70% of clerical workers and 30% of manual workers and line personnel.

36% of the total number of women work part-time. In the countries in which Ferrovial has a significant presence, the number of women working in the company is as follows:

Spain 12,473 (36.44%) women
United Kingdom 3,456 (30.30%) women
Poland 754 (14.13%) women
United States  232 (9.54%) women
Other Countries  309 (17.65%) women

The Equality Plan includes 17 measures that have been implemented on a step-by-step basis since it was approved. One of them is the Work/Life Balance Plan, which includes measures such as the extension of maternity leave by two weeks, flexible reduced working hours in case of guardianship responsibilities when the person in question is caring for a child under 10, and special leave that adapts to employee needs.


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This is an electronic version of the 2012 Annual Report prepared by Ferrovial, S.A. for its stakeholders, which aims to be complete and accurate. The contents of this version can be checked by referring to the print version. A copy of the print version in PDF format is available to download on this web page