Madrid, 8 march 2023. On International Women's Day, COFIDES reaffirms its commitment to effective equality between men and women.

Coinciding with this anniversary, the company has signed its adhesion to the Diversity Charter, whose design and implementation is the responsibility of the Foundation for Diversity by mandate of the European Commission. By signing this document, COFIDES expresses its respect for current regulations on equal opportunities and non-discrimination, which includes principles such as having a diverse workforce, promoting an inclusive culture and facilitating work-life balance policies.

José Luis Curbelo, President and CEO of the company, stressed that "we aspire for COFIDES to be a space of coexistence, in which all its staff are guaranteed the free development of their professional careers and in which gender equality and diversity are essential values". He has also pointed out that "this is something that has marked the commitment of our activity in financing sustainable development for decades, and it is being strengthened and systematized in our internal organization since our Gender Policy in the workplace was approved in 2015".

COFIDES has also published an internal guide entitled 'Good practices in COFIDES for the use of inclusive language'. In compliance with the objectives set out in the Equality Plan, this document contains the main recommendations to promote the use of language as a tool for inclusion in COFIDES communications.

COFIDES has a Gender Policy in the workplace and a Protocol on workplace, sexual and gender-based harassment. It has also created an Equality Committee, approved its Equality Plan and adhered to the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPS).


COFIDES is a a state-owned company engaging in the management of State and third-party as well as its own funds, pursues a number of aims: internationalisation of Spain’s economy, furtherance of economic development and fortification of the solvency of companies affected by COVID-19. In addition to the Spanish State, its shareholders include Banco Santander, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Banco Sabadell and Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).