El Corte Inglés has reinforced its commitment to sustainability with four environmental and circular economy projects, with the main objective to achieve zero emissions in the medium term. The projects include achieving zero waste in the management system implemented and certified by Aenor. Currently, 55 logistics centres and platforms of the company, 51 in Spain and four in Portugal, already have this certification. The company has also proposed to mitigate and offset the carbon emissions it produces, with the horizon of reaching zero emissions in 2050. 100% of the energy consumed by the company is of certified renewable origin, and compensation actions have been carried out in several centres during the last year. On the other hand, the group works to reduce the carbon footprint of its customers, and for this it has implemented more than 300 electric vehicle charging points in its car parks, becoming the largest national private car park in this category.
El Corte Inglés also works to achieve sustainable packaging. Thus, 100% of the plastic bags in its supermarkets are made from recycled raw material and are also reusable. With this and other initiatives, the company aims to reduce its plastic footprint by 30% by 2025 throughout its supply chain. In addition, different options of reusable and sustainable bags have been put on sale. El Corte Inglés has also joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastic Economy initiative, which aims to promote a more sustainable plastics system. Currently, the group also reinforces its commitment that its products are sustainable, since it has more than 100,000 references of products with sustainability attributes between fashion, home, technology, leisure and food, and is a signatory of the Fashion Pact for achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the UN.