ClosinGap presents the first toolkit of good practice to close the gender gap in Spain

ClosinGap presents the first toolkit of good practice to close the gender gap in Spain

ClosinGap, a cluster focused on analyzing the economic and social cost of gender inequality and promoting measures to close gender gaps in Spain, presents the first toolkit of good practice on equality created nowadays. As part of the II ClosinGap Economic Equality Summit, the initiative today released a specific and proven roadmap, based on nearly 300 practices, which is committed to harnessing female talent as a strategic focus and driver of recovery economy of the country.

This white paper brings together the experience and best practices of the twelve large companies that make up ClosinGap (Merck, MAPFRE, Vodafone, Repsol, Meli Hotels Internacional, L’Oral Espaa, Mahou San Miguel and Soln de Cabras, BMW Group, PwC, Bankia , Grupo Social ONCE and KREAB), and which bring together nearly a million workers. The toolbox presents a specific and proven roadmap, supported by successfully implemented analyzes, measures and indicators, which serves as a reference tool for public organizations, businesses and social agents to work together to put into practice and progress towards a more equitable and just society.

The document is a firm step towards closing the gender gap and is the result of the work that member companies have done over the years to promote equal opportunities within their organizations. With a clear call for public-private collaboration, the toolkit addresses areas of work that range from the promotion of female employment, the presence of women in positions of responsibility, the promotion of equal pay; through reconciliation, disconnection, health and well-being, but also actions related to digitization and STEM talents, or participation in social action projects.

From beginning to end

The ClosinGap Toolkit begins in the selection process itself and covers the entire professional career of women, with particular attention to pay equity, return to work after periods of leave and maternity. . It also includes actions aimed at increasing the presence of women in management positions, generating leadership through mentoring projects or creating spaces for discussion.

Reconciliation, unfinished business

Reconciliation is one of the areas in which companies have worked the most, but there is still a long way to go. The document lists the reconciliation of working hours and school hours, flexible hours, smart work or teleworking among the most effective measures.

Free time, the great forgotten

Emphasis is also placed on free time, a key indicator, through the promotion of agreements with sports, cultural and social spaces; to promote well-being and health through information campaigns or actions aimed at promoting healthy habits or preventing disease. Likewise, the need to promote female vocation in the digital sector is underlined, after detecting that gender gaps are reproducing in the online environment.

“ClosinGap was born with the firm intention of bridging the gender gap and building a more equitable and prosperous society, and we have succeeded in establishing ourselves as a benchmark in calculating the opportunity cost of gender inequality. sexes. Not only have we analyzed and published data that highlights the deep inequalities between men and women in Spain, but we have also demonstrated the enormous negative impact they have on the country’s development. Today we are proposing a clear and concrete roadmap and showing the way for public and private institutions and companies to work together to end gender disparities ”, says Marieta Jimnez, President of ClosinGap and European President of Merck Healthcare.

ClosinGap Award

In its first edition, the ClosinGap Awards recognized the economic, professional and journalistic work in the social transformation towards greater equality of opportunity of Mara Blasco, molecular biologist and director of the National Center for Oncology Research; Rosa Mara Calaf, journalist and correspondent; and Augusto Lpez Claros, economist and executive director of the Global Governance Forum.

More than 450 people followed the meeting live in streaming. The II ClosinGap Summit had the participation of the highest representatives of the cluster, who shared a panel with level speakers and female referents such as Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality, and Carmen Calvo, First Vice-President of the government, which intervened in a virtual; Javier Rodrguez Zapatero, president of ISDI, and Cristina Miter, journalist and promoter of the women’s leadership movement. During the day, women and the economy were debated, through round tables on the impact of the pandemic on the gender gap, the role of women as a lever of economic recovery, female talents on the job market, or leadership. feminine in social and technological transformation.

Women as agents of change in a country penalized by the loss of female talent

ClosinGap has published nine case studies to date that quantify the opportunity cost of inequalities in key areas such as health, work-life balance, pensions, leisure, mobility, tourism, employment, the digital domain and consumption. The results obtained show two parallel realities: on the one hand, the loss of female talent subtracts the GDP from the Spanish economy; and in turn, women assume clear leadership in the process of social change in areas such as mobility, tourism, digitization or consumption, with sustainability as a common denominator. The initiative is already working on the next report, which will analyze the impact of gender inequality in rural areas.

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