Our Commitment to Sustainability
The policy supports the company’s mission to carry out Potash Mining, in a cost effective, safe, responsible, sustainable manner committed to the environment. Which is why measures have been taken to ensure that the Muga Mine not only complies with current legislation, but also that all its activities are aligned with external international guidelines such as the Aarhus Convention, the United Nations Global Compact, the Rio Declaration, the Performance Standards recommended by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), as well as the Equator Principles.
In addition, to materialise these commitments, Geoalcali has based its Corporate Social Responsibility on the following pillars:
1.- Implementation of an Integrated Management System that includes Quality, Environment and Health and Safety to carry out a sustainable mining management. The following standards have been adopted by the Company:
- ISO 19001 Quality Management.
- ISO 14001 Environmental Management.
- UNE 22480 Sustainable Mining Management.
- OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management.
2.- Adoption of Regulation 26000 on Corporate Responsibility and alignment with international programs and guidelines (GRI Standards, IFC, Equator Principles) to incorporate into its Management System, recommended procedures to ensure a participatory relationship with stakeholders. Regulation 26000 is today one of the most prestigious and recognised international standards. It sets the bases and recommendations needed to help organisations implement a socially responsible way of operating. The objective of corporate responsibility is to contribute to sustainable development. The performance of an organisation in relation to the society in which it operates and its impact on the environment has become a critical part of measuring its overall performance and its ability to continue operating effectively. In part, this reflects a growing recognition of the need to ensure healthy ecosystems, social equity and good governance of organisations. In the long term, all organisations’ activities depend on the health of global ecosystems. Organisations are under increasing scrutiny by their various stakeholders. It is for this reason that Geoalcali has voluntarily adopted the guidelines set forth in Regulation 26000 in order to achieve, maintain and protect its “social license” or acceptance of the company and its projects within the local communities.
3.- The creation of the Geoalcali Foundation. Established in 2014, the Foundation was born to promote, articulate, manage and execute a number of projects to contribute to the development of the Local Community, especially:
- Training and labour insertion in the most disadvantaged sectors.
- Support for entrepreneurial initiatives that generate jobs.
- Attention to the social needs of the residents of the area.
- The generation of educational, cultural and promotional activities in agricultural and sustainable cultivation.
4.- Development of a Public Participation and Communication Plan in order to involve institutions, individuals and social and economic agents in our projects through effective participation under the methodologies and participation formulas recommended by the OECD (The Organisation for Cooperation and Economic Development) and the Government of Navarra.
5.- Adherence to the regional programs of Social Responsibility Management. Currently Geoalcali S.L. has adhered to the program InnovaRSE for the Action Plan phase of the Government of Navarra and has the Reconcilia certificate. In Aragon Geoalcali is a member of the CSR program.
6.- Ethical Code of the company, which establishes policies aimed at ensuring the values of the company are aligned with the principles of the Global Compact, the ILO (International Labour Organisation) Declaration and ICMM (International Mining Council and Metals).