The fifth edition of the Alares Awards, the most important form of recognition regarding the Conciliation of Working, Family and Personal Life and the Realm of Social Responsibility, will bring together the most important figures from the worlds of business, politics, academia and culture who work in order to promote the ideas of quality of life and competitiveness
Madrid, 30th June 2011.- The Fifth National Alares® Awards for the Conciliation of Working, Family and Personal Life and the Realm of Social Responsibility, whose Honorary Presidency was held by H.M. Queen Sofía this year, have recognised the work that IFEMA carries out under the heading of conciliation. In this respect, the fair organiser's policies seek to facilitate the conciliation of professional activities, personal life and family life by promoting a sense of balance and quality of life among its staff.
The Alares® National Awards are quite unique and, today, feature a long list of well-known figures among the winners of its previous editions. In this respect, over a period of just five years, these Awards have established themselves as a key point of reference for all bodies, organisations, researchers and professionals who devote their lives to promoting and developing policies designed to foster conciliation, quality of life and business competitiveness.
The Value of Conciliation
Once again this year, the number of candidates has far surpassed the expectations of the Alares Foundation, both in terms of volume and with regard to quality. The fifth edition of the National Awards has brought together some 234 entries, all of whom are competing for the Prize or for an Honourable Mention within each of the 12 categories: small and medium-sized enterprises and large companies, social representatives, managers, media professionals, the media, information or programmes in audiovisual media, innovation and trials and universities, business schools, other educational bodies and research.
The Alares Foundation has been working since the year 2006 to recognise the value that conciliation policies contribute to the business and social fabric of Spain, based on the conviction that the welfare of individuals and the quality of life of employees can help achieve the levels of business competitiveness that are necessary today in order to improve our society.
About the Alares® Foundation
Included in the Register of Aid Foundations at the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs, the Alares® Foundation was created in order to channel and promote a series of activities that are carried out by the Alares® Group and which seek to achieve a balance between demands for social protection and the welfare of individuals, in an institutionalised manner.
The purpose of the Alares® Foundation is to promote research and to develop ideas and solutions that cater for the new needs of the twenty-first century, making a number of challenges the key priorities within the field of social policy, including the following: the promotion and integration of disabled persons within the labour market; equal opportunities and the eradication of any kind of discrimination; support regarding the question of dependency; conciliation of family and working life; the integration of migrants and promotion of multi-cultural aspects; and promotion of sustainability, especially with regard to social cohesion and economic competitiveness.
In this sense, the Foundation carries out studies, research projects, debates, conferences, seminars, awards and training measures aimed at meeting new requirements within society and fostering new opportunities and sources of employment, thus helping to cater for new social and business needs. Furthermore, the Foundation provides grants and financial aid for all activities that pursue these objectives.
Its mission, therefore, is to promote and support initiatives designed to ensure a general improvement regarding the living conditions of individuals and to encourage economic competitiveness and a sense of business and institutional responsibility.
(*) The Foundation's Board of Trustees, which is headed by Mr. Javier Benavente Barrón, the Chairman of Alares®, and Mr. José Manuel Morán Criado, in his capacity as General Secretary, is made up of a large group of outstanding figures from the worlds of politics, business and university: Ms. Blanca Clavijo Juaneda, President of the National Alzheimer's Association, AFALcontigo; Dr. Nuria Chinchilla, Lecturer and Head of the International Centre for Employment and Family (IESE-University of Navarre); Dr. María Ángeles Durán Heras, Professor of Sociology and Lecturer at CSIC (Higher Council for Scientific Research); Mr. Ignasi Farreres Bochaca, President of the Centre d'Estudis Economics i Socials; Mr. Felipe Fernández-Atela, Representative of Deutsche Telekom for Southern Europe; Mr. José Folgado Blanco, Mayor of the Town of Tres Cantos; Mr. Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, Minister for the Prime Minister's Office; Mr. José María Jordá Poyatos, General Secretary of the Spanish Confederation of Managers and Executives (CEDE) and the Spanish Managers Association (AED); Mr. Javier Rodríguez Zapatero, Managing Director of Google Spain, Portugal and Turkey; Mr. Fernando Moreno Piñero, Head of the Cuatrecasas International Institute for Legal Strategy on Human Resources; Mr. Juan Antonio Sagardoy Bengoechea, Chairman of SAGARDOY ABOGADOS; and Mr. Juan Pedro Galiano, President of FORÉTICA.