Integrated Sustainability report 2020

Integrated Sustainability report 2020

Pumarejo Bridge construction team, Barranquilla, Colombia


At Sacyr we have adopted the concept of integrated safety and, accordingly, we have an Occupational Health and Safety Policy aimed at improving working conditions and raising the level of protection, health and safety of our employees.

The Health and Safety at Work Policy highlights

  • Foster leadership and the OHS culture.
  • Assume that health and safety is as important as quality, productivity and excellence in its activities.
  • Promotion of well-being and of a healthy lifestyle and the provision of safe and healthy working conditions.
  • Identification of the possible risks in all phases of our activities. reducing them to the lowest possible practical levels.
  • Guarantee that workers receive sufficient and appropriate occupational health and safety information and training to correctly perform their work.
  • Compliance with legal requirements and other specific requirements in each country and contract.

  • Encourage communications and relations with local communities and the Company.

  • Facilitate the consultation and participation of the workers.

  • Establish ambitious OHS objectives and adopt the best practices.

  • Take measures for continuous improvement.

  • Demand compliance with internal safety requirements for contractors and make them participate in preventive culture.



In addition to fully complying with all legal requirements, all Sacyr Group companies are implementing occupational health and safety management systems certified under the ISO 45001 Standard, the principal international benchmark for occupational health and safety, replacing the OHSAS 18001 standard.

The internal requirements arising from this System exceed those legally stipulated in the countries in which the company is present, and from the activities performed. A Health and Safety Department has been put into place with more than 231 health and safety professionals charged with the on-going management and control of the System through the processes of monitoring and control, internal audit, management review or change management.

Therefore, during 2020, we have performed an inspection on the System once again, adapting it to the new needs of the Group in each country, transforming it into an international procedure protocol. As a result of this work, we have successfully passed ISO 45001 legal and compliance audits on the occupational health and safety management system implemented at the work centres of Sacyr Group companies.



The Management System is implemented at 242 group companies (197 in 2019), of which 54 have ISO 45001 certification (45 in 2019), under UKAS (international) or the Spanish National Accreditation Entity accreditation, which represents over 68% of the Group based on the total volume of workers (60% in 2019).

In order to obtain the ISO 45001 Certificate, internal audits were carried out at a total of 144 work centers involving 9,640 workers, which means that 19.53% of the total workforce was sampled, while 60 work centers involving 4,943 workers (8.90%) were sampled for the external audit.


This OHS Management System aims to contribute to correctly identify, review, manage and improve the control of the occupational risks, which guarantee that all our work is performed in line with a strict initial analysis of the work and its associated risks, together with the implementation of preventive measures to eliminate or reduce them.

Sacyr has a procedure for which we have opted to catalogue accidents under the US OHSA standard, which enables an equal internal standardisation of information and comparison with top-ranking rivals.


The Sacyr Group’s efforts in the field of Occupational Health and Safety has enabled significant progress in workplace quality, basing ourselves on an internal scoring system that serves as an indicator to verify the status of each work centre

The Sacyr Group has made progress towards forging the desired safety culture. Evidence of this can be seen in the downturn in accident rates in recent years.

The Prevention Service carried out the usual investigation for these cases, analysed the causes and took the necessary measures to prevent any reoccurrences.


TYPE (%)202020192018201720162015

Objectives met

Obtainment of ISO 45001 certification
at the previously mentioned companies.
Development of the SMART computer application
as an Occupational Health and Safety Management tool, developing new functionalities and adapting the application to the new OHSMS.
Implementation of an external subcontractor validation system
at Sacyr Water and Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales.
Implementation of a preliminary contractor approval and assessment system.
Incluir programas de bienestar dentro de la compañía dentro del Programa SACYR Saludable abarca distintos ámbitos como el deportivo, alimenticio y sanitario.

In all countries in which it has a presence, Sacyr has a procedure to investigate all manner of incidents that may arise in any of our contracts

Future challenges

  • Maintain the company’s positioning in this area, through compliance standards and certifications.
  • Globalize and strengthen reporting processes.
  • Implementation of Sacyr’s Healthy Programme through identification and action in key areas in health and well-being and promote programmes in each of them.
  • Develop internal and external communication plans that promote coordination between departments.
  • Identify measurement indicators.
  • Cooperation with entities of the third sector and other organisations that work in key areas.
  • Guarantee confidentiality in the management of individual health data.
  • Assessment and identification of risks related to health and well-being in each of the key areas.
  • Healthy Sacyr: Development of an action plan for on-going improvements in health and well-being.
  • Annual training and awareness plans and promotion of health and safety culture (100% of employees).
  • Implement health and well-being plans at global level linked to SDG 3 with specific objectives.
  • Inclusion in initiatives and support in tools that show commitment and progress in the area.
  • Improvement of the value chain through the integration of security in all company processes (design, offer, execution and conservation and operation).
  • Design of strategies aimed at improving Road Safety.
  • Visible leadership at all hierarchical levels of the company.
  • Increase of 20% in the number of companies certified in our Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.
  • Obtainment of recognition by a prestigious external body of the Sacyr Healthy Plan.
  • Measure the social impact of health and well-being projects.
  • Leadership in the value chain, through the promotion of health programmes of our collaborators, through participation in Sacyr Healthy initiatives.
  • Achieve a 0 incident rate.

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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