Integrated Sustainability report 2020

Integrated Sustainability report 2020


In 2020, Sacyr has consolidated its position, despite the changes in our environment, as a large global company with a concession profile and presence in more than 20 countries.

Manuel Manrique Cecilia
Chairman and CEO

Welcome to the 2020 Integrated Report on Sustainability.

Over these pages we have tried to reflect our progress on the issues of most relevance to our stakeholders, in a transparent and balanced way, based on the materiality analysis updated to the realities that this pandemic has temporarily modified. To do this we have relied on the international framework of integrated reporting and the Sustainability Reporting Indicator Guidelines of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the Global Reporting Initiative.

In 2020 we start our activity with the same strength we have been building in recent years. This demonstrates the great success of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and confirms the choice of a path that guides us towards even greater challenges. Despite the restrictions and changes in our environment, we have consolidated our position as a large global company with a profile as a concession operator that is present in more than 20 countries. This presence has been reinforced with a greater number of projects in the United States, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Peru, to name but a few.

Sacyr's success over the past five years has served as a springboard for continued growth and the challenges of establishing ourselves in new markets. We operate a low-risk strategy, ensuring that our value chain is aligned with our responsible business model, and we continue to be trusted by investors and customers. Our present is to be recognised for what we are: a global concession operator.

This has been the year with the greatest health and safety challenges we have ever faced in our history. In February, our prevention team already detected that what we were experiencing was not a normal flu and we created a crisis committee where we analysed all the information and came up with different response scenarios.

The infrastructure sector was among the first to return to work after a strict lockdown and since then we have worked through many obstacles along the way, being clear that we had to protect our employees while maintaining our responsibilities to all those with whom we interact, and in the societies in which we operate. Although it is not possible at this stage to predict exactly what the consequences of these health and economic challenges will be for countries around the world, or for our own industry, at Sacyr we are prepared to play our part and contribute once again to economic growth and social well-being.

In the previous 2019 Integrated Sustainability Report we announced the creation of the Sustainability and Corporate Governance Committee and the Sustainability Committee. These governing bodies have led the work during 2020 to promote a new stage and new objectives. The new committees approved nearly 20 policies related to ethics and sustainability, which serve as a basis and guide for excellent performance over the next five years.

We have shown a great capacity to adapt to new circumstances and new ways of doing things, such as with the digitalisation of management, cybersecurity and teleworking. We already had these topics in place in the company and they have enabled us to continue some of our activities remotely, in one of the most complicated operating environments in our history. This new way of working has made us stronger and more resilient.

We also design and promote a diverse and inclusive work environment, ensuring that equal treatment and opportunities are now a reality we should be proud of, avoiding any situation of discrimination in our day-to-day work. We are convinced that every person who joins Sacyr contributes to its growth and is important to us.

And despite the health emergency, we have remained committed to the climate and environmental challenge, leading initiatives to reduce the impact on ecosystems, promoting the circular economy and the responsible use of water, reducing emissions and improving energy efficiency, both in our activities and in the projects we undertake. We are also proud to have ratified our global targets to reduce emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050.

As a company in close touch with the communities where we do business, we have sought to support governments in the fight against the virus on all fronts and continue to engage with them on effective strategies to manage the pandemic and meet the most basic needs for education and food. Thanks to the projects led by the Sacyr Foundation during 2020 alone, more than 100,000 people have benefited directly and more than 300,000 indirectly, through collaborations with nearly 30 foundations and associations in the tertiary sector.

Our roadmap to contribute to developing a more equitable society continues to include the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations 2030 agenda, with which we have aligned ourselves to tackle the immense challenges facing humanity. As part of this approach, our commitment to the Global Compact is a pillar of our management for defending human, labour, environmental and anti-corruption rights.

During 2020, the group has undergone several changes, including the main activities of Sacyr Industrial being integrated into Sacyr Ingeniería e Infraestructuras, and water management activities being incorporated into Sacyr Concesiones, previously under Sacyr Servicios in the organisation chart. This ensures business continuity through synergies, thus improving the efficiency of resources and ensuring our company's profitability.

Our focus on developed markets with infrastructure needs for growth provides us with a stable labour, legal and financial framework. Knowing and working in new geographic markets allows us to act in line with the new project needs demanded by these economies, while the decentralisation to keep giving continuity to the organisational model is also noteworthy. We are ready to meet any challenge we face.

We are a company that has managed to maintain the competitiveness of our three business lines through synergies, seeking to grow the concession model while keeping an eye on risk reduction. Our motorways, airports and hospitals are a model of contribution to society by providing sustainable, innovative and efficient solutions to the challenges of the safe movement of people and goods.

Finally, I would like to thank all Sacyr employees for their dedication and commitment to making our goal a reality. We are proud to present the results of the great effort made by all Sacyr's businesses and management areas over these pages. Throughout this Integrated Sustainability Report we show all our stakeholders the work Sacyr is carrying out, with complete transparency, to ensure profitable and sustainable operations, minimise our environmental footprint and generate more shared value for society.

Thank you
Manuel Manrique Cecilia
Chairman and CEO of Sacyr


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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