Energy companies have taken on a great responsibility by facing the challenges of a sustainable energy model that can guarantee a safe supply, contributes to minimising the effects of climate change and respects human rights in every area.
Since 2003, Repsol has maintained an active commitment to the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact. The company signed up to this initiative to make the world a fairer, more united place. During 2010 it took part in various Global Compact-related actions. Likewise, Repsol is aware that its oil and gas extraction activities are an important source of income for the governments in the countries that own these natural resources. If properly managed, these resources can and should make a very positive contribution to their economic growth. For this reason, the company signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) at the time of its launch. Repsol believes that this is the global initiative in the best position to achieve the goal of increasing financial transparency. In 2010, Repsol has provided financial support for the EITI and has been involved in several programmes to spread information and awareness about the initiative.
Likewise, its second 2012 Sustainability Plan was launched. This is within the framework of the company's Corporate Responsibility Management System, in the stage of managing the changes necessary to maximise social and environmental opportunities, and consists of actions aimed at revising company processes and specific training for employees.
The plan's 61 actions are divided in nine strategic programmes:
1. Increased safety.
2. Ethical behaviour and the fight against corruption.
3. Respect for human rights.
4. Commitment to our people.
5. Integration into the community.
6. Sustainable energy and climate change.
7. Controlling and minimising environmental impact.
8. Influencing our suppliers, contractors, subcontractors, distributors, partners and customers.
9. Being accountable for our social and environmental performance.
Repsol will continue working to make safety a distinguishing feature of the company's culture, promoting initiatives such as updating its risk management system and improving safety in processes, transportation, emergency control and the safety management system.
Ethical behaviour and the fight against corruption are the essential base for all other actions. The company will continue to reinforce ethical standards in its businesses, fostering initiatives to increase the ability to make ethical decisions when faced with any dilemma and to reinforce the commitment to the Group's Ethical and Conduct Regulation. Repsol will formally adopt a Policy for the Promotion of Transparency, Against Corruption and Bribery, and it will foster financial transparency in the extractive industry.
The programme for the respect of human rights will help reinforce the requirement to respect human rights that is already in force in the company's code of conduct, by providing a global policy for this purpose.
Commitment to our people is another of the programmes. With this plan, Repsol will continue to promote some original initiatives to protect the equal opportunities of its employees; the balance between work and personal life; the promotion of innovative ideas; and the promotion of a health culture.
The programme for the integration into the community includes some actions to get to know the expectations of the company's stakeholders; and social performance, with a view to improving it. Repsol will also work on improving its relations with local communities, because it believes that they can benefit from the employment and the purchases the company generates.
Regarding environmental initiatives, the company will continue to identify opportunities to increase its energy efficiency and to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It will likewise continue to invest in the research and development of new biofuels and other alternative energies, and in technologies for CO2 capture and storage; in addition to continuing to work to reduce its emissions, optimise water management, improve waste management, heighten spill control and gain a better understanding of the impact on biodiversity.
One of the new areas included in this plan concerns the company's actions to influence its partners and the value chain to take on higher standards in ethical, social and environmental management. Since its reputation goes hand in hand with that of its partners, suppliers, contractors, subcontractors and distributors, Repsol will promote its ethical, social and environmental standards among these groups, as well as promoting responsible energy consumption among its customers.
The progress made on these issues and ethical, social and environmental performance are detailed in the Corporate Responsibility Report and the United Nations Global Compact Progress Report. In Argentina, in 2010, YPF has published the first Corporate Responsibility Report. The presence of Repsol in the sustainability indexes is proof of how the company has been able to gain the confidence of those institutional investors and analysts who understand that corporate responsibility is a good indicator of the quality of a company's management and governance.
For the fifth year running, the company's performance in terms of corporate responsibility has been acknowledged by remaining in the prestigious FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. In the latter, out of 112 oil firms analysed on an international level, Repsol was one of the 12 companies included in the world index (DJSI World), and it is one of only four European companies in the oil and gas sector that have made it to the European index (DJSI Europe). Repsol is the second company in the sector on points in the environmental dimension, and the first in the social dimension. Furthermore, for the first time ever, it obtained the maximum overall points in environmental policy and management system, and it has been awarded the maximum qualifications in the sector regarding the following criteria: climate strategy, standards for suppliers, stakeholders engagement, social impact on communities, customer relationship management and transparency.
