For the third consecutive year, URBASER has published its consolidated Non-financial Information Statement (2018) on a global level. The Report includes URBASER’s most representative figures regarding its activities in economic, social and environmental terms, thus demonstrating its commitment to maintaining a strategy in line with Sustainable Development Goals.

July 2019, web copy

The Non-Financial Information Statement 2018 reflects the economic, social and environmental performance of companies belonging to URBASER in 2018. It includes the information necessary to understand the development, results and situation of the company, together with the environmental and social impact of its business activities and matters related to personnel, regarding human rights and the fight against corruption and bribery. The report was drawn up with reference to the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) management approaches and indicators.

Sustainable Development Goals

URBASER, through its activities and the services it provides in all its business areas on a global level, directly contributes towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the UN, and in particular, the SDGs referring to Gender Equality (SDG 5), Clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), Decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), Reduced inequalities (SDG 10), Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), Responsible production and consumption (SDG 12) and Life below water (SDG 14).To varying degrees the company also contributes towards the remaining SDGs through the initiatives contained within its CSR action plan.

Socio-economic impact

Over the last year, URBASER has developed a social action policy within the reference framework of the principles and behaviour contained within its Code of Conduct and in the guidelines which govern its Corporate Social Responsibility, in order to have a positive impact on social well-being and contribute towards improvements in the quality of life in the communities in which it operates.

The company has dedicated 1.5 million euro to its social action activities, at both a national and international level. Featured among these are environmental education campaigns, the promotion of health through sport, initiatives for inclusion within the workforce of vulnerable groups, awareness-raising and prevention programmes aimed at gender violence, and collaboration with Food banks.

Innovation for people’s well-being

The report is underscored by the URBASER’s commitment to the development of increasingly smart cities, where technology and innovation increase the well-being of the population. The latest chapter in this commitment has been the launch of the IoT (Internet of Things) Cloud, which allows the company to manage its activities and processes in a much more efficient manner: the vehicle fleet, the industrial processes taking place in the waste and water treatment plants, and the various activities carried out in each city.

As José María López Piñol, Managing Director of URBASER, explained, “We understand innovation as a constant process of continuously seeking new ways to transform waste to resource. All rejects and sub-products have a potential value that brings us a little closer to a true circular economy”.