Enterprises and Human Rights: climate change and the extraterritorial challenge

04/12/2019Madrid, Spain, acting as the ACCIONA corporate foundation, participated in the Conference "Enterprises and Human Rights: climate change and the extraterritorial challenge" held by the Global Compact Spain in the headquarters of the Spain Exterior Commerce Institute (so called ICEX) on December 4, 2019, in the framework of the COP25-Chile.

Jose Gabriel Martin, director at the Foundation, spoke in the conversation about the connection between human rights and climate change. This event had a question-answer format in which the debate moderator Maria Peña, the ICEX's CEO, put specific questions to each speaker. Gabriel Martin had thus the occassion of explaining how ACCIONA, through, goes beyond the commercial activity by replicating what it knows to do in its business units to bring basic services to the most underserved communities. Later, he presented how the EncASa Oaxaca project serves as an example of a solution of access to water and sanitation that allows the adaptation of the benefited communities to the climate change, favouring them staying in their origin localities and avoiding in this way their emigration due to that reason. Finally, he wanted to highlight the need of working in partnership with entities from other sectors to achieve the results, as well as the importance of being aware of the limitations and requirements of every partner, in applying innovation in the management of the projects to make them efficient.

Other speakers in this conversation were Victor Viñuales, Vice-president of Global Compact in Spain, and Silvia Agullo, Director of Responsible Business and Reputation at DKV group. Previously, other events in this conference had had the participation of representatives from the UN's working group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, Global Compact Spain, the International Labour Organization in Spain, AENA and SUEZ. The conference was started by Reyes Maroto, Spain Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, and closed by Marcos Gomez, Director General of United Nations & Human Rights at the Spain Ministery of Foreign Affaires, European Union and International Development.

During this conference the publication “Empresas y Derechos Humanos: acciones y casos de éxito en el marco de la Agenda 2030” (Entreprises and human rights: actions and successful cases in the framework of the 2030 Agenda) was presented; it includes the case of the rule of immigrant worker wellbeing developed by ACCIONA.

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    • Publication “Empresas y Derechos Humanos: acciones y casos de éxito en el marco de la Agenda 2030”