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
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.
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.