3 April 2019. The El Corte Inglés Group has obtained Zero Waste certification AENOR, for all its centres in Galicia – Santiago, Vigo, Ramón y Cajal and Marineda in A Coruña, as well as the Altamira and Porriño logistics platforms. As a result, El Corte Inglés has become the first Spanish distribution company to obtain this certification for its Galician shopping centres. Furthermore, it has achieved this for an entire region, including all its department stores and logistics platforms.
AENOR Zero Waste certification proves that El Corte Inglés reprocesses all of its waste fractions in order to prevent them from being taken to landfill. This certification helps organisations optimise processes by focusing on waste production sites, and also supports the circular economy by enabling companies to pre-empt legal provisions.
In order to achieve this goal, the company has collaborated with a specialist consultancy and has obtained the commitment and involvement of its more than 4,000 employees who, in just a few months, have adapted centres and warehouses to accommodate a system that is environmentally sustainable in order to minimise the impact of their activities and obtain Zero Waste certification.
El Corte Inglés' business in Galicia generates 42 different waste fractions, which are correctly separated so that at least 90% of the products and/or materials can be reprocessed (through reuse, recycling or energy recovery). This waste is generated both by the business itself and customer households (the Galician centres receive more than 20.5 million visitors per year).
The actions performed for this purpose include reorganising logistics routes and optimising vehicle loads (thus, reducing CO2 emissions), donating more than 97 tonnes of products to food banks and converting 150 tonnes of organic waste into worm compost, which will be sold in Bricor. Furthermore, 290 tonnes of wood has been delivered to a Galician processing company so it can be reused as a raw material and 400 tonnes of waste from electric and electronic devices has been processed so it can be reused, recovered or recycled.
Using these and other measures, it has been possible to prevent an amount of waste equivalent to that generated in one day by 250,000 people (more or less the population of A Coruña) being taken to landfill and thus reduce the environmental impact of disposing of such waste.
The Galicia project is one more step within the Group's environment strategy, with Zero Waste being one of its goals.
All of these actions are part of El Corte Inglés' commitment to society and the environment and demonstrate that the company's ethos is closely aligned with people's concerns.