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Social responsibility

As one of the most significant players in the Hungarian economy, Budapest Airport is committed to environmentally conscious operation and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Our objective is to share the benefits generated by the operation of the airport with the communities living in its vicinity, and to create a healthy balance between the benefits of operation and other impacts resulting from the proximity of the airport.

As airport operator, Budapest Airport has placed great emphasis on the different forms of CSR for a number of years now, which is shown by a series of voluntary initiatives. During the past years we significantly reduced our energy consumption, implemented several noise protection programs, concluded cooperation agreements with the municipalities of several neighboring settlements and regularly participated in and supported various local community events, tree planting and public cleanliness programs.

BUD CSR strategy

In 2010 Budapest Airport decided to review its diverse but not sufficiently systematized CSR activities, and established a strategic framework for its sustainability efforts taking into account economic, environmental and social impacts. That is when the company joined the “Committed to CSR Excellence” program, built on the organizational excellence model of the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management). As a participant of the program, we used a method of self-assessment to evaluate and develop our CSR practices, and implemented three successful CSR projects.

Buoyed by the success of the EFQM self-assessment, we decided to go a step further, and in the summer of 2011, the company began to draft its 2012 CSR strategy. A working group was established with the participation of the affected organizational units, that is, environment, health and safety (EHS), human resources, corporate communications, marketing, retail and the legal department, which defined, in view of the results of the self-assessment, the objectives to be achieved and the relevant tasks to be performed in the course of the year. One of the objectives of the working group is to strengthen cooperation between the various departments, since most tasks require the involvement of more than one organizational unit. The diagrams below illustrate the focus areas and the major objectives of the BUD CSR strategy.

Carbon accreditation

In 2010 Budapest Airport initiated a more complex and more detailed survey of its greenhouse gas emissions than what is required by law. As a result, at the end of 2010 the company acquired international carbon accreditation from the European arm of the umbrella organization for international airports, ACI Europe (Airports Council International Europe), which certifies that Budapest Airport performed a detailed survey of its greenhouse gas emissions, and committed to reduce them. The so-called airport carbon accreditation is an international certification system worked out specifically for airports, established in order to achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the sector. Its objective is that airports should recognize their own responsibility and work together in the global fight against climate change.