In Spain, we’ve been focusing on questions around diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure we have a pleasant working environment that provides equal opportunities, respect for individuals and freedom from any form of discrimination or harassment.
Ensuring equal opportunities has been a strong commitment at Vifor Pharma for many years. But it’s more than just differences between men and women. Gender, sexual orientation, age, cultural backgrounds – they are all important and relevant.
At Vifor Pharma Spain, the culture and mindset is well advanced when it comes to equal opportunities and non-discrimination. But it’s important to reinforce our commitment and demonstrate how much this matters to us as a company. In Spain, we’ve piloted an awareness campaign related to questions around inclusion, diversity, nondiscrimination and equal opportunities. A similar campaign is planned to be rolled-out globally.
We started an internal communication initiative challenging certain types of perceptions. For example, reinforcing the idea that responsibilities for taking care of children and the home need to be shared, allowing women to take on jobs with greater responsibility and have ownership of their career. We’re also starting a project around inclusive language – this is more difficult in Spanish, because words are either masculine or feminine, and it sometimes may be harder to say the same thing in a neutral way.
I would say that our employees in Spain are well aware that all these things are important. They appreciate our efforts to ensure an environment that is free of discrimination and that offers equality of opportunity. General feedback also shows that people have a positive perception of Vifor Pharma as an employer. This really helps us to continue to attract good and talented people who share our common values.