We work with and for people. That’s why we’re very aware of the needs of those around us, but also of the problems faced every day by people in the most disadvantaged circumstances around the world. Our commitment to society is real, and that’s why we’re working to achieve each one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Every department at our company is putting their all into this challenge.
Below, discover how Eversia is making an impact on each one of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals.
AN END TO POVERTY
Eversia has been made an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), collaborating with programmes to save, protect and reconstruct the lives of millions of refugees and displaced persons around the world. UNHCR is an essential emergency fund that supplies aid within the first 72 hours when an emergency breaks out, immediately providing resources such as transport, transfers, and basic needs such as support, education, emergency equipment, healthcare, nutrition, water, protection and shelter.
We believe that our well-being is inherently linked to that of others.
Our contribution to alleviate the shortage of food in the most disadvantaged environments is supported by the annual collaboration with the Food Bank of the Region of Murcia, through food collection and economic contribution.
It is then distributed amongst more than 180 beneficiaries such as nursing homes, children’s homes, safe houses, soup kitchens, local councils, the Red Cross, the organisation Caritas Parroquiales and other volunteer groups.
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
We develop workplace health and safety programmes that have benefited our workers 100%. Promoting the health and well-being of everyone who is a part of Eversia is a priority. The aim is to reduce workplace accidents and illnesses throughout our whole value chain. This project encompasses measures covering absenteeism, stress, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, workplace illnesses and staff’s commitment, amongst others. For this, we have implemented measures to improve staff’s health, such as rotating machine work; specific training in health and safety; workplace safety for pregnant women, for employees with a disability, or vulnerable groups; agreements with a physiotherapy clinic for recovery and improvement, etc.
We are collaborators of the GAVI program for childhood vaccination promoted by Obra Social La Caixa and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to facilitate access to improved sanitation in developing countries.
The training, achievement and motivation of our employees is key to their professional success, which is why we create annual training programmes for all our workers, with the sole aim of helping them develop their talent to the maximum. In the past year, staff have received more than 6,500 hours of training.
We collaborate by holding internships for students from professional training institutes, universities, and SEF and business school courses, bringing the reality of the business world to their training, and by educating young people and strengthening their technical knowledge. In 2021, more than 7,000 hours of internships were carried out at our company, some of which led to full employment afterwards.
At Eversia, women’s full and effective participation is an ongoing priority. There are equal opportunities in leadership at all levels, with women heading departments and projects, as well as being members of the Board of Directors. The percentage of women is 28% and increases every year. In 2012 the Equality Plan was implemented.
Our payment policy establishes salary levels linked to the position held at the organisation, regardless of gender, race, religion or other factors.
Annually we carry out awareness campaigns on gender equality and opportunities.
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Our water saving and management plan has reduced the amount consumed per kilo of product by 13% in the past year. We’ve conducted various tasks to achieve this goal, such as replacing cooling towers with high-performance cooling equipment and reducing the flow rate in showers and sinks.
Our alliance with the international Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) project arises from the plastic industry, with the aim of reducing the number of pellets lost into the environment. To achieve this, we have activated control, gathering and loss prevention measures for the raw material at our facilities.
AFFORDABLE, NON-POLLUTING ENERGY
At Eversia we use green energy 100% from renewable, reliable and sustainable sources certified by our EDP suppliers.
We have reduced NMVOC emissions by more than 8%. This figure reflects the work undertaken by the company in the fight against climate change.
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Generating real and inclusive labour opportunities is one of our highest principles. The company is committed to preventing all discrimination, whether due to race, gender, nationality, language, origins, personal beliefs, civil status or health, as well as the application of the principle of equal opportunities. We believe in equality and respect towards all people. We are fully against discrimination. In 2020, we have people from 12 nationalities working with us – a clear sign of integrity and diversity.
Our commitment to developing policies for equality is applied from recruitment to promotion, covering salary policy, training, employment conditions, workplace health, the Working Time Directive and the balance between work and family life.
Adherence to the program of the Columbares Association on the “Management of Diversity in Companies” with which it is intended to compile, analyze and produce a Manual of Good Practices of Diversity. Signatories of the “European Charter of Diversity”, of the Diversity Foundation, which seeks to promote inclusion and plurality in the workplace.
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Most of Eversia’s economic investment goes into R&D+i, with the aim of improving the technological capacity of our processes, and designing sustainable products. This includes biocompostable containers for waste collection, food quality paper, commercial bags and flexible packaging.