Also in 2010, Repsol confirmed its continued presence in the Global and European Ethibel Sustainability Indexes (ESI), which recognise the best companies in each sector in terms of their corporate responsibility and sustainability performance.
The Repsol Foundation carried out a number of projects in 2010 as part of its commitment to the sustainable improvement of society.
One special field of interest for the Foundation is that of public responsibility. The Citizen R programme can be included in this context. This is an initiative to promote a culture of civic participation and engagement, and to promote values such as responsibility, solidarity and respect. During 2010, the Citizen R caravan, a mobile unit with exhibitions and interactive games and workshops, moved around various Spanish cities raising awareness among children about the importance of making a responsible, efficient use of energy, and the need to respect and care for the environment. During its travels, the caravan received over 37,700 visits.
As part of its Energy Observatory, the Foundation updated its Energy Efficiency Index, which provides comprehensive and itemised information on its evolution and its contribution to reducing electricity consumption. It has also developed a new index on Intensity of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
In the education and training field, in addition to scholarship programmes and collaboration with universities and other academic institutions, the Foundation fosters scientific research and the generation and dissemination of knowledge. In this sense it is worth mentioning Movilab, a programme developed with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) to bring science to the general public and, in particular, to promote an interest in science among schoolchildren. During the academic year, a mobile laboratory installed in a truck's trailer went to the main provincial capitals and other cities in Spain bringing interactive workshops prepared with teaching techniques and scientific rigour.
Contributing to the social and workplace integration of people with disabilities is one of the tasks in which the Foundation is increasingly involved, by working in educational, cultural and sports projects. In the last quarter of the year, in collaboration with the ONCE Foundation, the educational awareness programme Tu formación no tiene límites. Desarrolla tu futuro (Training is unlimited. Develop your future) started, with the aim of promoting access to university for people with disabilities and normalise their workplace integration process. Another noteworthy programme is the one carried out in collaboration with the Fundación Bobath, through which young people suffering from cerebral palsy and brain damage can have access to formal education in Administration, which provides them with employment opportunities. Regarding sports, the Foundation supports programmes that make it possible for athletes with various disabilities to practice mountain sports and adapted cycling in a relaxed environment and in the company of family and friends. Simultaneously and in collaboration with other entities, it promotes creative writing and theatre workshops specifically designed for people with disabilities. This line of action also covers the "Recapacita" (Reconsider) initiative, aimed at raising awareness in society about the problems faced by people with various types of disabilities. "Recapacita" is an interactive space with a circuit involving different senses showing, by means of a series of activities in which participants have to put themselves in a disabled person's position, the difficulties they face in their daily lives.
In the area of international cooperation and development aid, the Repsol Foundation has become actively involved in the rebuilding of Haiti. In addition to the initial donation of €100,000 and the collection of funds among our employees and the general public to help the victims of the earthquake, a global aid project has been organised to encourage the development and rebuilding of this Caribbean country. Through the initiative "Árboles solidarios" (Supportive Trees), 29,000 trees, of local species, will be planted to develop an agroforestry project.
In Senegal, collaborating with the Fundación Por Una Sonrisa (Foundation for a Smile) en Africa, several educational and health centres have been provided with infrastructure. These centres are located in several communities south of Dakar, and 6,000 people have benefited from this programme either directly or indirectly.
In the context of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Foundation has contributed to improving understanding of biodiversity and its importance for life and economic development through exhibitions and forums of reflection. Another factor that contributes to the development and progress of a community is the dissemination of art and culture. Consequently, the Foundation cooperates with museums, institutions and other cultural foundations to bring music, theatre, art and literature to the public.
The Foundation also promotes and develops social studies of general interest. Its research includes a number of areas: social observatory of energy, responsible mobility and science and society. In the area of responsible mobility, two complementary studies were presented in 2010: La alimentación en los viajes por carretera. Hábitos y comportamientos (Road Trip Diets. Habits and Behaviour) and Recomendaciones nutricionales durante los viajes (Nutritional recommendations for journeys), prepared in collaboration with the Spanish Nutrition Foundation to establish the most suitable dietary advice for various kinds of journey, considering factors such as population groups, type of journey, means of transport used and time of year. As a complement to these studies, and in collaboration with the Dirección General de Trafico (Spanish Department of Traffic), the Foundation prepared a set of good practices for good eating habits on the road, contributing to safer driving.
