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7

Letter from the Chairman

Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2014

BME

The BME Shareholder Education Programme, organ-

ised by its training centre, Instituto BME, continued

to offer free on-site courses. In 2014 Instituto BME

embarked on a new initiative: the Asset Management

Course for people wanting to learn how to handle and

invest their savings in the best way.

As for BME employees, the 2014 edition of the BME

Idea contest was held, while an in-house campaign

was carried out designed to encourage us, at BME, to

work towards a common goal so that we can face the

future and cope with the challenges that lie ahead.

We choose our suppliers among those with the

cleanest technologies and lowest electricity usage.

We also continue to curb our CO2 emissions through

limited and responsible use of heating, air-condi-

tioning and lighting at all our buildings, and have

implemented appropriate maintenance to detect

leaks and prevent water loss, while at the same time

using more water-efficient systems. As a result of

these endeavours, we reduced water consumption at

work centres in 2014, while also achieving savings in

paper consumption.

Once again in 2014, BME was involved with cultural

institutions as a member of the Friends of the Prado

Foundation, a sponsoring partner of the Reina Sofia

Museum in Madrid, a partner of the Teatro Real in

Madrid and, through the Bilbao Stock Exchange, a stra-

tegic patron of the Guggenheim Museum in that city.

Social initiatives carried out by BME in the year

included co-operation with the Madrid Food Bank,

making financial donations to acquire machinery.

We are extremely proud of our performance in 2014

which, like previous years, was tough. We faced the

challenges and changes, and turned them into oppor-

tunities, all while upholding BME’s commitments to

solvency and responsibility with society at large.

Antonio J. Zoido