According to the UN Global Compact in Spain, of which we are a part, human rights remain a challenging area for companies, both globally and in Spain, as they struggle to understand the extent of this matter and how it is affected by their activities.
To address this, the UN Global Compact in Spain has launched the Business and Human Rights Accelerator and Eiffage Energía Sistemas is one of the 58 companies that have taken part in it. The aim is to help us to understand and tackle the most common human-rights related issues.
This program provides companies with the necessary tools and knowledge to establish an ongoing process of human rights due diligence, in line with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
650 companies from more than 65 countries
Over 650 companies from more than 65 countries participated in the first edition of the Business and Human Rights Accelerator program, which ran from January to June 2023, including 58 Spanish companies. These figures position the UN Global Compact Spain as the leading local network of the Global Compact, attracting the highest number of companies to the program.
The Business and Human Rights Accelerator is among the pioneering international programs offered by the United Nations Global Compact to help companies implement real and effective measures on key aspects of Agenda 2030 and the Global Compact’s Ten Principles.
The main objective of this program is to shift the global business community from theory to practice in respecting and supporting human rights by implementing an ongoing process of human rights due diligence and setting concrete targets to address the main risks in this area.
The program is inspired by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which reinforce the Global Compact’s Ten Principles, thus providing a framework for participating companies to effectively address the policies and processes they must implement.
93% of Spanish companies are satisfied or very satisfied
In order to assess the extent to which the program impacts the business strategies of the participating entities and the degree of satisfaction, the United Nations Global Compact ran a survey at the end of the first edition: 97% of the companies would recommend the program to other companies; and 93% of Spanish companies are satisfied or very satisfied with the program.
90% of the companies say that the program helped them understand their company’s responsibility towards respecting human rights; and 83% confirm that, thanks to the program, their company has made progress in the area of human rights.