In the last 10 years, we have invested 30 million euros in becoming a sustainable industry. Investment in infrastructure, training teams and conditioning spaces is a constant priority at Eversia. Over the next 4 years, the creation of a new plant with technological innovations in renewable energy and maximum comfort workstations is planned.
In research we work on three key pillars: productivity, sustainability and functionality.
We have grown in terms of integrating people with disabilities and special needs, who now make up 3% of our workforce. We consolidate our collaboration with associations for people with disabilities and other external bodies and from the third sector, made up of people with physical and psychological handicaps, who provide certain auxiliary services for our activity.
Equality policies have been adopted to provide equal labour opportunities to all workers, regardless of any individual characteristics. We also provide internship contracts to young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, promoting diversity at the company.
We have participated in alliances such as the Cruz Roja Española to improve Employability and Access to the Labor Market for people in social difficulty.
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Designing containers for the collection of municipal waste. Collection and management models are changing fast, seeking more efficient and sustainable systems for the planet. We contribute by helping with this design, specifically with the vehicle that transports the waste so that it can then be treated.
Our biocompostable products are an example of packaging created to contribute to the sustainability of the community. OK compost INDUSTRIAL certification from TÜV AUSTRIA is conclusive proof of the product’s compostability.
Together with the Molina de Segura City Council, we participate in the CityAdaP3 Project, within the #LIFE European aid program, to improve adaptation to climate change in the urban environment through the implementation of local adaptation plans (PACES).
RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
The Circular Economy model is part of our DNA. We reduce, recycle and reuse waste and residue though prevention and recycling activities, such as managing our own recycling mill at our facilities, so that we can transform our own waste and residue into raw material, to be reincorporated into the production process.
Our products can be made with post-industrial or post-consumption recycled materials, or biocompostable raw materials. We work on our product designs to increase their subsequent recyclability. We want 80% of our production to be sustainable by 2025 according to product certifications. National quality seals, AENOR, and international, Blue Angel, attest to the circularity of our products.
Every year, on the platform “Monitoring Recyclates for Europe” (MORE), we will declare the quantity of recycled material consumed and incorporated in the production of our recycled packaging solutions.
ACTION FOR THE CLIMATE
We work continuously to mitigate climate change with measures that help reduce its effects. We renewed the Seal I Reduce Carbon Footprint, from the Ministry for Ecological Transition, in recognition of the effort to reduce our Carbon Footprint by 26,5% in our production processes, in the last 3 years. We work to achieve the Compensation Seal.
Some of the measures that led to us being awarded with this certification include using 100% renewable energy sources, controlling the consumption of diesel in vehicles to reduce their polluting impact, and continuous inspection of equipment that uses fluorinated gases to prevent leaks.
Adherence to the LIFE FOREST CO2 program to offset the emissions generated with local forest management.
We are committed to caring for the natural environment and the quality of the ocean floor. That’s why we endorse the international Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) project, which arises from the plastics industry, to reduce the loss of pellets into the environment.
We colaborate with the Fundación Legado Humano, gathering waste from beaches in the Region of Murcia.
Support for the Hippocampus Association whose objective is the study and conservation of the seahorse population in the Mar Menor, and specifically its Plumbum project in which cleanings of the seabed are carried out with the help of scuba diving equipment.
LIFE OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS
Our paper products have PEFC and FSC certification, which guarantee that the raw material comes from sustainably managed forests.
These seals guarantee that the wood or products derived from it come from a forest that has been managed, assessed, and certified in accordance with certain social, economic and environmental criteria, defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
Eversia has internally-governed regulations that act as the guiding principle for our activities, so that all of the company’s actions are carried out in strict compliance with current legislation. Employees and external contractors are obliged to care for, protect and defend the goods and resources that constitute the company’s assets.
We have a Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment Protocol, with the aim of generating a healthy, respectful workplace for all.
ALLIANCES FOR ACHIEVING THE OBJECTIVES
We are aligned with associations and institutions in the sector that ensure that the SDGs are achieved, working on regulations on sustainability, environmental awareness raising activities and corporate social responsibility. These include the Fundación Legado Humano, the Red Cross, etc.
Eversia has conducted more then 18 solidarity initiatives with third-sector institutions, establishing various agreements in collaboration with them, in different ways and amounts.