Salvador Bahia Airport receives seal of Ethnic-Racial diversity for the second time

Salvador Bahia Airport receives seal of Ethnic-Racial diversity for the second time

For the second year in a row, Salvador Bahia Airport received the Seal of Ethnic-Racial Diversity, granted by the Salvador City Hall's Reparation Secretariat to organizations that develop actions to promote racial equality. The Seal establishes guidelines and commitments for signatory companies with regard to combating institutional racism and promoting equity in labor relations.


Among the actions implemented at Salvador Bahia Airport in 2019 that led to the seal was the Diversity Committee created to develop and implement actions not only in the context of people management, but also in the institutional context. The Committee is a multidisciplinary group with an agenda to promote discussion on the topic, bringing ideas and actions aimed at combating discrimination. 


"Our committee has as its main objective to ensure the 6th item of the Together! Manifesto, through which VINCI Airports, the network of which Salvador Airport is part, is committed to diversity and equal opportunities, but this does not limit us. We want to fully impact the airport community and, why not, the city, the state, the country" says information security expert Marcele Santos, a member of the Diversity Committee. 


Also in 2019, a workshop was held aimed at raising awareness of ethnic and racial issues for employees and outsourced workers, a photographic exhibition of the concessionaire's employees and their partners in which they shared the difficulties faced due to racism, as well as an internal marketing campaign to raise the team's awareness of the use of racist terms – "Racism has disguises, ignorance does not."
    

"VINCI Airports brings diversity as one of its values, seeking to combat all forms of discrimination in the hiring, professional relationships and career development of its employees, including welcoming people from different backgrounds in their leadership positions" states the Human Resources Manager at Salvador Bahia Airport, Isabela Dantas.


Diversity as a Commitment


Salvador Bahia Airport's concessionaire, VINCI Airports, completes its second year of operation in January and already has a diverse workforce in race, origin, age, sexual orientation, religion and gender, reflecting the society in which it operates. Currently, 65% of the Airport employees declare themselves of African and mixed origins, as well as 52% of the leaders.


About Salvador Bahia Airport 


Located in Salvador, capital of the State of Bahia and Brazil's first historic capital, Salvador Bahia airport is part of the VINCI Airports’ network since January 2nd, 2018, through a 30-year Concession Agreement. Among the ten busiest airports in the country, it connects the state of Bahia to about 30 destinations, both domestic and international. 


Since the beginning of the concession, the airport has been incorporating global operating standards, seeking to deliver greater efficiency, safety and an enhanced travel experience to its passengers. Intense investments in an expansion and modernization program have led to the extension of the built area to 22,000m², the addition of six new boarding bridges, the opening of the commercial aviation runway and the installation of a fire detection and firefighting system. In addition, the airport has committed to support the state's economic development through traffic development and tourism stimulation initiatives.


Recognized as a green airport by the Airports Council International, Salvador Bahia airport stands out for its sustainability achievements among which the disposal of zero effluents, energy efficiency measures and the implementation of an effective solid waste recycling program, in line with VINCI Airports' commitment to carbon footprint reduction. The airport also seeks to value and promote the social and cultural specificities of Bahia, one of its greatest assets.


About VINCI Airports


VINCI Airports, as the leading private airport operator in the world, manages the development and operation of 46 airports located in France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Serbia, Cambodia, Japan, the United States, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil. Served by around 250 airlines, VINCI Airports' network handled 240 million passengers in 2018.


Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimize the management and performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects. In 2018, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €3.6 billion, for consolidated revenue of €1.6 billion. More comprehensive information is available on www.vinci-airports.com.