2013 Sustainability Highlights at ACCIONA

Our sustainability practices have played a major role in line with our Sustainability Master Plan.

We’ve finish a tough year, one that’s called for a sustained effort that hasn’t always achieved the desired results.  Even so, we’ve stuck to our vision of sustainability that holds enormous promise for the future of the business model that we foster, and our sustainability practices have played a major role in line with our Sustainability Master Plan:2013 Sustainability Highlights at ACCIONA

January: We started the year by jumping from 37th to 29th in the Corporate Knights "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2013" ranking.

February: We joined the SMI-Wizness, one of the world’s leading Social Media in Sustainability indexes as one of the indicator’s top 25 companies.

March:  Microenergía Perú and the  Inter-American Development Bank signed an agreement to extend the "Luz en casa" (Light in the Home) program to 1,700 new households in the Cajamarca region in Peru.

April: ACCIONA’s chairman was invited by UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, to join the Advisory Committee of the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative.

May: ACCIONA’s Sustainability Committee, which reports directly to the Board of Directors, gave the go ahead to the Corporate Policies Book, which reflects the guiding principles applicable to the Company’s activities in the economic, social and environmental spheres.

ACCIONA, through the acciona.org Foundation, launched the "Luz en Casa Oaxaca" (Light in the Home Oaxaca) initiative aimed at installing domestic PV solar units and providing basic electricity services to 25,000 inhabitants in rural areas of Oaxaca (Mexico).

June:  The Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting  approved for the second year running the ACCIONA Sustainability Report. We also published our first Integrated Report  using the IIRC framework. ACCIONA also held its second annual Corporate Volunteering Day simultaneously in seven different countries.  A total 350 ACCIONA employees led sustainability workshops attended by 7,000 schoolchildren aged 7 to 11. And finally, on 18 June, in Brussels (Belgium), we took part in the EUCLG High Level Event and contributed recommendations for the document: The Business Case for a 2030 Energy & Climate Framework

July: In early summer we joined CSR Innolabs, a business network set up under the auspices of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to drive Corporate Social Responsibility in Latin America.       

September: For the seventh year in a row, ACCIONA confirmed its presence in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World), but with a difference: this year ACCIONA was assessed in the Electric Utilities sector.  We also confirmed our presence in the FTSE4Good sustainability index and, following the annual review held in September, we were invited to join the STOXX Global ESG Environmental Leaders, Governance Leaders and Social Leaders indices. On  19 and 20 September, we went to the UN HQ in New York to attend the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit 2013, chaired by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as well as participating in the UN’s Private Sector Forum which focused this year on Africa.

October: We climbed six places, up to second place, in the Informe Reporta 2013 Good Practices in Corporate Reporting report which assessed 111 Spanish companies in all.

On 28 October, ACCIONA represented the private sector in Going for Green Growth, an EU ministerial summit in favor of concrete European  objectives for renewable generation, GHG reduction and energy efficiency by the year 2030. The Summit was attended by fourteen EU environment and energy ministers, from the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, among others.

November: We took an active part in the meeting of the Council and the Executive Committee of the  World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) held in Istanbul (Turkey), as well as  participating in the EU’s Industry Communication for the 2030 Regulatory Framework on Energy and Climate Change in the European Union.

On 18 and 19 November, as part of the  COP19 in Warsaw (Poland), ACCIONA took part in the 4th World Climate Summit Plenary Sessions on Climate Solutions addressing issues such as energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables. As well as ACCIONA, participants included the Secretary-General of the World Energy Council,  the Director of the UN’s Environment and Energy Development Agency, Finland’s Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. ACCIONA also attended the 2013 Forum on Sustainable Innovation organized by Climate Action and the UNEP, along with the EUCLG.

ACCIONA’s leading role in the fight on climate change and the quality of its climate change disclosure were acknowledged by the CDP who honored the Company with an award for its excellent score in the Iberia 125 Climate Performance Leadership Index. ACCIONA also ranked second in the World’s Most Sustainable Utilities ranking compiled by the Corporate Knights publishing group.

26 and 27 November.  ACCIONA’s chairman took part in the second meeting of the Sustainable Energy for All’s Steering Group, at the UN HQ in New York (USA).

December: ACCIONA attended the gala dinner held by the Green Growth Platform, in Brussels (Belgium), a ministerial gathering which addressed energy prices and competitiveness to the year 2030.  Energy and Environment ministers and secretaries of state from eight EU member nations attended.  ACCIONA was the only Spanish company at the event.