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Ercros reduces its emissions rate and improves the quality of its products

Barcelona, August 5, 2015. - In 2014 Ercros reduced its emissions rate by 2.7% over the previous year and 14.8% over the average of the past five years. This index measures the substances emitted to air and water and generated waste. Between 2013 and 2014, direct emissions of greenhouse gases were reduced by 7%.

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Over the past year 99.9% of supplies produced by Ercros were satisfactory. The quality index improved by 5.5% over the previous year and stood at 0,106. This index reflects the volume of nonconforming products issued in connection with its own and third products sold by the company.

However 2014 was a bad year in terms of work accidents and the downward trend of recent years was broken. The overall frequency rate of accidents (which measures the number of accidents -with and without medical leave- between in-house and external staff for each million hours worked) stood at 4.8, representing an increase of 67.4% from the results obtained in 2013. The company alerted by these data launched corrective measures and conducted awarenessactions among the staff with a satisfactory result so far. This is to maintain the sustained reduction of occupational accidents.

All these data, together with the main actions regarding social responsibility carried out by the company in 2013 and 2014 are set out in the corporate social responsibilityreport (CSR) in which Ercros has obtained the label of Excellence Responsible Company awarded by the auditing company Bureau Veritas(click to download the report).

In the past year the compliance degree of the six codes of management practices set by the Responsible Care program was 99.7%. The program Responsible Care, to which the company is adhered voluntarily since 1994, aims to ensure that companies in the development of its business,achieve continuous improvement regarding safety and health protection, environment, product stewardship, communication and transparency.

In the field of the sustainability, fits to stand out that, in 2014, the facility of Almussafes surpassed the audit for its registration in the European register EMAS (Echo-Management and Audit Scheme), process that the facility of Cardona culminated in 2013. Along the biennium, Ercros, as an organization, obtained the certification ISO 14064, with is used to calculate the carbon footprint. Finally the factories of Vila-seca I, Vila-seca II, Sabiñánigo and Tarragona were accredited with the ISO 50001 standard, of energetic management.

In 2014, the company improved its punctuation in the questionnaire CDP, on information on the CO2 emissions and reached a punctuation of 82 out of 100, eight points higher than in 2013 and six points above the average of its sector. In the rating CSR of Ecovadis, whose aim is to improve the environmental and social practices of the companies by means of the availing of the influence of the chains of global supply, Ercros obtained a qualification Gold, with 62 points out of 100, that situates the company in the 5% of companies with better result among all the submitted. In the corporate government field, the degree of fulfillment of the Good Governance Code recommendations that affect the company was 98% in 2014, three percentage pointshigher than in 2013.

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