CaixaBank launches a new edition of its 'Business Woman Awards', which recognize the careers of leading women in Spain

CaixaBank has launched the sixth edition of its 'CaixaBank Women in Business Awards', which each year recognize the talent and professional excellence of 14 leading businesswomen in Spain who are benchmarks for their careers, strategic vision, capacity for innovation and transformative leadership.

The 'CaixaBank Women in Business Awards', which have been consolidated in recent years for their recognition of business excellence and for their contribution to promoting gender equality in Spanish society, will award 14 leading women, one for each Territorial Directorate of the bank. Subsequently, in a second phase, the national winner will be chosen, who will be one of the representatives at the IWEC Awards 2022 of the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), the global network of leading businesswomen from around the world who cooperate at the international level. global.

Deadline open until May 25

Interested businesswomen can request information on the bases of this year's call and submit their applications by email
[email protected] until next May 25.

The candidates must meet, on the one hand, the conditions established by IWEC, among others, being a shareholder of their company and being actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business. For its part, the company must be at least three years old, have a minimum annual income equivalent to 1.5 million dollars, and show a commitment to honesty, fairness, objectivity and responsibility.

Additionally, merit assessment criteria are applied to the candidates both in terms of the success of their business activity and their professional career, such as the degree of innovation of their companies, job creation, financial strength or ESG sustainability. ; as well as their leadership capacity or their participation in initiatives to promote diversity and female entrepreneurship, among others.

After receiving the nominations, in the first phase, the awards jury, made up of a group of directors from CaixaBank, will choose 14 leading businesswomen, winners for each of the 14 Territorial Directorates of the entity.

Subsequently, in the national phase, the national winner will be chosen from among the territorial winners, who will be one of the Spanish representatives in the IWEC awards, succeeding Inés Juste, president of the Juste Group; Rocío Hervella, founder and CEO of Prosol; Arancha Manzanares, Vice President of Ayesa; Lina Mascaró, president of Grupo Mascaró; and Pilar Martínez-Cosentino, Vice President of the Cosentino Group, all of them national winners of past editions of the 'CaixaBank Women in Business Awards'.

In parallel, BPI, a subsidiary of CaixaBank in Portugal, awards the 'Premios Mulher Empresária BPI', which celebrates its fifth edition this year. Its winners, women leaders in the Portuguese business community, are also representatives of Portugal in the IWEC awards.

The CaixaBank Women Entrepreneur Community

All the women who have won the 'CaixaBank Women in Business Awards' are invited to participate in the CaixaBank Women in Business Community, a virtual community, operating through a private space on LinkedIn, which is set up as a platform for sharing knowledge, ideas and experiences , and a meeting point to establish professional links between the group of award-winning managers.

The Community, which already has 63 members, also offers access to exclusive experiences, such as forums, debates, conferences and national and international events, with which it wants to contribute to the development and leadership of women in the field of business.

The IWEC Awards

The International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), based in New York, is a worldwide network of leading businesswomen in their sector, who support the ownership of companies, and who cooperate globally through chambers of commerce and business organizations with the goal of connecting and developing female leadership.

Every year, within the framework of its Annual Conference, the IWEC awards are given in order to recognize and support women entrepreneurs from all over the world. Among other aspects, the IWEC awards aim to increase the visibility of women entrepreneurs, so that they can play an important and decisive part in the development of the global economy of the 21st century.

After two years of conferences in virtual format, this year, the IWEC awards are scheduled to be presented in Madrid from November 13 to 15, in a meeting that will bring together great personalities from the global business world.

Since its creation in 2007, IWEC has awarded 460 businesswomen with a presence in 47 countries. The companies led by these businesswomen generate 295,416 jobs and have an aggregate turnover of over 41,000 million dollars.

Wengage, CaixaBank's commitment to equality

Diversity, meritocracy, equal opportunities and recognition of talent are some of the pillars of CaixaBank's corporate culture. Under these premises, it works with the commitment to be a benchmark for its employees, promoting inclusion and participation and promoting projects that promote equality both in the company and in society as a whole. In fact, CaixaBank has 41.3% women in management positions and 40% women on the Board of Directors, one of the highest percentages in the sector.

CaixaBank has the Wengage diversity program, a transversal project developed by people from all areas of the entity based on meritocracy and the promotion of equal opportunities, which works to promote and visualize gender, functional and generational diversity. Wengage includes internal measures to promote flexibility and conciliation, to make diversity visible and to reinforce the role of women, with training programs or female mentoring plans, through which the entity's directors advise other professionals in the development of your professional career.

Wengage also develops external initiatives for clients and society, based on promoting diversity and equal opportunities in three areas of action: leadership and entrepreneurship, innovation and education, and sport.

In addition, CaixaBank has an Equality Plan to promote the principles of equal opportunities and diversity in work teams, promote the presence of women in managerial positions and reinforce measures to reconcile personal and professional life. It includes, for example, the gender perspective in management development programs and in selection and training processes, and encourages teleworking and flexibility.

CaixaBank is a member of the international Target Gender Equality program and the Women's Empowerment Principles of the United Nations; the Voluntary Agreement with the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality More women; and the Diversity Charter, to promote equal opportunities and anti-discrimination measures.

In addition, since 2018, CaixaBank has adhered to the EJE&CON Code of Good Practices for Talent Management and Improving the Company's Competitiveness, committing itself to promoting the presence of women in management positions. It is also part of the STEAM Alliance for female talent "Niñas en pie de Ciencia", an initiative led by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to promote STEAM vocations in girls and young women.

Thanks to this commitment, CaixaBank is among the top five companies in the world in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index 2022.

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