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Life and Culture

Life and Culture

Ulrich Hartl, Arthur Horwich, Kazutoshi Mori and Peter Walter receive the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biology and Biomedicine for having successfully identified the cellular machinery that drives protein folding, an key process enabling them to fulfill their biological function. Their research, which disproved the findings of Nobel laureate Christian Anfinsen, has opened the door to the development of new experimental treatments for cancer and certain neurodegenerative diseases.

More than 650 of the bank's professionals have benefited from international experience in recent years. The initiative provides clear rewards for employees, but also for the bank, since the programs foster corporate culture, train staff in strategic skills and build loyalty among in-house talent.

BBVA Mexico and Liga BBVA MX have just announced the signing of a three-year sponsorship agreement for the BBVA MX, BBVA MX Expansion and BBVA MX Women’s soccer leagues. The aim is to continue growing Mexican soccer, including players and teams alike, by promoting key virtues such as hard work, teamwork, tenacity, self-improvement and fair play, while also transmitting these values to fans.

The bank received the prestigious certification thanks to its employee management strategy and policies. The Top Employer seal is a sign of the organizations’ commitment to bring about better work environments through excellence in their workforce practices and policies.

Work-life balance measures, the working environment, development and training opportunities were all decisive factors in making BBVA the most attractive company to work for in the Spanish financial industry, according to the Randstad Employer Brand Research survey. The study was conducted by an independent entity among some 163,000 respondents —more than 7,100 within Spain— to understand the main reasons why someone would look to pursue a career at a given company rather than another.

The prestigious publication has included BBVA among the best companies in the world in the first edition of this list put together in collaboration with Statista.The bank is the second Spanish company in the ranking and sixth bank worldwide. The ‘World’s Best Companies’ is a comprehensive list of the most remarkable organizations around the globe  in various sectors based on three dimensions: employee satisfaction, revenue growth and sustainability.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Humanities and Social Sciences has been presented to Steven Pinker (Harvard University) and Peter Singer (Princeton University) for bringing vital questions to the mainstream of public debate: the role of rationality, scientific knowledge, and humanistic values, and the moral status of animals. Their work has had a significant influence in shaping the cultural and legal framework of today.