Today Petróleos Mexicanos and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Mexico presented the Institutional Social Inclusion Strategy, a joint initiative that will be implemented in Pemex during this year, in order to consolidate discrimination free working environments. This initiative is addressed to women, people with special needs, and to the LGBTTI community.
This agreement will position Pemex as a national and regional leader in the subject, said Victor Díaz Solís, Corporate Director of Pemex Administration. He noted that issues of inclusion and equality enrich the development and capabilities of human resources, which are a key element in the transformation of Petróleos Mexicanos.
Meanwhile, Marcia de Castro, UN's resident coordinator in Mexico, said that the goal of this program is to guarantee that all staff members of this institution have the same rights and opportunities to perform in the workplace regardless sex, gender identity, special needs, sexual orientation or any other condition.
This strategy, she pointed out, will have positive effects in the life quality of all the staff members which will help them reconcile family and work life, and access working conditions free of discrimination.
Conapred President, Ricardo Bucio Mujica, said that Pemex has two challenges for the implementation of this initiative: the harmonization of its internal regulations in accordance to the current legislation in equality and non-discrimination, and the transformation of the institutional culture.
Laws, he mentioned, do not change social treatment by themselves but initiatives such as this are to be celebrated since equality of rights and opportunities is very beneficial to Mexico.
Aiming to achieve these objectives, the strategy contemplates awareness raising actions on human rights, non-discrimination and inclusive language for all workers; the strengthening of policies for addressing workplace violence and for adopting non-discriminatory hiring practices with gender perspective, and conducting a regional meeting with other companies belonging to the energy sector to share and spread good practices in this area, among others.
The long-term goal of this strategy is that social inclusion and gender equality become pillars of the organizational culture of the company.
The event was attended by José Ignacio Ruby, Undersecretary of Labor and Social Welfare; Congresswoman Cristina Diaz, president of the Commission for the Assistance to Vulnerable Groups of the Honorable Chamber of Deputies and Jesus Toledano, General Director of the National Council for the Development and the Inclusion of People with Disabilities.