Celebrating International Women's Week With SEAT
Diversity and equal opportunities are something SEAT is passionately committed to and plays a huge part in the celebrations of International Women’s Week. With a whole host of activities to help promote diversity, tolerance, respect and inclusion, the Spanish car brand are celebrating over 3,000 women – making up 21% of SEAT’s workforce. With one of the highest ratios of men to women in the automotive sector, SEAT is also pleased to announce that 25% of SEAT women are in managerial positions.
Taking place between 8th – 12th March, International Women’s Week at SEAT will see a series of seminars and activities held at the corporate headquarters of SEAT S.A. in Martorell and at the SEAT:CODE and CASA SEAT spaces in the heart of Barcelona.
“Today, more than 3,000 women work in different areas of the company, amounting to 21% of the workforce, and we continue to strive every day to increase this number. All the women who form part of SEAT S.A. play a very important role in creating the future of the business. Diversity is a contributing value and positions us as an innovative, creative and unique company.”
SEAT Executive Vice-president for Human Resources and Organisation Xavier Ros.
One of the most notable initiatives held on Friday 12th March at CASA SEAT is a round table debate, including diversity expert and co-founder +Diversity, Mercè Brey, and gender specialist and CEO of Promundo Spain Consulting, Ritxar Bacete. It will also be attended by six professionals from the company, focusing on the role of women in the different professional levels of a company. Discussions will include career development, the glass ceiling and the growing number of women in technological positions.
As an advocate of equal opportunities and diversity, SEAT doesn’t make distinctions on gender, identity or sexual orientation during recruitment, when deciding salary or during professional growth. This is highlighted in the diversity of the SEAT workforce, which is made up of four generations of employees in eight different areas, speaking 26 different languages and collaborating with 67 nationalities. According to a study by the consultancy firm Dalia, an estimated 7% of employees are part of the LGTBI+ community.
Plus, with the SEAT Equality Plan in place since 2012, the company ensures discrimination is prevented, whilst promoting equal opportunities for everyone as part of the strategic principle of the company’s Corporate and Human Resources Policy.
For example, Pride@SEAT, an LGBT+ initiative (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other groups of sexual and gender minorities) - created in 2020 by SEAT employees - is supported by the Human Resources department with the main goal to create a space that is open to all people working in the company.
SEAT has also been encouraging the enrolment of women in the Apprentice School since 2018. The company continues to develop the “Women@SEAT” programme, promoting women with managerial potential. SEAT has also been recognised by the British newspaper Financial Times in its Diversity Leaders 2020 report, positioning SEAT S.A. as a leading company in Europe in terms of inclusion and diversity, placing the carmaker in 65th position out of 850 European businesses.
For further information and to speak to a member of our team about equal opportunities and diversity, please contact Caffyns SEAT today.