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BME AND SOCIETY

Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2014

BME

Social initiatives carried out by BME in the year

included co-operation with the Madrid Food Bank in

the form of financial donations to acquire machinery.

6.1. WORKING TO PRESERVE

SPAIN’S HISTORICAL AND

ARTISTIC HERITAGE.

The Madrid Stock Exchange is housed in the late 19th

Century Palacio de la Bolsa, a building of great cultural

value. The Palacio, which showcases Spain’s historical

and artistic heritage, stirs an enormous interest and

curiosity among the general public. To satisfy this

interest, free guided tours, in Spanish and English,

6.2. FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP OF

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.

The importance given by BME to cultural activities is

clearly reflected in the company’s active participation

in academic and cultural organisations, even where its

activities are not directly related to these disciplines.

BME is a member of the Friends of the Prado Foun-

dation, a sponsoring partner of the Reina Sofia

museum in Madrid, and a partner of the Teatro Real

in Madrid. Through the Bilbao stock exchange the

company is a strategic patron of the Guggenheim

museum in Bilbao.

In addition, BME and the Royal Academy of Jurispru-

dence signed a collaboration agreement that allows

BME to contribute towards the promotion of financial

culture which this Royal Academy develops, as part of

its statutory objectives, in the area of financial sector

and stock market legislation.

In 2014, BME also collaborated in the publication of a

commemorative book for the Brotherhood of the San

Antonio de los Alemanes Church in Madrid.

BME investment in social initiatives

(thousands of euros)

2012

2013

2014

Financial sponsorship and development of cultural activities

225

200

200

Financial culture and training

950

950

950

Socio-economic development (awards)

40

40

40

BME Social Action: cooperation with the Food Bank in Madrid.

are held throughout the year. These visits also serve

to highlight the importance of the work carried out by

BME as the building is the company’s headquarters.

The other three stock exchange buildings in Barce-

lona, Bilbao and Valencia also offer guided tours that

promote the educational and informative aspects of

the stock markets.

In 2014, the four stock exchanges welcomed approx-

imately 23,054 visits during 864 tours. These visitors,

both from Spain and abroad, were mainly university

students, secondary school students, participants

from training centres, associations, cultural centres,

companies and individuals.