On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the approval of the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), EXKAL joins the #apoyamoslosODS campaign to work on the dissemination of these United Nations Goals, in collaboration with the Spanish Network of Global Compact, initiative to which it belongs. The objective is to act, from their own commitment to the SDGs, as a speaker and achieve a multiplier effect so that they get to know each other and work.
In October 2019, Exposición y Conservación de Alimentos S.A. (EXKAL) joined the UN Global Compact initiative, the world’s largest sustainability initiative. Since the approval of the 2030 Agenda in 2015, in addition to its commitment to promoting the Ten Principles, it has worked to align its corporate management with the SDGs, where it finds new business opportunities, improves relations with its stakeholders and promotes innovation.
In this sense, EXKAL has established a series of commitments and good practices aligned with its strategy. Among these, the following stand out:
- The development of products and technologies for low CO2 emissions,
- The electrification of the plant and the increase in renewable energies through the installation of photovoltaic panels that allow a high level of sustainable self-consumption,
- Join the “Pact for the circular economy”, making progress in reducing the use of non-renewable natural resources and increasing the use of reused materials in the company’s production cycle.
“Aligned with the Earth Summit on Climate Change held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and the successive revisions and agreements of Kyoto 1997, Paris 2015 and the last one in Katowice at the end of 2018, at Exkal we continue to seek solutions to minimize the impact of emissions generated by our activity and our products, thanks to an improvement in environmental management and in the efficiency of production processes ”, highlights Alfonso Antoñanzas.
With this type of action, the Spanish Global Compact Network and its member organizations seek to contribute to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, work that, in these moments of crisis and uncertainty, is configured as the formula to create the sustainable future that the world needs.
Promoting the contribution of companies to sustainable development
It has been five years since the United Nations General Assembly approved the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), unanimously by the 193 participating States, including Spain. “Leave no one behind” is the axis of the agreement. The SDGs propose ending poverty and hunger, reducing inequalities, and tackling urgent challenges like climate change.
To achieve such an ambitious Agenda, the necessary participation of all was agreed: governments, companies, civil society and citizens from all over the world. Its strength comes from the universal character of the agreement and the ambition of its 169 goals. Achieving them requires an unprecedented effort on the part of all sectors of society; and companies have a very important role to play in this endeavor. Achieving the SDGs requires combining the drive of the public sector, companies, investors and civil society.
Ten years to meet the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has called on all sectors of society to mobilize in this “Decade of action”.
The “Decade of Action” calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to the world’s major challenges; from poverty and gender equality, to climate change, inequality and closing the financial gap. Businesses have a very important role to play in this endeavor.