Integrated Sustainability report 2020

Integrated Sustainability report 2020


Fauna of the Pamplona Ecosystem - Cúcuta, Colombia


Biodiversity is crucial to human existence and, used sustainably, it is a limitless source of resources and services. For this reason, biodiversity conservation is a key element in Sacyr’s decision-making process.

Natural capital is an
essential element
in the fight against
Climate Change

Consult our Biodiversity Policy.

In line with the 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, Sacyr contributes to the attainment of SDG 15 “Life on land”, adopting significant measures to reduce the impact on natural habitats, preventing a loss of biological diversity and protecting threatened species.

In 2020, Sacyr identified a total of 25 protected areas (18 in 2019 and 13 in 2018), which correspond to 28 figures of protection (26 in 2019 and 19 in 2018).

Species conservation
and recovery plans

are a priority in all
our projects.

Conserve existing flora and fauna and improve the populations of species and their habitats, while compensating for environmental disturbances

In 2020, a total of 3.05 hectares (129.83 hectares were restored in 2019) of the total area affected by the development of its projects.

In all these cases, acoustic measurements are made to ascertain whether it is necessary to adopt mitigating measures, in which case, the most appropriate courses of action are established in each contract, and any applicable legislation or regulations are complied with at all times.

Mitigatory measures are established for the proper maintenance of lighting units, with checks to ensure they are working properly, and lighting is applied with lower intensity and directed to the work place


In 2020, a total of 3.05 hectares (129.83 hectares were restored in 2019) of the total area affected by the development of its projects.

To prevent any effect on wildlife in the areas involved, species management activities are being conducted. In this process, the possible stress of individuals is minimised, endeavouring to ensure their maximum well-being. Within the wildlife handling plan, procedures were included to banish, rescue, provide veterinary care and relocate species to their natural surroundings.

Sacyr carries out
all the necessary actions
to protect the habitats
where its contracts
are executed

Expansion of the Autovía del Turia, Valencia, Spain


Water is an economic asset on which social development depends. Population growth, the transformation of lifestyles, economic development and climate change have greatly increased pressure on water resources.

In 2020, we avoided the
consumption of 1,029,770 m3
of drinking water
, granting
precedence to the use
of recycled water.

The responsible management of water is not a new commitment for Sacyr. For years, it has been one of the principles of its Quality, Environmental and Energy Policy, but in 2020, it went a step further with Sacyr’s Board of Directors approving a Water Policy in June, which defines and established the principles and criteria that govern procedures in the use and management of water.

Sacyr’s Water Policy can be consulted on this link.


Aware of the intrinsic relationship between climate change and water, SACYR FOR THE CLIMATE – YOU FORM PART OF THE CHALLENGE. The main objective was the search for solutions to decrease direct and indirect consumption in the company’s operations.

Sacyr deals with the needs of millions of people in the world, responding to one of the leading environmental challenges facing humanity, access to water and sanitation. Water collection in plant operations for its treatment and distribution to customers amounted to 135,215,690 m3, representing 74,663,611 m3 in areas with water stress.
Thanks to these activities carried on by the company, it has succeeded in reducing the consumption of drinking water, despite the increase in population and economic activities. In 2020, the water regenerated and distributed by Sacyr was 7,667,540 m3.
Sacyr Water manages 9
desalination facilities,
supplying over
6 million people.

