Last update: 19/04/2022
In 2019, we became the first financial institution in Spain to receive the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification's (AENOR) "Zero waste" certificate; it verifies that at least 90% of the waste our 8,000-plus employees produce at our premises in Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, is reintroduced into the value chain.
Achieving "Zero waste" status again wouldn’t have been possible without all our employees and suppliers, especially the staff at our Santander Group City recycling centre. The 1,000-plus square-metre facility, where we separate 30 types of waste, processed over 1,000 tonnes in 2021, 96.78% of which it was able to recover.
Our management model, teams, training and awareness campaigns at our Corporate Centre played a big part in its achieving those figures and reducing CO2 emissions significantly.
Since the #YoSí sustainable mobility campaign launched at Santander Group City, we’ve implemented several measures to reduce our environmental footprint and fight climate change. They include removing plastic bottles, installing filtered water fountains at vending machines and in dining halls at our HQ, using biodegradable materials and composting coffee cups and stirrers.
AENOR's renewal of our "Zero waste" certification speaks to our commitment to sustainability, respect for the environment and involvement in the circular economy as a responsible bank that abides by these three rules: reduce, reuse and recycle.