Better than a Mountain Goat: Women currently hold 33.5% of management positions in Alicante family businesses

HE equality continues to be one big tasks waiting It’s a fact that no one in the business world questions. But at least everything points to it happening steps in the right direction And we see that family companies, especially in Alicante, are starting to take action on this issue.

In this way, until 33.5% of senior management positions There are already such companies in the province occupied by women. A figure that still clearly emerges insufficientbut what improves national data Among such companies 28%. At the same time, it leaves the companies that make up the industry far behind. mountain goat 35at the end of last year there were almost none 22% with women He is among the top executives.

This has been highlighted in research Family business in Spain It is carried out by the IEF and the regional organizations that bring together such companies. state specific data Alicante They were announced at the Aefa meeting this Thursday. A study detailing the strengths and weaknesses of family businesses, which still experience one of the biggest difficulties in the generational change.

Gustavo Lubián and Esteban Sastre during their dialogue at the Aefa meeting. Alex Dominguez

On gender equality, the results of a survey conducted among IEF employees and their regional organizations reveal that: Only 38% of shareholders in family businesses are womena decreasing percentage 35.8% in the example of Alicante province. Likewise, so Only 30% of board members They are women – 30.8% in Alicante – which in this case would be below the figure offered by the major listed companies, which are currently close to 40% in compliance with European directives on this subject.

However, where companies stand out above the average is in the inclusion of women in management positions; In Alicante it is 33.5% and nationally it is 28%. A fact that the Aefa secretary and director of the GNA Juan Perán Ramos Chair wants to emphasize: Gustavo Lubian: “Property is something that is inheritedbut more women in management positions shows the will to progress“, he stated during the presentation.

Maite Antón, president of Aefa, surrounded by other female members of the organization. Alex Dominguez

Of course, national level data shows that: The larger the company, the fewer women there are. For his part, the Director of Economics and Business Administration of the Family Business Institute, who holds positions of responsibility, complained: Esteban Sastre.


Beyond this issue, the study also highlights the path that still needs to be taken to improve the governance of such firms. Therefore, only 53.9% of the companies consulted in Alicante program subrogation ordering generation change and having a similar percentage protocol To regulate relations between family and company. Moreover, only half of them have a family council to make joint decisions about the future of the business.

Loyalty to their region

IEF research highlights that up to 94% of family entrepreneurs think it is important to “root their business” in the region where they live, and up to 92.8%, for example, find providing care “very or extremely important.” Employment in the region. Therefore, a similar percentage is in favor of supporting measures that support the reconciliation of employees’ family and work life. Finally, 89.7% of company owners reveal their clear intention to pass the company on to future generations.

Source: Informacion


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