Cauca river, Anzá, Antioquia, Colombia

Expansion of the Autovía del Turia, Valencia, Spain

Contribution to the 2030 Agenda

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  • Donation of gifts to children hospitalized at the Infanta Cristina Hospital in Parla and the Henares Hospital in Coslada. Spain.
  • Donation of gifts to Juventudes Hospitalarias of Parla. Spain.
  • Donation of gifts to children in situations of exclusion at Asociación Nazaret, Madrid. Spain.
  • Collaboration with the Spanish Red Cross to promote programs against social exclusion. Spain.
  • CAFESTORE. Preparation of more than 2,000 daily menus for three months, which were donated to a soup kitchen. Spain.
  • Food Collection Campaign with the Food Bank. +8,000kg in 2020.Spain.
  • Donation of food kits in the most disadvantaged areas of Peru, Mexico and Colombia, through the NGO Ayuda en Acción.
  • EDUCO School Lunch Grants Funding. Spain.
  • Donation of medical supply to the Madrid City Council and to residences of Plena Inclusion Spain with intellectual disabilities people.
  • Donation to the AECC for cancer research. And dissemination of talks and awareness-raising days for the prevention of breast cancer. Spain.
  • Protocol Certification of Sacyr Facilities, S.A. (and subsidiaries) with regard to COVID-19 infections and to manage work centres included in this scenario. Spain.
  • Collaboration with AESRT to publish a children’s story to raise awareness of the disease and help raise funds for the association. Spain.
  • STEM education days for students aged 16-25 years old. Spain.
  • Collaboration with EXIT Foundation to promote mentoring with minors and prevent them from dropping out of school. Spain.
  • Collaboration with Aldeas Infantiles SOS Chile, in the “School in your Village” program, for post-pandemic school reintegration.
  • Organisation of training sessions on biosecurity protocols to support the economic reactivation of 60 restaurants in Pasto, Colombia.
  • Approval in July 2020 by the Board of Directors of the Diversity and Inclusion Corporate Policy, which sets our strategy at a global level.
  • Corporate Protocol for prevention and action in cases of harassment and discriminatory acts.
  • Specific committee for the prevention of harassment, with members trained in the management of procedures derived from the protocol.
  • We monitor the salary gap between men and women, which does not exceed 6% in any of our professional categories.
  • We have an equal presence of men and women in our workforce. 42% of our employees are women.
  • In 2020, the use of recycled or reused water accounted for 21.74% of total water supply for own consumption, 17% on the previous year.
  • In June 2020, Sacyr’s Board of Directors approved the Water Policy, which defines and establishes the principles and criteria that govern the procedures in use and management of water.
  • Sacyr Water. Social fees and procedures for non-payment.
  • We avoided the consumption of 1,029,770m3 of drinking water, prioritising the use of recycled water. 25% water reused over of total consumption.
  • In 2020, domestic energy consumption was 3,772,047.66 GJ, 65% less than in 2019.
  • Sacyr has renewed its greenhouse gas verification under the ISO 14064-1 standard for the Construction area in Spain, as well as for Valoriza Medioambiente’s national waste treatment plant services and operations.
  • Sacyr’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • Renewal of the registration of its Carbon Footprint in the Registry of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Spain.
  • Development of the “ONBOARDING DIGITAL KM 0 - EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION” programme.
  • During 2020, Sacyr's headcount comprised 44,623 workers (in 2019 there were 43,467 people in Sacyr). This represents an increase of 2.7% over the previous year. Of this total workforce, 24,331 are men (22,609 in 2019) and 20,292 are women (20,8558 in 2019)
  • 90.08% of those interviewed for the Onboarding Digital Km 0 Programme are quite satisfied or very satisfied with their recruitment at Sacyr.
  • Workshops and employee training days have been organised, which have involved 328,294 hours of training.
  • Sacyr Innovation Awards
    3rd Edition of Sacyr iChallenges, aimed at solving challenges and needs of the company’s businesses.
  • Number of employees participating in projects: 261
    Number of projects under development: 44.
  • Group companies certified under UNE 166002:2014: 13 Investment in R&D+i:
    +€8 Million
    6.6% of Net Profit invested in innovation.
  • Campaign “You are part of the challenge. Sacyr for the Climate”: 130 employees, 10 countries, 241 proposals.
  • Training in equality and non-discrimination through the Week of People with Disabilities, on the occasion of the International Day of People with Disabilities (Dec. 3).
  • We promote the labor inclusion of people with different abilities, through collaboration with foundations and entities such as Capacis, Inserta, Incorpora, and A LA PAR. We have a presence at specialised employment trade fairs. In 2020, we hired 963 disabled employees.
  • We promote multicultural presence as a source of knowledge and talent. The company employs people of more than 86 nationalities and is present in more than 20 countries.
  • We have implemented specific programmes for each generation, according to their needs:
    - Sacyr Generation Senior.
    - Sacyr Builds Future.
  • SMART Guadalajara: application for the management of street cleaning and solid urban waste collection services in which the citizen plays a leading role.
  • Sacyr Engineering and Infraestructure has obtained the sustainable certification BREEAM in the promotion of Badalona H20 homes.
  • Kompas, the system developed by Dinami-K Ingeniería and implemented by Valoriza Medioambiente in the city of Huelva, enables oversight of city control teams and optimisation of traffic management.
  • Development of the Sigolis app by Valoriza Medioambiente, which enables trucks to collect industrial and urban solid waste (USW) in general, constantly geolocated, further automating the collection process.
  • Environmental and social impact assessment of 2,436 suppliers. 36% of our suppliers are local, promoting the growth of local economies.
  • Integration of the new lines of the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy.
  • Participation in the publication of “34 Green Economy Cases”, as part of the Spanish Green Growth Group (GECV).
  • Sacyr used 9,607,464.92 tonnes of recycled or reused materials in 2020, representing 55.84% of the total materials used.
  • Approval of Sacyr’s new Supply Chain Management Policy.
  • Launch of the “Sacyr for the Climate - You are part of the Challenge” campaign, with the aim of reducing the company’s climate footprint.
  • Launch of the environmental sustainability training programme, with a special focus on climate change.
  • Review and update of Sacyr’s Climate Change Policy. A- rating, through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), for performance in the area of climate change.
  • We obtained the “CALCULO” and “REDUZCO” seal from the Ministry for Ecological Transition for the 7.34% reduction in CO2 in the three-year period 2016-2018.
  • Offsetting of emissions associated with travel by Sacyr executives.
  • The company has just approved the Sacyr 2021-2025 Sustainable Plan, one of whose areas of action is the protection biodiversity, with a specific objective: to set biodiversity conservation objectives in all contracts.
  • Preparation of monitoring reports on the status of species.
  • Carrying out environmental education workshops, aimed at raising awareness and sensitization to preserve fauna and flora.
  • 6,898.36 Km2 of total surface area of areas protected by Operations Centres owned, leased or managed by the Group.

    Protection of more than 1,200 species.
  • In 2020, the most significant effects were the alteration/destruction of habitats, effects on animals and plants, and loss of plant cover. Measures adopted included maintenance of wildlife crossings, reforestation of felled species and the circulation of vehicles at moderate speeds.
  • In 2020, a total of 3.05 hectares of the total area affected by the development of our projects has been restored.
  • Volunteering in Spain
    - Asociación Reforesta: planting of trees and river cleaning.
  • Code of Conduct and its policies, Consulting and Whistleblower hotline and Regulatory Compliance and Crime Prevention Model.
  • Sacyr’s Board of Directors has 13 members at 31 December 2020: one executive director, five proprietary directors, six independent directors and one non-executive director.
  • Total compliance with Good Corporate Governance recommendations is 91.23%, up 20% year-on-year.
  • Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility according to SGE21.
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