CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Sustainability

As a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, TYPSA Group aligns its operations and strategies with the ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, the application of labour regulations, respect for the environment and the fight against corruption. We are particularly aware of our role in achieving Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Our contribution to the SDGs

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QUALITY EDUCATION

Our commitment

Promoting technical education in developing countries.

Our focus

The construction of Lac Albert University (UNILAC) in Mahagi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), teaching civil and agricultural engineering.

Our resources

TYPSA Foundation for Development, created 11 years ago. TYPSA Group provides the main source of finance through monetary and other donations totalling 0.7% of the Group profit. TYPSA Group employees and other institutions also donate smaller amounts.

Targets

Train young people in engineering. Provide tools for business start-ups contributing to economic growth in the region and discourage talent emigration.

Achievements

UNILAC has already awarded its first three Civil Engineering degrees, offering the graduates the chance to participate in a European Union financed project for the “Rehabilitation of Virunga National Park Infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”.

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CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

Our commitment

Improving quality of life through our water sector services, one of TYPSA’s 4 business areas generating 20% of our annual revenue.

Our focus

Supporting national and local authorities, both in Spain and internationally, to achieve integrated water resources management and ensure appropriate water quantity, quality, access and availability.

Our resources

Our highly qualified staff and the means to identify needs and provide the best services. We are developing innovative in-house methodologies, introducing climate change forecasts to mitigate extreme weather event risks.

Targets

We are already firmly committed to the water sector in Peru and Brazil and we are strengthening our teams and capabilities to respond to the challenges in both countries.

Achievements

Support to the National Water Authority conducting studies on five water basins in Peru, and support to the Brazilian National Water Agency through the National Water Security Plan.

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AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

Our commitment

Fostering renewable energy sources as the only energy generation business areas.

Our focus

Acting in emerging markets or developing countries where there is a huge need and growth potential.

Our resources

Our specialist wind, solar and hydro energy teams.

Targets

Develop important projects in countries in Africa, America and Asia.

Achievements

Boulenouar wind farm developments in Mauritania (100 MW), for a private developer; El Carrizal hydroelectric power plant in Bolivia (347 MW), for the National Electricity Company (ENDE); and advisory services to the World Bank Scaling Solar programme, in Sri Lanka (100 MW). In all three cases, TYPSA carried out the projects in line with international technical, environmental and social standards, and local regulations.

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DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Our commitment

Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and quality jobs for all.

Our focus

Setting up permanent business in the markets in which we operate in order to help develop local economies by becoming a local stakeholder and understanding the needs of the client and the community first-hand.

Our resources

The network of 35 permanent offices in the 24 countries in which we operate.

Targets

A firm commitment to employee working conditions and to their potential for professional development. This translates into local recruitment in appropriate conditions of employment, training and integration into international collaborative work platforms, complying with local tax requirements, and assuring health and safety in the workplace as per international standards.

Achievements

TYPSA is OHSAS 18001 certified and in 2018 committed to achieving certification at all its workplaces in Spain, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Australia, United Kingdom, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. Internal audits confirmed that compliance in 2018 had reached 91% in Spain and 80.88% in other countries. In 2019, the target was 92% for Spain and 82% for all others.

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INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Our commitment

Delivering sustainable, resilient, and high-quality infrastructure.

Our focus

Constantly improving methodologies, applications and tools, fostering technology, innovation and research.

Our resources

Our position as a leading infrastructure development firm. Our systems and teams.

Targets

Every year the R&D Committee analyses proposals, negotiates agreements and determines which actions to take.

Achievements

We have worked hard to use BIM technology more for transport, water and energy infrastructure, in addition to buildings, adding to our technical teams and training team members to use BIM. The teams’ dedication won them the Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2018 award for the Best project in the Going Digital: Advancements in Rail and Transit category, in the United Kingdom. The digital advancements referred to were achieved in the high-speed project linking London, Manchester and Leeds, in the north of the country (HS2 Lots S1 and S2), one of the most important, state-of-the-art high-speed projects in the world, for which TYPSA is part of the design team.

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SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Our commitment

Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Our focus

Support to local councils, municipalities and public companies in city planning with an integrated and holistic vision, based on four main drivers: mobility and transport, water and sanitation, renewable and efficient energy, and buildings.

Our resources

We help create and transform urban space through 3 specific business areas: Buildings and Cities, Water and Sanitation, and Transport Planning.

Targets

Ensure our teams have the necessary technical skills to enable them to apply sustainability values to each of these drivers, introducing environmental, social and economic considerations in our solutions.

Achievements

The start-up Green Blue Management (GBM) joined the Group, bringing with it over a decade of experience in Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) in cities such as Barcelona, Seville and Madrid. GBM integrates rainwater management into the urban landscape using BIM models, and has not only become Spain’s leading SUDS company but also has a presence on the international stage.

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PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

Our commitment

Collaborating with other stakeholders to make progress in development.

Our focus

Help less developed countries escape from poverty by building their own capacity and training local engineers.

Our resources

Our position, our reputation and our participation in technical and professional associations.

Targets

Seek collaboration to make progress in education at the University School of Civil and Agricultural Engineering (UNILAC), in Mahagi (DRC).

Achievements

The TYPSA Foundation for Development signed a collaboration agreement with the Polytechnic University of Madrid and with a private company to improve UNILAC’s performance. The agreement focuses on supporting teaching at the UNILAC University faculties of Civil and Agricultural Engineering, offering grants to students who enrolled for the 2018-2019 academic year covering 50% of the price of tuition. TYPSA has also coordinated the campus power supply by building a solar photovoltaic plant, donated by PRODIEL, a Spanish manufacturer.