Iberdrola México receives the Gold Award for Best Practices in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) For his project “Impulso STEM” (abbreviated in English from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), which promotes the study of scientific and technological professions in the State of Oaxaca, and is committed to gender equality.
The award was presented in Fourteenth Ibero-American Business Meeting, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, under XXVIII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government.
explained Enrique Alba, CEO of Iberdrola Mexico, after receiving the award at a led event King of Spain, Felipe VIAndrés Allamand, Head of the Iberoamerican General Secretariat (SEGIB).
This honor – awarded by the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) in alliance with the Ibero-American Foundation for Quality Management (FUNDIBEQ) – is added to the awards received by the company in 2021, which in 2024 will celebrate a quarter century of existence.presence in Mexico.
In 2021, the company has already been honored with the same award for two of its programs: Lights of hope – which electrifies rural communities in Oaxaca and Huasteca Potosina through solar panels and batteries – and Epidemic mitigation plan and safe return to work.
“In Iberdrola México, we cannot imagine our growth without protecting the environment, fighting poverty, promoting education and the well-being of the workforce,” Enrique Alba added.
next to, Iberdrola México awarded the Ibero-American Quality Award in 2021 and 2019which FUNDIBEQ itself considers an “Award of Awards”.
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A 2022 study by the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness (IMCO) titled “Where are the Scientists? Gender Gaps in STEM Careers” found that only 3 out of 10 professionals in STEM and math studies are women. In addition, according to the 2021-2022 academic year, these majors consist of more than 996,000 female students, compared to about 494,000 female students.
In this context, “Impulso STEM”, from Iberdrola Mexico, encourages women to study these types of careers in order to: Breaking the gender and wage gap that still exists in Mexico.
as part of the programme Scholarships covering studies and maintenance are awarded, So far, it has supported 58 young people, half of whom are women. The fourth call opened in February 2023 and looks to award 23 scholarships to young people from Oaxaca.
Teachers are also trained to encourage youth interest in studying one of these professions with the aim of positively impacting 12,000 young people in the region.
Montserrat López, from Oaxaca, is a 20-year-old renewable energy engineering student at the Technological University of the Central Valleys of Oaxaca (UTVCO), Allied Academic Center in Iberdrola Mexico for “Impulso STEM”.
The young woman understands that this program is committed to “equality” in the often patriarchal higher education.
“If they give us this opportunity, we should take advantage of it. Science and mathematics jobs are available to everyone. Women can also excel in this field and do it in a very good way,” emphasized the young woman from San Jose del Progreso. Ocotlán, Oaxaca.