Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality are key elements of our strategy at Applus+, so we carry out a variety of initiatives to promote these values throughout the Group and at a local level in the countries we operate.
In 2019, the most relevant activities included:
The Energy & Industry Division In LATAM (Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Chile), Asia Pacific and North America celebrated International Women's Day 2019. This year's motto was "Balance for Better', which sets the course for promoting gender equality and fostering dialogue on the importance of diversity.
In the Energy & Industry Division In the USA, we are currently part of the Buffalo Niagara Diversity and Inclusion Council, where we attend quarterly meetings that work to promote opportunities and awareness about diversity based on nationality, disability and other areas.
We also regularly attend the Women in Energy Conferences in the United States. We have a team of female employees that represent Applus+ at these conferences and learn about opportunities and challenges for women within the energy Industry.
We continue collaborating with the BBBE-E's (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) initiative. The BBBE-E is an initiative by the South African government to redress the apartheid-era legacy of the social and economic imbalance. Applus+ in South Africa achieved Level IV BBBE-E certification.