Acerinox focuses its actions on contributing to the creation of value centred on economic growth, social sustainability and environmental protection. The Social Action Framework is structured into five priority lines of action which focus on areas that contribute to economic growth, social sustainability and environmental protection, in response to the global challenges facing society:
Actions must take into account the geographical setting of the operations, prioritising local initiatives, which are understood as those that bring tangible benefits to the towns or regions where the operations are based.
Corporate volunteering is embedded in the Acerinox Group’s culture with a clear social vocation. We encourage our employees to engage in collaboration and solidarity and advocate their participation in programmes intended to improve the living conditions and quality of life of disadvantaged groups, in order to help build a fairer world and a more egalitarian society.
One of Acerinox’s most significant social contributions is its collaboration with educational entities, specifically with universities and vocational training centres.
The CEO Golf Day is a business event organised for the sole purpose of raising funds and which is financed entirely by the participants. In this edition the funds raised were channelled into 16 local charity organisations in and around Middelburg, and were deposited in the CEO Charity Fund, set up to satisfy the growing socio-economic needs of the community by identifying the most deserving organisations for the purpose of devising community projects. The intention with Columbus Stainless’s participation in these initiatives is to leave a positive footprint and an enduring legacy for the local community.
Acerinox Europa launched a reforestation campaign together with the Misión Ardilla Association and the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Nursery and Primary School in Palmones, Los Barrios. As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability, this activity aimed to raise awareness throughout the community, especially among the younger generations, of the importance of caring for the environment and the need to combat climate change. Worthy of note is the importance of the work carried out by Acerinox Europa volunteers to prepare the land, and the APADIS
Association (Association of Parents of People with Intellectual Disabilities of Algeciras), which supplied the trees sponsored by the school’s students.
Acerinox took part in the mangrove replantation intended to protect the coast from big waves generated by large vessels moving along the waterway. The project is especially important to this area from a biodiversity perspective, inasmuch as this is the main breeding ground for many species in the food chain. The Johor Department of Environment was also involved in this project as part of Malaysia’s National Environment Day.
The Group seeks to attract young talent by hiring university students, offering them the opportunity to work and train in an area related to their studies. This system enables students to learn how the company works while also honing their own skills. In many cases, the students write their degree or master’s thesis on company-related topics. In the specific case of VDM, more than 50% of the students are hired by the company once they complete their studies.
Acerinox continues to collaborate with the A LA PAR Foundation to jointly carry out activities aimed at improving the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities. Such collaborations notably include Funda Market, a solidarity market where products made by professionals from the Foundation combine with more than 50 striking brands to produce a weekend agenda filled with activities for the whole family. Two Family Days were also organised for employees and their families to take part in different activities at the Foundation’s headquarters. In addition, goods and services are regularly procured from this Foundation.
Acerinox and the foundation A LA PAR signed an agreement to collaborate in raising awareness, integration and collaboration with people with disabilities. Both institutions will carry out training actions, integration of people with disabilities in the workplace, volunteer collaborations and goods and services, promoting the integration of these people in society as well as the sensitivity of the whole company in this matter.
This small village near the factory was badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bahru Stainless wanted to collaborate with it by donating money and 50 aid kits valued at 300 € each. The person in charge of the village thanked on behalf of the 21 affected families for this help, in a ceremony on 7th October 2021.