We have strengthened our commitment to citizens’ quality of lives in order to alleviate the social emergency situation experienced during the COVID-19 crisis. To do so we have focussed our efforts on two points: the safety of our workers, and our responsibility to society.
August 2020, web copy
Safety, health, and balance so that essential services can continue
At Urbaser, we have opted for greater flexibility since the crisis began which has given us the opportunity to ensure an optimum balance between our workers’ health and their jobs.
Some of the specific measures include:
- Work from home for all eligible activities.
- Intensifying protective and hygiene measures in the workplace for on-site activities.
- Suspending face-to-face meetings and non-essential travel.
- Preparing contingency plans for all business areas and services provided by the company.
We have continued to provide our services day by day – some of which are considered essential – with the highest quality and professionalism. We have felt the gratitude that society has shown us: affection and support that help us to keep going.
Our responsibility to society
At Urbaser we have set up various projects in response to this crisis in order to help the most vulnerable groups who are particularly affected, at a time as complicated as the one we have experienced:
- We have created a large 3D printing lab to make protective material. We have printed more than 12,000 visors and 8,500 ear protectors that we have donated to hospitals, residences, and foundations throughout Spain, in collaboration with the Spanish start-up Artenea 3D, and with the participation of our staff. We have subsequently donated these printers to social projects.
- We have donated funds equivalent to purchasing more than 10,000 masks with FFP3 filters.
- We have collaborated with teams of seamstresses and the Online Traffic Institute to make 8,000 medical gowns from 22,000 plastic bags of special dimensions that we have donated.
- We have delivered 100 mobile terminals to be distributed among healthcare personnel in order to facilitate communication between patients and their families in collaboration with Mirarte Otra Vez.
- We have purchased basic cleaning materials such as bleach, wipes, sprays, and gloves to be distributed to homes for the elderly throughout Spain.
- We have worked with food banks in response to their request for urgent food aid.
But we are also aware that the pandemic, as well as being a health crisis, has brought about a social crisis. That is why we have adapted our corporate volunteering programme to a digital volunteer scheme under the title of “Closer than ever” so we can continue to support the most affected groups. Along these lines, we are collaborating with Forética as part of the business alliance “The future of sustainability: resilience and the ‘new normality’ of post-COVID-19 companies”. Through this alliance we will seek solutions and develop tools that will allow us to build a sustainable future after the COVID-19 crisis.
Because at Urbaser we are a company committed to our team and to society.