For more than three decades Humana and the other organizations of Humana People to People have been working to protect the environment and fight against poverty through concrete initiatives that have a positive impact on the people and communities in which it is present. At present, the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are two of the big framwork under which the entity develops its activity.
Our work in development cooperation allows us to influence the SDGs related to the end of poverty (SDG number 1), zero hunger (SDG 2), health and well-being (SDG 3), quality education (SDG 4) and gender equality (SDG 5), for example. We are an organization very committed to eradicating inequalities. We have always been involved in this fight, even before the Millennium Development Goals exist and subsequently the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our activity in Spain affects Objective 11 (“Sustainable cities and communities”) and SDG 12 (“Responsible production and consumption”) with the following contribution: promoting sustainable consumption (the basic principle of reuse is that the garment more sustainable is the one already made), with the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources, waste reduction, we are committed to the adoption of sustainable practices, we advocate for sustainable public procurement and we defend local culture and products.
The environmental impact of textile waste management
Another of the goals of these SDGs is to "reduce the negative environmental impact per capita of cities, including paying special attention to air quality and the management of municipal and other waste." That is where our work is involved in the management of textile waste: since 1987, we have recovered more than 312,072 tons of textile which has undoubtedly helped the sustainability of the municipalities where we are present.
Along with this work, the impact of our work on the generation of employment in Spain is also remarkable: we generate a fixed job for every 36 tons of textile managed (our foundation currently has 600 employees). Creating employment is the best way to fight against poverty and for the dignity of the person.
On the other hand, our social and urban agriculture program, 3C Cultivating Climate and Community, expresses our commitment to the environment, the fight against the consequences of climate change, social responsibility and sustainability. This project affects Objective 12 and also Objective 13 (“Action for climate”) because they promote sustainable consumption, sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources, encourages the adoption of sustainable practices, commitment to local products and improves education, awareness and human and institutional capacity regarding climate change mitigation.
Another aspect in which Humana contributes to achieving the values and criteria of the SDGs is the transition from a linear to a circular economy model.
Corresponsables Day in Oviedo
The University of Oviedo hosts this Thursday, September 26, the Corresponsables Day dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. Ricardo Rodríguez, responsible for Humana in Asturias, participates in the round table “Interest groups reflect on the challenges of the SDGs ”. It will share prominence with representatives of the Asturian Quality Club (non-profit association formed by organizations that have implemented and certified a management system), the university itself and Plena Inclusión Asturias (groups 19 entities that defend the rights of people with intellectual disabilities or of development and their families).
This Thursday's meeting, organized by the Corresponsables publication and which will be attended by Faustino Blanco, Secretary General of Health and Consumer Affairs of the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, will serve to reflect on the involvement of companies with respect to the 2030 Agenda , the challenges of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the achievement of the SDGs.
This event has been held in other Spanish cities. Gustavo Pampin, National Promoter of the Foundation, participated last May in a similar day in A Coruña, where he explained our commitment to the SDGs and highlighted our work in Galicia.