Salvador Bahia Airport awards ethnical-racial diversity certification

Salvador Bahia Airport awards ethnical-racial diversity certification

Salvador Bahia Airport has awarded the Ethnical-Racial Diversity Certification, granted by Salvador City Hall. The acknowledgement is given to organizations that develop actions to promote racial equality in work relationships and set guidelines and commitments aiming to fight against institutional racism.


Salvador Bahia Airport’s CEO, Julio Ribas celebrates the accomplishment. “We do value the local identity and it’s an honor to be acknowledged as a company that makes continuous efforts to promote diversity at workplace, in operations management and in the relationship with its users”.

Salvador Airport Concessionaire, a member of VINCI Airports’ network, has done a lot of efforts to stand as an ethnical-racial inclusion environment. An example was “Afro innovation”: a set of activities to celebrate Black Consciousness Month in Brazil.

Also, in November, employees, sub concessionaires, and suppliers that work at the Airport enrolled a workshop about ethnical-racial diversity and social relationships. The training was given by Mr. Leomar Borges dos Santos, Articulation and Special Projects to Diversity Coordinator in Salvador City Hall.


“Salvador Airport Concessionaire is giving a big step when committing with ethnical-racial diversity because this is an issue hard to discuss. We have already started a training process, during an event in which Salvador Airport’s CEO was present. It shows how strategic this commitment is to the company”, says Mr. Santos. The goal of the training was to make workers and companies in the Airport aware of the challenges to promote racial equity inside the organizations.


Diversity as a commitment


VINCI Airports, network of what Salvador Bahia Airport is part of, has diversity as one of its core values. The company seeks to fight against all kinds of discrimination during hiring processes, as well in professional relationships and in career development of its employees, including people of different backgrounds in leadership positions.


Salvador Airport Concessionaire has a diverse workforce in terms of race, origin, age, sexual orientation and gender, reflecting the society it is part of. 66% of its collaborators declare itself black or brown, as well as 73% of people in leadership positions of supervisors and coordinators and 25% among managers and directors. 65% of the women who are part of the staff is black.


“The challenge for the next years is promoting internal policies of development and plans of succession that allow the ascension of black and brown professionals to senior positions in leadership”, says Salvador Bahia Airport HR Manager, Isabela Dantas.

The implementation of inclusion polices in the hiring processes of trainees and apprenticeships is in progress. Salvador Airport’s HR team is also creating a committee of diversity which aims to develop and implement actions inside the department and in institutional context. The Committee will be a multidisciplinary group to promote debates and come up with ideas and actions to fight against discrimination.


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