The Repsol Foundation undertakes its activities in those countries where the company operates its business, with specific projects adapted to the local needs. In Ecuador, for instance, it promotes a microcredit programme in the provinces of Orellana and Sucumbíos, designed for lowincome women who are excluded from formal financial systems, enabling them to generate their own employment resources.
In Peru, the Foundation has opened the Centre for Education and Integrated Human Development (CEDHI) for young people at risk of social exclusion in Arequipa; the educational infrastructure of Pachacutec has been extended by building a secondary school and a basic training space at the Centre for Education and Community Development (CEDEC), making the integration of young people at risk of social exclusion into the education system possible. Construction on the Luisa Astrain School has also begun in order to provide access to education for children living in extreme poverty. In Bolivia, in the area of health, the building of a paediatric and emergency section has been started to enlarge the capacity of the Hospital San José Obrero in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, an area with significant unmet needs in this field. Similarly, the Foundation continues to work on the healthy home programme to fight Chagas disease in some zones of the country.
Since its creation in 1996, the YPF Foundation has worked on the development of initiatives relating to education, scientific research, heritage preservation, cultural diffusion and the protection of the environment, especially in Argentina. In 2010 two important milestones were reached: The opening of the Las Heras Cultural Centre in Santa Cruz, and of the Museum of Oil and the Environment in La Plata. In the field of education, in 33 technical schools the average education has been strengthened through teacher training with a high academic level, latest-generation equipment and didactic material. The mobile interpretation centre Ciencia y Tecnologia en Movimiento (Science and Technology in motion) was presented at the International Book Fair and travelled to schools and science fairs in different parts of the country. Support has also been given to 200 students in their university studies relating to the oil and gas industry and to 69 professionals in their postgraduate work in science and technology. With the aim of improving people's social and work inclusion, the Foundation has continued to offer a job training programme in the towns where Repsol has operations. A new project was added in 2010, the Re-Conocer programme, which deals with disability related problems by raising awareness and implementing actions for educational and workplace inclusion. In the area of sustainable development, the YPF Foundation has been working alongside various institutions such as Ecocentro, the NGO Aves Argentinas and National Parks, to coordinate research and awareness-raising projects on environmental improvement and on the protection and conservation of the environment and biodiversity. Regarding cultural activities, the First International Violin Competition Buenos Aires 2010 was organised in collaboration with the Amijai community and as part of the patronage of the Buenos Aires city council: 25 young violin players from all over the world were judged by an internationally-renowned jury chaired by Shlomo Mintz. For the second consecutive year, the YPF Foundation Cultural Season presented over 100 free plays and musicals for adults and young people in 13 towns and cities around the country. And with Arte en la Torre (Art in the Tower), a new space for contemporary art at its Buenos Aires headquarters, the YPF Foundation will bring the work of important Argentinean artists closer to the public. The Muestras Itinerantes (Travelling Exhibitions) programme also started, with Marcos López's photography exhibition Vuelo de Cabotaje (Domestic Flight). During 2010 the Foundation has worked actively in the conservation of Argentinean heritage. The conservation and restoration project of the works of Cándido López, the renovation of the tearooms at the Teatro Colón and the renovation of the Museo Gauchesco and the Parque Criollo Ricardo Güiraldes, are evidence of this.
In line with its firm social commitment, in 2001 Repsol decided to create a foundation in Ecuador with the basic objective of working for the development of indigenous and mixed-race communities in territories under the indirect influence of Block 16. Based on a study, three priority lines of action were identified to improve the living conditions of the population. The first is related to education and job-market insertion; the second is oriented towards health and hygiene and the third concerns efforts to strengthen production and commercial capability at the micro and local levels. The Repsol YPF Ecuador Foundation took part in 22 social development projects in 2010. Within the foundation there is the conviction that the sustainability of supported initiatives requires an injection of funds, but once this process has finished, it is necessary to continue supporting the projects through constant monitoring until absolute autonomy is achieved. A total of 11,865 people benefited from the initiatives funded by the Repsol YPF Ecuador Foundation Corporate Responsibility using its own resources and contributions from counterparty entities, strategic allies of the foundation and the communities themselves.
The Foundation is making a consistent effort to generate proposals and seek additional funding with the aim of enlisting the support of multilateral cooperation organisations and other companies in its social and environmental development projects and initiatives.