REN once again strengthened its commitment to gender equality with the renewal of its membership in iGEN - Fórum Organizações para a Igualdade, of which it has been a member since 2014.
In a public ceremony that took place on 18 May, in Lisbon, the company formalised the renewal of the agreement with the iGen Forum, which five new companies have joined (Edit Value, El Corte Inglés, Jerónimo Martins, Merck Portugal, and Sonae MC). Ana Chamiço, from the Human Resources Department, represented REN at the event, which was attended by the Secretary of State for Equality and Migrations, Isabel Almeida Rodrigues, the Secretary of State for Labour, Miguel Fontes, and the President of the Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment (CITE - Comissão para a Igualdade no Trabalho e no Emprego), Carla Tavares.
For Teresa Barreiros, REN's Head of Human Resources, the 'renewal of this commitment that we formally took on in April 2014, not only confirms but also boosts the policies and strategies for gender equality, both internally and externally, which we have been developing and which are evident in our Plans for Gender Equality, where we annually present measures in various areas that promote equal opportunities, diversity, inclusion, and the attraction of new talent'.
Supported by the 2022 Gender Equality Plan, REN's commitment encompasses measures and policies aimed at, among others, continuing to counter the perpetuation of gender stereotypes and reinforcing a culture of equality between women and men; contributing to a fair and objective selection and recruitment process; promoting a better balance between women and men in the company; guaranteeing the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value; promoting the reconciliation of professional life with the family and personal life of employees; and ensuring the right to parental leave for employees.
iGen is promoted by the Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment as well as by its member companies, which commit to developing actions to furthering gender equality in their structures. Every year, the signing ceremony of the Accession and Renewal of Commitments Agreements consecrates the accession of new members and the renewal of the commitment of those who are already part of the Forum, in a clear sign of the importance attributed to gender equality in the internal policies of the companies that make it up, as well as the interest raised by the principles and objectives that guide this Forum.
Created in 2013, iGen is made up of 74 companies that operate in Portugal, both national and multinational, from the public, private, and social economy sectors, and together represent around 2% of the Portuguese GDP.
iGen's members are committed to a collective culture of social responsibility and justice, by incorporating the principles of equality and non-discrimination between women and men in the labour market into their management strategies.