ACCIONA ranks as one of the world’s top 25 corporations for diversity and social inclusion in the workplace, according to the 2019 Refinitiv Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Index published today. This is the second year in a row that ACCIONA is included in the index.
The distinction reflects ACCIONA’s forward-looking environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies at its infrastructure and renewable energy operations, as well as its commitment to gender equality, socially inclusive contracts and cultural diversity training for its 38,500-strong workforce in more than 65 countries.
The Refinitiv D&I index, now in its fourth year, analyses the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data of more than 7,000 listed companies worldwide to achieve a transparent and objective measure of the relative performance of these companies. The index aims to help financial professionals screen companies for long-term opportunities and risks in their investments, as well as empower gender lens investing strategies.
Camino San Millán, ACCIONA’s diversity and inclusion manager, says: “ACCIONA’s 2020 Sustainability Master Plan has ambitious diversity and inclusion targets and in 2018, we continued making progress towards achieving them. We are committed to building a working culture at Acciona that champions flexibility and inclusiveness, where people feel valued and respected, and where diversity enhances equal opportunities and enriches our working lives.”
ESG investment has become a global phenomenon, reflecting the rising importance of factors such as diversity and inclusion to the investor community – on the part of both institutional and retail investors. Generational shifts are likely to fuel this trend further, along with the focus of national regulators and governments in encouraging corporate governance and socially responsible investment over the long-term.
Forward-looking diversity and inclusion policies and strong environmental stewardship can be a growth engine for companies, strengthening their overall performance. Studies show companies that invest in and reinforce their ESG metrics deliver better long-term profitability and outperform their peers on the stock market.
Refinitiv, formerly the Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters, is one of the world’s largest providers of financial markets data, serving more than 40,000 institutions in over 190 countries. The D&I Index, launched in 2016, ranks the top 100 publicly traded companies globally with the most diverse and inclusive workplaces, as measured by 24 metrics across four key categories: Diversity, Inclusion, People Development and Controversies.