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Ignacio Galán, Management Leadership Award by the AEC: “Today, quality is sustainable development”

The Spanish Association for Quality (AEC) has given the Management Leadership Award to Ignacio Galán, the chairman of Iberdrola, to acknowledge his personal and professional commitment towards management excellence and a career that should inspire new generations and portray Spain as a benchmark for quality and excellence. The award was made this morning during a ceremony organised by the Association to celebrate World Quality Day. The main topic of the event was the potential for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to boost and bring about new business opportunities, enhance brand value and retain talent.

In his speech, the chairman of Iberdrola pointed out the key elements that have brought the company to where it is today, based on "solid values such as effort, loyalty, honesty and teamwork; an innovative vision to anticipate long-term challenges; dynamic management to adapt to change and an execution that favours growth, sustainable development and the creation of value for employees, shareholders and society".

Mr Galán recalled that, "in 2001, it became clear to us that the battle against climate change was one of the major challenges humanity would have to face. We realised that shifting towards a decarbonised economy was the only way forward and that the electricity sector could provide efficient solutions." "We got a step ahead of everyone else, " said Mr Galán, "by making a pioneering commitment to renewables and proving that they are a feasible and efficient alternative in producing energy."

Iberdrola's journey has placed it in a globally-leading position that "has always been guided by a business model that works to create sustainable value for shareholders, employees and society. "All these actions, " he explained, "are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, which we have built into our strategy."

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