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IMDEA Water approves its equality plan

IMDEA Water Foundation, as an entity dedicated to research, is committed to the principles contained in the “European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code, C&C)”. These documents detail the principles and recommendations on the responsibilities and obligations of researchers, employers and funding entities with regards to four topics: ethical and professional aspects, recruitment (open, transparent and merit-based), working conditions and social security and training.

Among the general principles and requirements applicable to employing entities we find the principles of non-discrimination, flexible working conditions, and gender balance.

For its part, the code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers consists of a series of general principles and requirements that employers and/ or funding entities must follow when appointing or hiring researchers, guaranteeing compliance with principles such as recruitment process transparency and equal treatment for all candidates.

In addition, the IMDEA Water’s code of ethics also establishes that the principles of equality, merit and capacity shall be applied in the recruitment process, not discriminating in any way on the basis of gender, in addition to undertaking, with a particular exemplary commitment, the rules and regulations that guarantee equal opportunities for all citizens, regardless of their gender.

In accordance with the above, IMDEA Water Foundation declares its commitment to establishing and developing policies that integrate equal treatment and opportunities between women and men, without discriminating directly or indirectly on the basis of gender, as well as to driving and promoting measures to achieve and maintain real equality within our organization. Thus, establishing equal opportunities between women and men as a strategic principle of our corporate and human resources policy, in accordance with the definition of this principle established by Organic Law 3/2007, of March 22nd, for effective equality between women and men.

In each and every one of the areas this Foundation works, from recruiting to promoting (including wage policy, training, working and employment conditions, health and safety and work-life balance, among other aspects), we assume the principle of equal opportunities between women and men, with special regard to indirect discrimination, meaning “The situation in which an apparently neutral provision, criteria or practice puts a person of one gender at a particular disadvantage compared to people of the other gender”.

IMDEA Water's equality plan, recently approved, reflects this Institute's commitment to equality and optimal working conditions. The general objective of the equality plan is to achieve equal treatment and opportunities, eliminating any possible discrimination based on gender within the scope of IMDEA Water.

You can download our equality plan here: