GRIFOLS’ ADJUSTED GENDER PAY GAP in Spain stands at 5.1% and 2.2% in the US.

Grifols reaffirms its commitment to effective equality, which regardless of gender provides the same opportunities and the same pay for work of equal value. As part of Grifols’ continued efforts to promote equal pay, the company, advised by PwC as an external consultant, carried out an adjusted and unadjusted gender wage gap calculation project in 2019 giving continuity to the project initiated in 2018. In addition, this analysis also allows Grifols to identify the underlying factors in order to implement actions for improvement.

The unadjusted gender pay gap is calculated as the percentage difference between the total gross salary received for each hour worked by men and women. On the other hand, the adjusted gender pay gaps are calculated using econometric models which allow isolate the effect on wages of the differences between men and women, both in their socio-economic characteristics (age, seniority, educational level or academic or professional attainment), and in their job post (working hours, sectors in which they work or type of occupation, among others). In this way, the adjusted gender pay gaps represent a more reliable indicator to measure whether men and women receive the “same pay for the same job”.

Grifols provides gender pay gap information corresponding to its team in Spain and in the U.S., the two most relevant countries for the company that together represent more than 90% of the group’s workforce. Grifols is committed to effective equality, which includes equal opportunities and equal pay for work of equal value. The results of Spain and the U.S. are shown separately, in order to avoid applying a currency exchange rate that could distort the results. Furthermore, U.S. results are shown separated by plasma centers and other activity (non-plasma), since they are two very different operations. 

The 2019 study concludes that there is no problem with equal remuneration, although the differences observed from the study indicate that additional measures are needed to boost the number of women in leadership roles. Grifols is committed to gradually improving these figures and plans to deepen its understanding of the root causes of these differences. Based on this analysis, the action plan will be updated to implement solutions that are practical and beneficial for Grifols’ talented staff.


According to the latest report published by the World Economic Forum, the gender equality wage gap improved globally last year, although, on average (population-weighted) an estimated 31.4% gap remains.

Grifols’ commitment to diversity and equal opportunities encompasses various initiatives aimed at improving equality, including efforts to promote women and address the wage gap. Additionally, the company takes other measures to prevent discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities and other personal characteristics. 


The adjusted pay gap of Grifols in Spain stands at 5.1% (17.5 unadjusted) and when compared to the wage gap at the country level, shows that the remuneration policies in Grifols are designed to ensure that men and women receive the same treatment for the same role.

In this context, Grifols’ commitment to equal-opportunity employment is reflected by an upturn in several equality indicators compared to national averages. 

Gender equality in the workplace has improved in Spain. Nonetheless, despite improvements in all aspects of economic participation, the country still has a 44.2% wage gap and a 52.7% gap related to women in managerial positions. Only 22% of board members in Spanish firms are women and female labor participation lags far behind that of men, an indication of strong cultural and business barriers that prevent women from accessing the same opportunities as men. The portion of women in Grifols’ board of directors amounts to 31%.


In the U.S. Compensation policies and plans are designed according to the job position and the best market practices, without gender influences or other socio-economic factors.

The adjusted wage gap of Grifols in the U.S. stands at 2.2% (28.9% unadjusted) and when compared to the overall U.S. wage gap, puts Grifols’ compensation policy at a higher value. Salary differences between men and women reflect the organizational structure as it proportionally employs more women than men in its plasma collection centers and, proportionally, more men in its senior leadership team. 

According to the World Economic Forum, the United States in its progression towards gender equality has stagnated, maintaining a 27.6% closing gap. Progress towards wage equality has not advanced and the U.S. has only closed 69.9% of its wage gap. Although economic disparities are the main source of gender inequality in the workplace, participation in the workforce improved to 47%. However, further efforts are still required to bolster the presence of women in senior management positions. 

*Source: Global Gender Gap Report 2020 - http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GGGR_2020.pdf
** Methodological note and comments on its calculation are available in Chapter 9 “About This Report.“
*** Difference between men’s and women’s salaries, calculated as the percentage differential between the average gross salary per hour worked by men and women.


Grifols’ remuneration philosophy is to offer competitive compensation packages and compensate employees who contribute to the company’s continued development and demonstrate significant individual and professional performance. In line with Grifols corporate policies, each country offers remuneration and benefits packages adapted to its region. 

In accordance with Grifols’ remuneration policy, in financial year 2019 an analysis was carried out on the external competitiveness of the remuneration package of all the Company’s employees. This analysis was carried out with the aim of reviewing the adequacy of the remuneration levels and to ensure that these are in line with the market practices of other companies operating in the same sector and for similar levels of responsibility. The sources of information used for this analysis were different salary surveys carried out by an independent consultancy firm, Mercer LCC (“2019 Mercer Life Sciences Survey” and “2019 Mercer Total Remuneration Survey”). In Spain, the salary surveys used have been the ones carried out by the consultancy firm Willis Towers Watson (“2019 Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences Compensation Survey”). In North America the salary surveys used have been the ones carried out by the consultancy firm Randford (“Global Life Sciences” and “Global Sales Survey”).

The detail of remuneration by professional category and gender is broken down into the tables included at the end of this chapter.


In Spain, retirement savings are part of a public protection system. The U.S. model offers a very limited range of basic services and transfers the coverage of pensions to either the private sector and/or individuals.

A summary of Grifols’ contributions toward pension plans in 2018 and 2019 are included at the end of this chapter, taking into account the characteristics of each country’s model and current legislation.


Grifols employees who work at subsidiaries in Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Argentina and Brazil are covered by collective agreements. In 2019, 4,539 people were covered by these agreements, representing 19% of the group’s total workforce.

Social dialogue between workers and company 

Grifols subscribes to the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights of Work and its framework for action, based on eight fundamental rights. Among these is respect on the part of the organization for the right of employees and employers to create their own organizations and to join them as an integral part of a free and open society, as reflected in the “Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention” (1948, No. 87) and the “Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention”, (1949, No. 98), even though not all member states have ratified both agreements.

In Spain, the labor relations system establishes two types of labor representation in companies – union representation and unitary or elective representation – which includes members of the trade union, company committees and personnel delegates.

In Grifols, there are company committees and union delegates in different areas of the group who carry out the functions recognized by current legislation. Grifols is committed to a fluid and transparent communication with labor representatives. For Grifols, collective bargaining is essential to address issues common across its various work centers. 

Representation of Grifols employees in formal worker health and safety committees

In Spain, Chile and Germany, where labor committees are established by law, Grifols employees are tasked with the prevention of health and safety risks. In these countries, there is ongoing communication through OHS meetings. 

In 2019, 72% of employees in Spain were represented by a joint committee of employees and managers in occupational health and safety. In Chile and Germany, 100% of the workers were represented on these committees.

In remaining subsidiaries, there is no formal representation, but Grifols carries out communication and consultations with employees on an ongoing basis. These workers establish committees in which all employees can participate or submit proposals. Each subsidiary defines the frequency of these meetings and monitors the specific plans, actions or measures determined by these committees.