BOOSTING SPORT IN SPAIN
Commitment to sport is part of the Iberdrola Group's DNA
Sport is a key tool for reinforcing the company's commitment to society. In a world in which sport is a catalyst for dreams and passions, the Iberdrola Group has demonstrated over the years an unwavering commitment to supporting sport in all its facets.
The Iberdrola Group has always considered sports as an ideal scenario to raise awareness of the importance of promoting a practice free of discrimination and violence. Since 2005, we have made a constant and visionary effort to support not only sporting events at the highest level, but also the construction and strengthening of the sporting base, especially with regard to women's sports.
Iberdrola's journey in the world of sport runs parallel to our development as a company, and we can mention such noteworthy sporting events as the emblematic America's Cup sailing competition in 2007, an event that challenges the waves and the competitiveness of the participating teams and for which the Group not only offered its sponsorship, but also christened the participating Spanish team as 'Desafío Iberdrola' (Iberdrola Challenge), symbolising its commitment to excellence and constant improvement.
Our commitment soon extended to the field of play. At the 2010 Men's World Cup, we became involved as supporters of the Spanish national team, sharing their passion for the competition and their desire to reach the top. Through our support for the national team, we experienced a moment of inspiration and unity at national level around a common goal: to be world champions.
The Iberdrola Group, of which Iberdrola España forms part, was a pioneer in the global commitment to promoting the participation of women in sports under the same conditions as men. All of this with the aim of advancing towards gender equality, one of the company's core values in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Iberdrola España in women's sport: a historic commitment to equality
The real paradigm shift came in July 2016. At that time, Iberdrola España became the first to make a global commitment to promoting women's participation in sport, thanks to its alliance with the Spanish National Sports Council (CSD) through the Universo Mujer (Women's Universe) programme.
Since then, we have also been promoting women's sport in all areas (school, amateur and professional), contributing to the creation of new role models in society and encouraging healthy habits from an early age.
The company was the first to promote women's football. We named the competition which, in 2016, was called Iberdrola Primera División Femenina RFEF, and in 2018 it became Primera Iberdrola until the 2021/22 season.
We are currently committed to the professionalisation of women's football by promoting women's football competitions such as the Iberdrola Queen's Cup and the Iberdrola Spanish Super Cup, as well as the Iberdrola First Federation.
We are the leading promoter of women's sport in our country. We support 32 national sports federations, we give our name to 32 top-level leagues and 100 other competitions. This enriching impulse reaches two out of every three federated women in Spain - a total of more than 600,000 sportspeople - and the number of women's licences in the Federations we support has grown by 36%.
At Iberdrola, we committed from the outset, and with total conviction, to support women's sport, recognising the historical inequality and lack of visibility it has suffered. We did our bit on the ground to lead the transformation of society. Our support was translated into concrete actions in schools and lower categories, as well as in the amateur field, and reaching the most professional levels.
Our commitment has always been aligned with supporting the dreams of thousands of athletes, both male and female. Investing across the board in grassroots sport served to pave the way for identifying and developing emerging talent, demonstrating that a nation's sporting future is built on youth.
We have been present, and will continue to be, in disciplines of all kinds, such as the Iberdrola European Paralympic Sailing Championships or the Iberdrola Paralympic Sailing Circuit, providing equal opportunities for athletes with disabilities and demonstrating that sport is a force that transcends physical and social barriers.
Women's soccer became a beacon of inspiration at all levels. Support for the Spanish national team crystallized in the wonderful and historic achievement of winning the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. This milestone not only resonates in the stadiums, but becomes in its own right a symbol of perseverance and empowerment for all young women who yearn to make history in sport.
Iberdrola's commitment to women's and Paralympic sport is further cemented through partnerships with clubs and teams in a multitude of disciplines. From sailing to football, Iberdrola is an indispensable partner in the pursuit of sporting greatness.