The PAV is firmly committed to integrating Social Responsibility into its everyday activities in order to establish a balance between commercial growth and sustainability.
In 2005 the PAV started up a progressive Social Responsibility implementation process which is now in constant reformulation based on our ongoing improvement approach and our search for excellence.
Our CSR Plan is constantly updated thanks to the contributions of our stakeholders: internal public, Port Community and citizens. Planning for activities connected with CSR is based on a series of general objectives:
- Develop the port simultaneously with environmental protection to guarantee the sustainability of port activities.
- Encourage a competitive and professional attitude among the people who work in the port industry.
- Ensure quality and appropriate information management in line with the needs of all stakeholder groups involved.
- Promote a constructive internal climate based on integration and involvement.
- Foster commitment to our environment.
All activities are structured around three major lines of action:
- Internal improvement and interdepartmental coordination line.
- General communication line.
- General collaboration line.
CSR policies are implemented in the three ports under the management of the Port Authority – Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía – and are based on the same values of our general mission: public service, economic efficiency, quality service and respect for the environment.
In summary, through Corporate Social Responsibility we aim to promote the best possible conditions for the entire PAV area of influence, for our own staff, the logistics-port community and citizens in general, and in particular our immediate community.
In the light of the growing awareness and interest in integrating the port community in its immediate social environment, the Port Authority of Valencia decided to create an initial cooperation framework to work together with the port community on implementing social responsibility in the Port of Valencia’s business environment. The 19 organisations that made up the initiative agreed to call the project “APORTEM – Valencia Solidarity Port”. The group has defined the priority areas of interest to map out common objectives and a road map. Two simultaneous lines of action have also been established: one centring on management, learning, and a forum for debate, and a second one involving cooperation for shared social action to benefit the local environment.
Some of charity initiatives promoted and carried out within the framework of the APORTEM project include:
- Donation of office furniture and promotion of voluntary work – Nazaret Arca de Noé Association.
- Campaign to collect clothes, food, personal hygiene products, classroom material, and toys for Christmas – Santiago Apostol School.
- Campaign to collect food, toys and essential items – Casa de la Caridad.
- Campaign to collect children’s hygiene products and baby food – Casa Cuna Santa Isabel.
- Campaign to collect clothes, household goods, food, personal hygiene products, and cleaning products to cater for the basic needs of sub-Saharan immigrants – Peter Maurin Shelter.
- Campaign to collect clothes, household goods, food, personal hygiene products, and cleaning products to cater for the basic needs of female immigrants – Dorothy Day Shelter.
- Campaign to collect clothes, food, and toys for families living in extreme poverty who are looked after in the areas surrounding the port – Alanna Foundation.
- Blood donation campaign in the port community – Valencian Region Blood Transfusion Centre.
- Collection point for food donations during the shipping industry’s International Paella Competition – Alanna Foundation
In 2011, the Port Authority of Valencia formally joined the United Nations Global Compact in order to promote and publicise its values. This international voluntary initiative aims to strengthen the commitment of its signatories towards the respect and promotion of the following decalogue of universally accepted principles:
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, within their sphere of influence.
Principle 2: Businesses should make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
Principle 4: Businesses should support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
Principle 5: Businesses should support the effective abolition of child labour.
Principle 6: Businesses should support of the elimination os discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
Principle 8: Businesses should undertake iniciatives to promote greater environmental responsability.
Principle 9: Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.