Uquifa's Sustainability Strategy
The UN endorsed the 2030 agenda for sustainable development in 2015, giving nations and their society the chance to forge ahead on a new path to improve everyone’s quality of life while leaving no one behind. 17 Sustainable Development Goals are included in the agenda, ranging from eradicating poverty to battling climate change, education, women’s equality, environmental protection, and city planning.
We believe in the importance of sustainability in human rights, labour standards, environment, and anti-corruption.
UQUIFA is a signatory of the UN Global Compact, and we are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our strategy is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN to make the world a better place by 2030.
Environmental, Social and Governance
To meet the current challenges, the Uquifa Sustainability Strategy 2030 always considers three fundamental dimensions: the ESG criteria. In other words, the Environmental, Social, and Governance pillars.
We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our activities, maintaining a precautionary approach that respects the environment as much as possible, and working to reduce the impact of our activities throughout the life cycle of our products and processes.
At Uquifa we fight climate change by reducing our carbon footprint and managing our energy consumption as well as possible. We also promote the circular economy through responsible use of resources and good waste management.
Please visit our dedicated Environmental Sustainability page for more details on this goal.
We link our Corporate Responsibility strategy to our business strategy to achieve economic, social and environmental objectives, as set out in the 2030 Sustainability Strategy.
Our commitment to human and labour rights.
Respect for Human Rights and labour is enshrined in our Code of Ethics and Conduct and is applicable to all employees and third parties with whom we interact, in all countries where we operate.
Uquifa’s Human Rights Policy is aligned with the 10 United Nations Principles and reaffirms our commitment to not only respect but also support and promote human rights, identify, prevent and mitigate, any potential negative impact. Our commitment to human rights extends throughout our value chain.
We reject discrimination of any kind in all our activities and in all our relationships with our stakeholders. To guarantee this, we have an Equality Plan that we renew periodically.
Another of our principles is safety, which is why we are committed to creating a safe and healthy working environment for our employees and contractors, and we promote the safety of the users of our infrastructures.
We are also committed to transparency in all matters relating to the protection of human rights.
Finally, as part of our commitment to labour rights, we reject any type of child or forced labour in any form, we guarantee equal opportunities and non-discrimination, protection against harassment of our workers, the right to strike, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining in all countries in which we operate, and we promote the reconciliation of professional and family life.
Inclusion and equality are key to being a successful company. We ensure the professional and personal growth of the people who work in the Company.
Uquifa’s Compliance Programme sets integrity as one of its key values and translates this into active policies and procedures that help guide the way we do business and relate to the world around us. The Code of Ethics and Conduct is the core of the Compliance Programme.
We are committed to best practices in our corporate governance, comprehensive risk management, and transparency in our ongoing engagement and collaboration with our stakeholders.
The Uquifa Code of Ethics and Conduct demonstrates our commitment to integrity and the highest ethical standards. It guides our daily business behaviour and shows the values we share throughout the organization.
Our Code of Ethics and Conduct and Ethical Management Policy provide the channels of communication for queries or notifications of possible breaches.
If you would like to submit any questions you may have or notify us of a possible breach of the Code of Conduct, please carefully read section Ethical Channel.
Uquifa demands behaviour in accordance with the highest ethical standards not only from its officers, employees and directors, but also from third parties with whom it has dealings. This expectation is put into practice through a set of key policies and procedures such as the Third–Party Code of Conduct.
In the Anti-bribery, Anti-Corruption and Conflicts of Interest Policy, Uquifa sets standards for the behaviour of employees, officers and directors of the UQUIFA Group as well as third parties with whom it has dealings, under the principle of “zero tolerance” for any practice that could be considered corruption or bribery.
The UQUIFA Group, and especially its Board of Directors, is fully committed to conducting business and relationships in any country and jurisdiction in an ethical and honest manner and with total integrity, implementing and applying systems to ensure the prevention of bribery and corruption.
Moreover, situations that could be considered as actual or potential conflicts of interest, which the persons concerned within the Group must endeavour to prevent or eliminate.
The Policy requires compliance with all applicable anti-corruption laws and no conflicts of interest and urges the reporting of any breach of law or policy, under the protection of any form of retaliation.
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