Equality Between Men and Women; Staff Diversity and the Integration of People with any Type of Disability

Abengoa safeguards and promotes equality between men and women and applies this principle in all of its human resource management policies: hiring, recruiting, training, performance review, promotion, compensation, working conditions, family-work life balance, communication, and the prevention of harassment.

Accordingly, Abengoa has its own Equality Framework Plan that applies to all company personnel, and which seeks, on the one hand, to ensure equality in the treatment and opportunities between men and women, and, on the other, to prevent any situation that may imply or constitute direct or indirect labor discrimination for reasons of gender.

The diversity of the company’s staff is a fact: more than 26,000 people conducting their activities in more than 70 countries, a fine example of coexistence among diverse cultures and nationalities.

In 2009, Abengoa implemented a whistleblower protocol for harassment in the workplace in order to deal with any potentially discriminatory situation within the company.

This protocol addresses whistleblower procedure and defines the situations that may constitute harassment. This is handled in accordance with the principles of confidentiality, credibility and timeliness in order to ensure and protect the privacy, dignity and rights of company employees.

There were no reports of any incidents involving discrimination in 2010 via Abengoa’s information channels to this effect. Nor were recorded incidents of violations of indigenous rights.


Staff Breakdown by Gender; Percentage of Female Representation in Managerial Positions and Origin of Locally-Based Managers

The distribution between men and women at Abengoa, at year-end 2010, totals 17.37 %, which represents an increase over 2009 of 3 %.

In terms of the total number of employees, the proportion of women totals 27.73 %.

Female representation on the Abengoa Board of Directors totals 20 %.

Also worth noting are the company’s figures in terms of the different countries of operation, which is reflected in the percentage of locally-based managers in the company organization chart, as illustrated below: