Bioazul selected as one of the 40 entities proposing good practices for gender equality
On the occasion of the Week dedicated to Gender Equality, the Spanish Network of the Global Compact has published on its website 40 successes stories of partner entities working to achieve gender equality. The network has selected Bioazul as one of the entities proposing good practices for this fundamental right.
Bioazul stands out for being one of the few small companies selected and that appears in the dossier together with large corporations nationwide. As a good practice, Bioazul defends the leadership of women in innovation. Bioazul states that it is committed to ensuring gender equality at all levels in the organization, including the participation of women in all the activities of the company, and in decision making.
Bioazul’s projects are aligned with the EC’s Gender Equality Strategy in H2020, the European policy for equal opportunities between men and women, and the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation. The most concrete measures applied by Bioazul are the integration of the gender dimension in its R&D and innovation projects, helping to improve the scientific quality and social relevance of the knowledge, technology and/or innovation produced; and the inclusion in the work plans of tasks focused on evaluating the impact of gender on the implementation and results of the projects.
Bioazul also invites gender auditors specialized in research and environmental issues to the expert panels it organizes. In addition, it selects women as external experts for these panels to achieve 50% female participation.
Two examples of projects coordinated by Bioazul are:
Water2REturn approximately a third of the scientists, engineers, and technicians involved in the project are women (56 participants of whom 20 are women (36%).
SUWANU EUROPE has 22 highly qualified female professionals, a high proportion of managers and scientists for the activities planned in the project (30.6%).
About Gender Equality
Gender equality is one of the fundamental rights established by the Charter of the United Nations since 1945 and it is also a basic pillar to achieve sustainable and equitable development in society. Although much progress has been made in this regard, women continue to suffer from inequality in representation in areas such as politics, economics or public life. Some of the data that demonstrate this reality are that in 2019 the global wage gap was 23% and the activity rate of women was 63% compared to 94% of men.
This commitment to gender equality is also very present today thanks to the 2030 Agenda with the Sustainable Development Goal number 5 dedicated to promoting equity between women and men. This SDG is considered the second most important, which means that companies are working more and more each day to promote this goal in their daily work and corporate culture.