Equality of opportunity, lack of discrimination and respect for human rights, which are basic principles included in the Group’s Code of Conduct, are also determining factors when advancing the professional and personal development of all the ACS Group’s employees. Companies representing 86.9% of Group employees express their formal, documented commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the development of their Human Rights policy.
The ACS Group rejects any type of discrimination, in particular that due to age, sex, religion, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. This commitment extends to selection and promotion processes, which are based on assessment of the person’s capabilities, on the analysis of the requirements of the job post and on individual performance.
Currently, companies representing 57.0% of ACS Group employees have formal programmes to ensure equality of opportunities. These Equality Plans include specific actions as regards selection and hiring of personnel, salary, training, working days, professional promotion, assistance, bonuses and social, health and occupational risk prevention policies, as well as in matters of gender violence. A total of 1,205 women were reported in management posts in the company in 2014 (12.0% of total management personnel).
The ACS Group also promotes the hiring of people with disabilities and offers them a working environment which enables them to develop under conditions of equality. In this regard, 4,824 disabled people were working in the ACS Group at 31 December 2014.
The ACS Group also understands the relevance that having local roots and being sensitive to each place’s particular nature has in the company’s success. For that reason, it promotes direct hiring of local employees and managers. The number of executives from the local community totalled 590 in 2014 (5.9% of the Group’s total management personnel).