THE SPANISH-AUSTRALIAN
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

Upcoming Events

29 November 2018

Christmas Drinks in Sydney

Offices of Clyde & Co - Level 15, 333 George St, Sydney NSW 2000  
05 December 2018

Christmas Drinks in Melbourne

International Chamber House - Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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    Willis Towers Watson launches employee wellbeing indicator

    14 November 2018 Employers will be able to gain insights into the effectiveness of their employee health and wellbeing programs, through a new index launched by leading global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW). While companies are investing heavily in wellbeing in their workplaces, employee engagement with these programs remains low. Lesley Brown, Asia Pacific Leader, Employee Surveys and Insights at Willis Towers Watson said: “We saw the need for a tool that would help companies build employee wellbeing and reduce risk, as well as measure and benchmark improvements in workforce productivity. We have developed our Employee Wellbeing Indicator to support this.” The tool measures the current wellbeing of employees in physical, psychological, social and financial terms and identifies the areas of concern that will affect productivity. The Global Benefits Attitudes Study, released earlier this year, shows that 50% of Australian employees with current financial concerns indicated that their worries keep them from doing their best at work. Globally, one in four employees have health issues, are worried about their finances, plan to work into their 70s and are disengaged. A further Willis Towers Watson survey, the Asia-Pacific Benefits Trends report revealed that employees were expecting further benefits from their organisations in the health and wellness space. It found 74% of employers were considering behavioural or emotional health management programs, while 55% were looking at activity-based wellbeing programs and 50% of employers identified lifestyle risk management as their key area of investment. The missing link was for employers to gauge the efficacy and return on investment of such programs. The Employee Wellbeing Indicator is designed to help companies identify areas of strength and high performance, pinpoint where they need to focus to build employee wellbeing, productivity and overall business performance and track progress over time. Brown added: “We are looking to go beyond traditional health programs and employee engagement surveys. This is an integrated solution that uses consumer-grade software, underpinned by robust research methodologies. Individual company results will also be benchmarked against Australia’s most comprehensive national norm. “The Global Benefits Attitudes Study showed that employers need to look at programs that leverage the workplace environment and promote the use of new technologies. These are both strongly linked to more positive attitudes by employees about their company’s wellbeing efforts and to health management.” The 2018 survey window for employers to participate in the Employee Wellbeing Indicator starts 22 October and runs until 30 November. About Willis Towers Watson Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has over 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimise benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.

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    Indra signs contract to supply a deployable forensic laboratory capability to Australia

    16 October 2018 The Commonwealth has selected Indra Australia to design and manufacture a Level 2 deployable forensic laboratory capability that is being procured under Project LAND 154 Phase 2 for AUD 36M. The system will be used primarily by the Australian Army to provide a forensic support capability for a range of roles including Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (CIED). The System supplied by Indra, will equip the Army with an advanced capability that has not previously been configured in similar systems, providing them with leading-edge technology to collect, analyse and document evidence from any IED incident. While providing the Australian Army with state of the art capability, the project has focused on maximising local industrial content. Accordingly, over 90% of the contract will be executed by established Australian equipment manufacturers and distributors. Daronmont Technologies has been selected, as a local South Australian company, for the critical role of manufacturing the laboratory shelters to the exacting operational, environmental and technical specifications required by the Commonwealth. During contract execution, Indra will transfer the appropriate technology to ensure that the systems can be maintained and sustained entirely and independently in Australia. Indra will be responsible for the delivery of key know-how gained from the delivery of similar deployed systems to clients worldwide, including the European Defence Agency; Indra’s first Laboratory was deployed in Afghanistan from 2011-2014. Indra has been present in Australia since 2007, with close to 140 employees and offices in Sydney and Newcastle. It is a major supplier of enroute radars and air navigation equipment (Navaids) to Airservices Australia, is a worldwide supplier of DVORs Navaid systems from its production facility in Sydney and is currently executing Air 5431 Phase 1 and Navaid replacement projects for the Royal Australian Air Force. In 2015 Indra was awarded a contract to deploy one of the largest security systems in Asia Pacific – the supply and integration of 9500 cameras into a state of the art, fully digital, video management system for Sydney Trains. Indra has ongoing contracts in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands About Indra Indra is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technological partner for core business operations of its customers world-wide. It is a world-leader in providing proprietary solutions in specific segments in Transport and Defence markets, and the leading firm in Digital Transformation Consultancy and Information Technologies in Spain and Latin America through its affiliate Minsait. Its business model is based on a comprehensive range of proprietary products, with a high-value focus and with a high innovation component. In the 2017 financial year, Indra achieved revenue of €3.011 billion, with 40,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and business operations in over 140 countries.

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    ACCIONA and Homeward Bound team up to promote women’s leadership in the fight against climate change

    3 October 2018 ACCIONA has reached an agreement to become a global partner of Homeward Bound, an international leadership and empowerment program for women in science and technology who are specialists in climate change mitigation. The Spanish company will sponsor the program’s third edition, Homeward Bound 03 (HB03), in which 79 female scientists from 35 countries will bring their expertise in a wide range of disciplines to further climate change mitigation through their research. The HB03 participants are currently taking part in a one-year training and research program that will finalize with the expedition to Antarctica. The group will depart from Ushuaia (Argentina) on 31 December and return on 19 January 2019. For this third edition, Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and member of ACCIONA’s Board of Directors, has confirmed that she will be accompanying the 79 women scientists on their expedition to Antarctica. “Homeward Bound has taken on a courageous and valuable mission: to highlight women’s leadership in the global conversation on climate change mitigation. I identify with the program as it pursues goals that I share, and it furthers my conviction that all human beings can work together and help each other to improve the destiny of Humanity," said Christiana Figueres. Joaquín Mollinedo, Acciona’s Chief Institutional Relations, Sustainability and Brand Officer, said: “The objectives and global nature of this project are perfectly aligned with ACCIONA’s corporate vision. The mitigation of climate change, and the promotion of STEM studies as well as women’s role in society, all form part of our company’s values. A global alliance with Homeward Bound, therefore, is a great opportunity to raise awareness on challenges that transcend borders.” The Australian Homeward Bound program aims to create, within ten years, a network of 1,000 female scientists who will take the lead in the fight against climate change and work together on projects in different fields, affecting different communities, thereby giving visibility to women in science. The one-year program includes training programs with specialist mentors in leadership, strategy, communication and visibility, based on an evaluation of personal development. These activities also create networking opportunities between participants of past and present editions of the expedition. In this way, it is hoped the scientists will build personal and professional ties that might enrich their teamwork. In a second part of the program, the scientists define specific work groups to focus on their research and their leadership in gender and scientific issues. The three-week expedition to Antarctica culminates the exchange of information, conclusions, projects and challenges. During the trip, the team will visit a number of research stations to gather information on the impact that climate change has had in Antarctica, a bell weather continent for the global effects of global warming. Participants for the fourth Homeward Bound expedition (HB04) have already been selected and they are expected to begin their training period in the coming weeks. Over the next few months, 94 scientists from different disciplines will prepare for their journey to Antarctica at the end of 2019.

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