5 February 2020. Nadia Calviño, Vice-President of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation of the Spanish Government; the Ibero-American Secretary-General, Ms. Rebeca Grynspan; the President of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi; and the President of Fundibeq and CEO of
AENOR, Rafael García Meiro, inaugurated a seminar on innovation and sustainable development at the headquarters of the Business Confederation.
The event was held in the framework of the presentation of the 2019 Ibero-American Quality Awards, a project affiliated with the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government; Prior to the event, there was also a panel by experts on innovation and sustainable development, which provided the basis for a reflection on how to improve the competitiveness of companies and the effectiveness of Ibero-American public administrations through Quality and Excellence in Management.
The vice president of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation of the Spanish Government, Nadia Calviño, praised the Ibero-American Quality Awards as they recognise excellence in management in an international context and disseminate best practices. In this regard, she stressed that what is expected in the future is a more sustainable and balanced development and assured that there can be no economic and financial sustainability if there is no social and environmental sustainability.
Calviño mentioned the Government's three essential focal points in this legislature and which are summarised as: fiscal responsibility, social sensitivity and structural reforms, with the aim of addressing global challenges. To make all this possible, he stressed the need for mutual trust between governments, markets, countries, companies and society. In fact, "we need to work hand in hand with companies and promote public-private collaboration" and, to promote values, sustainability and the development of people, as all of them are key to good management and competitiveness.
During her speech, the Ibero-American Secretary-General, Rebekah Grynspan highlighted that this award is a sample of the cooperation by public bodies and companies in the region to promote quality management. "The 22 Ibero-American countries participate in this project, so the recognition we give this afternoon is a prize indeed, a recognition from the entire Ibero-American Community," she said. She also congratulated the winners and nominees, who represent the best of the present and future of the region. Grynspan announced that the Mipyme Forum will be held in late April in Brazil, organised by CEIB and SEGIB. She also stated that "there is no country so rich that it has nothing to learn, nor a country so poor that it has nothing to contribute, especially in the area of regional cooperation." She highlighted the diversity of the awards and stressed the need to "continue moving forward together, as excellence never goes unnoticed."
The President of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, emphasised the importance of the award, especially because they show part of the hard work carried out during the period between summits, which allows us to prepare this very important event, which will be held this year under the slogan "Innovation for Sustainable Development-Agenda 2030." This ongoing activity, carried out by CEIB and SEGIB, is also carried out within the framework of collaboration with OIE, which brings together more than 150 business organisations from more than 140 countries and young entrepreneurs, CEAJE and FIJE. He also agreed with the other speakers, noting that the main objective of the meeting is to reward quality and that an effort must be made to comply with the SDGs, in order to improve competitiveness, through innovation and sustainable development.
The President of Fundibeq and CEO of AENOR, Rafael García Meiro stated that the 2019 version of the Ibero-American Model of Excellence in Management, pays special attention to the demands of society in the form of values. In this way, the award winners have been assessed in terms of their degree of alignment with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, on which there is already global consensus. García stressed that "public and private organisations recognised with the Ibero-American Quality Awards are making a decisive contribution at present, to make Ibero-America a benchmark of quality both now and, above all, in the future."
Prior to the event, there was also a panel by experts on innovation and sustainable development, which provided the basis for a reflection on how to improve the competitiveness of companies and the effectiveness of Ibero-American public administrations through Quality and Excellence in Management. Speaking at the panel were CEO of AENOR, Rafael García Meiro; the President of the CEOE R&D&I Committee, Pedro Mier Albert; and the CEO of Iberdrola España, Ángeles Santamaría. The session was moderated by the corporate director of Communication, Institutional Relations, People Development, Sustainability and CSR at Iberia, Juan Cierco. The Quality Awards were subsequently presented by the Director General of Fundibeq, Juan Luis Martín Cuesta.
The issues addressed during the panel discussion included innovation and sustainable development as essential elements for the development of companies. They also discussed how one should respond to these 21st century challenges and what specific measures should be taken to comply with Agenda 2030. In this regard, they approached issues such as the National Energy and Climate Plan, the greater implementation of clean energy, digitisation, sustainability and social and environmental sensitivity, among other topics.
Ibero-American Quality Awards 2019
During this edition of the Awards presented by the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) together with Fundibeq, the following companies received awards in the Gold category: Copel Distribuçao from the Brazilian energy sector; Fundación Coomeva, for entrepreneurship in Colombia; Petstar for recycling in Mexico; SABESP MC for sanitation and water in Brazil; the CFE Golfo Norte Distribution Division of Mexico for energy distribution, and the Dr. Hugo Mendoza Pediatric Hospital, in the Dominican Republic in the health sector.
In the Silver category, the winners were: Amarey Nova Medical, in the pharmaceutical sector and the Imbanaco Medical Centre in healthcare in Colombia; the Iberostar Selection Varadero resort (Cuba) in tourism; Iberdrola Mexico, for generation of renewable energy and to SABESP MS of Brazil for sanitation and water.
Furthermore, Garantías Comunitarias, a financial company in Colombia, received a special mention, and A.E.S Andrés, a company in the Dominican Republic dedicated to electricity production, was recognised as a finalist.
In the two decades that the award has been running, it has been awarded to 201 organisations from 13 countries, 111 of which have been private companies (55%) and 90 of them public administrations and companies (45%).
Mexico is the country with the highest number of distinctions (58), followed by Colombia and Spain (each with 32). For this reason, the Mexican national award was especially recognised by SEGIB and Fundibeq.
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