4 April 2019. Banco Santander has obtained certification AENOR for its Sustainable Events management system, which proves the sustainability of its meeting with investors (Investor Day) held yesterday in London. This has enabled Banco Santander to become the first company to receive this type of recognition from AENOR, which is based on Standard UNE-ISO 20121, for a meeting with investors, analysts and rating agencies.
Standard UNE-ISO 20121 sets forth the requirements for developing a sustainability management system for any type of event or activity associated with it. The bank already received this recognition for its Shareholder Meeting last year and in 2017.
AENOR has certified that all the processes involved in the Investor Day followed sustainability criteria in order to reduce the impact of the conference and generate economic, social and environmental benefits for the area in which it is held.
One of the benefits of this certification is that it encourages a reduction in the consumption of resources such as water, power and waste. It also encourages recipients to engage local suppliers and workers who are at risk of being excluded and promotes the use of public transport.
It is the most direct way for an organisation to demonstrate to third parties that it has a public and ethical commitment to society, the environment and sustainability. It also helps organisations to improve their reputation and adhere to their social responsibility policy by fostering commitments with suppliers, among other activities.
Standard UNE-ISO 20121 provides criteria for different phases and activities: design, planning, performance, implementation, review and activities after the sustainable event.