ACCIONA completed its Sustainability Master Plan 2010-2015 at 2015 year-end and now begins a new stage with its sights on 2020. An assessment of the SMP 2010-2015 shows broad attainment of the objectives and some very significant achievements, both quantitative and qualitative.
The SMP 2010-2015 was structured around nine areas with a strategic approach towards generating distinctive competitive capabilities. The goal of being a leader in sustainable solutions made it necessary to align internal resources and the organisation itself with the goal of sustainability and to ensure that this concept was transmitted to all the company's activities. That was the only way of achieving those ambitious quantitative objectives, especially in the area of energy and water consumption and emissions reduction.
People. The first commitment to sustainability lies with the company's people. Workplace safety and health, particularly avoiding workplace accidents, are a priority. A one-third reduction in the workplace accident frequency rate is a particularly significant milestone for ACCIONA, and it was achieved thanks to the implementation of workplace safety models based on certification to international standards.
Another important objective was integration into the workforce of differently-abled people, who accounted for 3.55% in 2015.
A key element, was linking a percentage of variable remuneration to achieving the objectives set in the SMP 2010-2015, which reinforced all employees' commitment and involvement.
Environment. The company reduced its total emissions by more than 40%, from 1.1 million tons of CO2 in 2009 to 0.6 million tons in 2015. We have gone from avoiding 8.7 million tons of CO2 in 2009 to avoiding 17.2 million tons in 2015, thanks to our renewable energy production.
Regarding the water footprint, our goal in the SMP 2010-2015 was to multiply our net positive water contribution five-fold; we far exceeded that objective, achieving a 6.4-fold improvement and bringing our net positive contribution to nearly 500 cubic hectometres.
Innovation ACCIONA accredited 876 million euros on innovation in 2010-2015, 75% more than the 500 million euros target. The impact of our innovation activity is also reflected in the short term. The savings achieved thanks to the process improvement innovations amounted to 86.8 million euros.
Value circle. Spreading the sustainability principles throughout the value chain is a strategic objective of the Company. Thanks to this Plan, we have established Ethical Principles and assigned a sustainable development rating to 78% of our main suppliers (which invoice the group more than 100,000 euros per year), and we have recently incorporated a sustainable procurement guide and a catalogue with more than 500 items. A total of 2.500 suppliers received training on sustainability.
Society. ACCIONA is aware of its activity's impact on the communities in which it operates. Hence, a key component of the Company's community policy was to develop a social impact management methodology, which is being gradually rolled out in the various markets. At the end of 2015, that methodology was in place at 47 projects in 18 countries.
Our social commitment is complemented by the ACCIONA Microenergy Foundation, which provides electricity to isolated rural areas of Peru and Mexico using home solar systems, benefiting more than 30,000 people. Furthermore, corporate voluntary work rose from 2,500 hours in 2012 to 23,800 hours in 2015.
In the area of corporate governance, the Code of Conduct was enhanced and the crime prevention and anti-corruption programme was stepped up through the creation of a new Compliance Department. Accountability meant a qualitative improvement in disclosures by the company, together with efforts to disseminate our sustainability principles and retain our lead in this area—internally, in society at large and in international associations, institutions and bodies—by means of a structured and personalised approach to the various stakeholders.