The Autonomous Basque Government has recognised 28 Basque Organisations that have obtained the theEMAS Certificate for Environmental Performance in the Basque Community, which include the Port Authority of Bilbao.
With this certificate, the Port Authority continues on track to making Bilbao a reference port as well as voluntarily integrating socially responsible policies and criteria, as established in the Port of Bilbao Strategic Plan 2013-2017.
This accreditation is one step more in the entity’s commitment to social responsibility, whose aim is to respond to the fundamental question of public enterprises’ external responsibilities needing to coincide with citizens’ rights.
The first step taken by the Port Authority in this respect was when it obtained an Integrated Quality, Prevention and Environmental System (according to UNE-EN-ISO 9001, OSHAS 18001 and UNE-EN-ISO 14001 norms) which includes actions dedicated to planning, supervision and constant improvement in its activities. Nonetheless – given the Port Authority’s exemplary commitment to its users and customers, its role to energize the port community in its advance towards the incorporation of social responsibility and the need for excellence in its environmental and economic performances – it considered that the maintenance and improvement of its integrated management system needed registration for EMAS III.
Euskadi (the Basque Country) occupies fifth place in Europe for the number of EMAS accreditations awarded – ahead of the likes of France, the United Kingdom or Portugal.