In a year like 2020, so critically impacted by the pandemic and in which the company experienced significant declines in activity and consequently in revenues, an in-depth internal reflection was carried out looking at the need to support those social actions that the company has been developing since 2011. In a situation in which solidarity needs to be more essential than ever and in which companies and institutions need to be involved with people and territories, Saba has maintained its commitments in this area and has even expanded its collaborations.
Especially noteworthy is Saba’s involvement with the #YoMeCorono movement, an initiative of the team of doctors and researchers of the Fight AIDS and Infectious Diseases Foundation, IrsiCaixa and the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, who are working on various fronts with the aim of arresting the COVID-19 pandemic. Saba’s contribution to this international research programme has been the most significant in Saba’s history, in the awareness of the strategic importance of supporting scientific knowledge at a time like now.
Saba’s lines of action in the area of social action are oriented towards three areas, in which projects are sought with which the company is committed in the long term and which are always linked to the territory in which Saba operates. In the first place, initiatives in the field of health and framed in the hospital environment, among which should be highlighted the agreement to promote the SJD Paediatric Cancer Centre of the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, which will be the most important childhood cancer hospital construction in Europe.
The hospital environment, attention to disadvantaged groups and the fight against climate change are Saba’s main axes of social action
Secondly, support for disadvantaged groups, with a special focus on children and families. Here we can highlight the collaboration with Cáritas and Aldeas Infantiles, the largest direct care organisation for children in Spain, with a presence in 139 countries, including most of those in which Saba is present. The agreement with the Incorpora Programme of the Obra Social de la Caixa would also be included in this section, which has the aim of providing jobs for people at risk of social exclusion.
Finally, projects involving action against climate change and which clearly connect with Saba’s philosophy and its role as a manager of sustainable mobility. Worthy of note here is the collaboration with Plant-for-the-Planet, a non-governmental organisation founded in Germany and present in 71 countries which aims to sensitise children and adults to the problems of climate change and global justice.
All collaborations are reviewed year on year, they are tracked and support is maintained with a view to further expanding actions, always within the parameters established in Saba’s regulations. In this sense, as established in section 24 of the Code of Ethics, the company regulates contributions and collaborations with third parties internally, with the exception of those related to political parties or organisations linked to them.