The prize recognises the initiatives in the areas of vocational training and gender diversity implemented in the project
ACCIONA and Linha Uni, the companies running Line 6-Orange of the São Paulo Metro, have been recognised in the “Diversity “category in the 8th edition of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Awards in the “Estação Sustentar” category.
This initiative sets out to create a positive impact on society through vocational training and gender diversity programmes in the project. The idea is to promote vocational training among communities in São Paulo with an HDI below the average for the city, contributing to employability and increasing the participation of women in civil construction works.
At the start of the project In the second semester of 2021 sixty-seven people participated in the vocational training programme with a total of 7,904 hours. The first classes, taught in institutions such as Senai, included a number of trades such as bakery, welding, electrician, maintenance personnel, crane operators, etc.
A few months after the start of work on the project, in December 2021, there were already 257 women working on the Line 6-Orange project, i.e. more than 10% of the workforce. Of these, 35 were able to work thanks to the vocational training offered by the project. According to data from the Brazilian Chamber of the Construction Industry (CBIC), the national average for women’s participation in the construction sector was 9.9% in 2019.
"When developing our projects we are also showing a commitment to the environment and to the promotion of improvements in people’s quality of life in the regions where we operate. Among these improvements, the inclusion and training of women is one of our priorities, as we want to transform the infrastructure sector through gender equality", says André De Angelo, Director of the Infrastructure Division of ACCIONA in Brazil and President of the Board of Directors of Linha Uni.
Since 2012, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Prize has fulfilled the objective of disseminating and strengthening the commitment of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil and its associates to promote sustainability as a fundamental strategy among the Spanish companies that operate worldwide.
The jury was made up of Cebds, FGVces, Pacto Mundial and SITAWI. They evaluated each project according to the criteria of Relevance, Implementation and Application of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.