Isavia has set itself eight objectives relating to social responsibility for 2018 and has drawn up an action plan for each one. When selecting objectives and improvement projects, the company has focused on the nature of its operations and policies and on which aspects require most urgent attention.
As well as taking account of GRI aspects when selecting objectives for 2018, the objectives in question relate to the company’s commitment to the main rules of the UN Global Compact, to the “Responsible Tourism” incentive programme run by Festa (Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility) and Iceland Tourism, to the Sustainable development goals of the United Nations and to company policy. Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), an organisation within the aviation sector which aims to support sustainable growth, issued a report in 2017 linking the Global Goals of the United Nations to ideas for improvement projects for companies engaged in aviation-related activities. Isavia also took account of ATAG reporting when formulating its objectives, which link up to five of the seventeen Global Goals.
GLOBAL GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
The company has set itself the objective of reducing staff accidents which lead to absence. This objective is indirectly linked to Global Goal 3 and specifically to Target 3.6, which aims to “halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents” by 2020. The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) report links this Global Goal to ongoing training in safety awareness in aviation, and Isavia uses this as its reference.
GLOBAL GOAL 5: GENDER EQUALITY
Isavia has set itself the objectives of equal pay for equal work and of increasing the number of women in third-level management positions, i.e. middle management. This action relates to Global Goals 5.1, which aims to “end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere”, and 5.5, which aims to “ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life”. Efforts will be focused on Indicator 5.5.2, which measures the proportion of women in managerial positions. Data collected by the United National from 67 countries show that women currently occupy less than a third of managerial positions.
GLOBAL GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Isavia has set itself the objective of increasing the share of sorted waste in its operations. This links up to Global Goal 12 on responsible consumption and particularly Target 12.6, which aims to “substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse” by 2030.
The company has also set itself the objective of making its purchasing more transparent, more traceable and more accessible and in this connection, adopting the Code of Ethics for suppliers which was approved by the Managing Director last year. This links up to United Nations’ Target 12.6, which aims to “encourage companies [...] to adopt sustainable practices”, and Target 12.7, which aims to “promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities”.
GLOBAL GOAL 13: CLIMATE ACTION
Isavia has set itself the objective of reducing use of fossil fuels. This links up to Global Goal Target 13.2, which aims to “integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning”. Isavia also participates in the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) system, run by Airports Council International. The ACA is a form of carbon accreditation for airports and is therefore customised to airport operations. Keflavík Airport has taken part in the project for two years. The objective has been set to reduce carbon emissions by 2030, and work on a detailed plan to achieve this objective is ongoing.
GLOBAL GOAL 17: PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
Isavia’s partnership-related action focuses on further strengthening co-operation with the company’s stakeholders by means of effective and co-ordinated communication. This links up to United Nations’ Target 17.17, under which the company aims to “encourage and promote effective public, public private and civil society partnerships”.