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SUSTAINABILITY | 17.09.2020

MAPFRE joins the #supporttheSDGs campaign to show its commitment to the 2030 Agenda

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The SDGs aim to end poverty and hunger, reduce inequality and address urgent challenges such as climate change. This “Decade of Action” calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges.

Five years after the 2030 Agenda was approved, MAPFRE has joined the #supporttheSDGs campaign promoted by the Global Compact Spanish Network to raise awareness and boost efforts toward achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

MAPFRE joined the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainability initiative, in 2004. Since the 2030 Agenda was approved in 2015, the company—in addition to adopting the Ten Principles—has worked to align its corporate management with the SDGs, giving rise to new business opportunities, improving relations with its stakeholders and promoting innovation.

MAPFRE is contributing to achieving several SDGs, specifically SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

It has also implemented a range of best practices, including:

  • 97.3 percent of employees have a permanent contract and 56.2 percent have flexible working schedules (SDG 8).
  • 40.1 percent of management job positions are held by women (SDG 5 and SDG 8).
  • A total of 6,635 providers participate in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria approval process (SDG 8).
  • The company developed 75 new products and services in 2019 (SDG 9).
  • 12 international offices have received sustainability certification (SDG 11 and 13).
  • The MAPFRE Sin Plástico campaign has prevented the generation of 25.8 tons of plastic waste and the emission of 104 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere (SDG 3 and 13).

Through this type of action, the Global Compact Spanish Network and its member organizations are aiming to contribute to the 2030 Agenda and 17 Sustainable Development Goals; a task which, at this time of crisis and uncertainty, has emerged as the formula for creating the sustainable future that the world needs.

MAPFRE has established five sustainability commitments up to 2021:

A commitment for all

“The 2030 Agenda can and must help change the world, and at MAPFRE we are fully committed to its objectives, which are ultimately everyone’s duty and commitment, requiring us all to take part and seek solutions,” MAPFRE’s Chairman and CEO, Antonio Huertas, has said on several occasions. “We assume our part in sustainable development, committed to the UN Global Compact and 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),” he noted.

Spain and 192 other participants

Five years ago, at the United Nations General Assembly 2015, the 193 member states, including Spain, unanimously approved the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the pledge of “leaving no one behind.” The SDGs propose ending poverty and hunger, reducing inequality and addressing urgent challenges such as climate change.

 In order to achieve this ambitious Agenda, it was agreed that participation was required across all sectors of society, including governments, businesses, civil society and citizens from around the world. The strength of the 2030 Agenda comes from its universal nature, and the ambition of its 169 targets. Achieving these targets requires an unprecedented effort on the part of all sectors of society, and businesses have a crucial role to play.

Achieving the SDGs requires a combination of public sector, business, investor and civil society momentum.

Decade of Action

With 10 years to go until 2030, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has called on all sectors of society to mobilize for a “Decade of Action” to achieve the 2030 Agenda and 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

This Decade of Action calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all of the world’s biggest challenges — ranging from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality and closing the finance gap. Businesses have a key role to play in this undertaking.