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The UC3M has received the Bequal Plus mark, which certifies its inclusive policies for people with disabilities


The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has received a Bequal Plus Mark granted by the Bequal Foundation. This certificate recognises organisations which are socially responsible through their inclusive policies for people with disabilities.

La UC3M recibe el Sello Bequal Plus

The UC3M president, Juan Romo, received the Bequal Plus Mark during a ceremony held on the University’s Getafe campus, attended by the managing director of Bequal, José Antonio Martín Rodríguez, and the president of the Spanish Committee of Representatives for People with Disabilities (in the Spanish acronym: CERMI), Luis Cayo Pérez Bueno.

“Receiving the Bequal Plus Mark has allowed us to analyse in depth the accessibility of the University’s services, processes and facilities, and gives us added value when identifying it as a socially responsible organisation which seeks to improve academic and personal conditions”, remarked Juan Romo.

On his part, Luis Cayo Pérez Bueno declared that “the UC3M has proven they have an inclusive strategy that guarantees equal opportunities for people with disabilities in all areas which is examined and evaluated by the Bequal model. It is worth mentioning the attention to and development of specific services in order to meet the needs of students with any kind of disability”. What’s more, he also stressed that the audited spaces of the university complied fully with the basic accessibility conditions and that the UC3M is also developing a responsible purchase policy.

The Bequal certificate is an evaluation method by a third party which determines the level of the public administration’s commitment in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility and Disability in essential areas such as: strategy and leadership, human resource management, attention to equal conditions for all citizens and the inclusion of social clauses in public tenders.

With the Bequal Plus Mark, the procedures and policies in favour of equal opportunities and the non-discrimination of people with disabilities are acknowledged, as well as the organisations’ commitment to the improvement and increase in the level and quality of employment of these groups. The organisations which achieve this certificate demonstrate commitment and contribution to compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 4 on quality education, SDG 8 on decent jobs and SDG 10 on reducing inequality, among others.

This “organised disability mark”, as it is also called, is the result of systematic work in a model set out into 7 categories, 19 indicators and 69 verification sources carried out by Bequal Foundation. The entity was founded in 2012 by the Spanish Committee of Representatives for People with Disabilities (in the Spanish acronym: CERMI), the ONCE Foundation, the Spanish Business Federation of Special Employment Centre Associations (FEACEM, in Spanish) and the Seeliger y Conde Foundation. The mark lasts for three years, subject to yearly revision, in which the maintenance of the certified criteria as well as continuous improvement will be evaluated.