Airfal International once again receives the Aragon Social Responsibility Seal and publishes its new report under the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In addition, the company has released a new corporate video in which it explains its Social work.
Airfal International renews its commitment to CSR and receives for the third consecutive year the Aragon Social Responsibility Seal, a distinction awarded by the Government of Aragon to all companies committed to their environment. The company took the opportunity to publish its Corporate Social Responsibility Report once again this year in accordance with the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an independent institution that created the world’s first standard for the preparation of sustainability reports. In addition to offering a framework within which to frame each report, this organisation also provides a meeting place for all the member and transparent companies. Airfal International has also launched a new corporate video in which it explains its Corporate Social Responsibility actions in a brief, descriptive and animated way that shows the essence of the company.
The three pillars of Airfal’s CSR according to the Sustainable Development Objectives
Airfal International is a company that has been very committed to the environment since it was created. Since almost from the beginning of its activity it collaborated with foundations that work with people with intellectual disabilities. Currently, Airfal’s Social Responsibility revolves around three central axes: the well-being of the workforce, the circular economy and the social and labour integration of people with intellectual disabilities. This last aspect is the one in which the company works the most and of which it is most proud.
As a company that has adhered to the United Nations Global Pact for several years, Airfal International takes into account the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO) that this organization has established and that it has internationalized for all those companies that want to get involved with our society. Due to the nature of its Social Responsibility policies, Airfal focuses on four SDO on which are framed all its actions: (3) Health and well-being, (8) Work decently, (10) Reducing inequalities and (12) Responsible consumption and production. The policies that seek the well-being of the workforce include a commitment to the reconciliation of work and professional life of the team, with a continuous and flexible work schedule, as well as encouraging constant training of employees and fostering the feeling of being part of the team through different activities. In addition, Airfal carries out the No Less than 1500 Plan, which stipulates that no worker with more than one year’s service can earn less than 1500€ gross income. This is in response to ODS 8 and 10.
The circular economy focuses on the recycling and reuse of all the materials that Airfal uses in its day-to-day operations. One example is office paper, which is sent to cardboard companies for reuse in the packaging of the luminaires themselves, as well as the collection of electronic and electrical material by ECOLUM, an association specialising in the appropriate treatment of this type of waste. Also the defective or broken plastic materials are injected again to give them a new use. This action is part of ODS 12.
Finally, the most important area of activity for the Aragonese company is the social and labour inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Almost from birth, Airfal sends semi-finished luminaires with the highest turnover to associations and centres that work with users with intellectual disabilities, for them to be assembled in their occupational workshops. That way, both sides benefit because Airfal has flexibility in the assembling, without compromising the quality of the products and at a competitive price, while the centres keep the participants busy with a useful activity, something very beneficial for their physical and mental health.
This work is always adapted to the possibilities of each user and supervised at all times by qualified monitors. This action has allowed many users to improve their state of health and has allowed them to join jobs in Airfal (7% of the workforce) and in other companies, which allowing their inclusion in society.
Currently, Airfal collaborates closely with nine foundations that work with disabled persons, and also has in its facilities an occupational workshop, and a work enclave, in which work daily around 15 users. This is a step forward in this social and labor integration. In addition, every year Airfal donates 2% of its profits to Atades Huesca.
The Plan for the Social and Labor Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities is a transversal plan that implements ODS 8, 3 and 12.