Responsibility and commitment are two essential elements which characterize the Pere Tarrés Foundation’s identity and modus operandi. The entity aims to act in coherence with its principles to establish codes, criteria, policies and practical guidelines, for both the internal operations of the Foundation as well as for its external activity.
The purpose of the ethical code is to define a few precise, essential guidelines to clarify who we are and how we engage with society, our users and service recipients, and our collaborators. They are, therefore, the guidelines that allow us to identify ourselves with both goals and actions, as well as with a way of proceeding and relating to our environment.
The Pere Tarrés Foundation works so that children in vulnerable situations learn and grow through educational and leisure activities and have a future with the same opportunities as all other children. “Help them grow up” encompasses all Pere Tarrés Foundation projects aimed at reducing social inequality, allowing thousands of children at risk of social exclusion to participate in educational and leisure activities all year round, at open day centres, on school field trips or at summer camps and clubs.
Our ethical code impels us to avoid financial and contractual relationships with activities which go against the human rights recognized by international treaties or in the mission and values of the Foundation. We must also make sure to establish relationships with suppliers who work with values similar to those which govern our activity. Thus, our hiring and purchasing policy is governed by criteria such as objectivity, quality and independence.
The practical guidelines derived from these criteria include, for example, to appreciate the social value provided by suppliers, to try to choose services and products from social entities (job placement companies, cooperatives, etc.), and to prioritize the purchase and internal use of products which are environmentally-friendly, sustainable, fair-trade and, overall, have social and cultural value.
We have launched our second Equality and Family Conciliation Plan, which aims to improve the work-life balance, prevent all kinds of sexist attitudes, raise awareness on gender issues, reduce absenteeism, normalize the use of non-sexist language and promote diversity. The overall goal is to create a coherent professional project that respects all workers’ rights.
In 2018, the entire Pere Tarrés Foundation was recertified in the ISO 9001:2015 management system. The certifying company was TÜV Rheinland. In addition to the ISO system, the Faculty of Social Work and Social Education has been SGIQ-certified by AQU Catalunya.
Moreover, the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés has been given the seal of environmental quality recognized by the Catalan Government, has the “Q” for quality awarded by the International Youth Hostel Federation and Hostelling International, and is accredited with the AMED emblem, which guarantees the quality of a healthy meal following the principles of the Mediterranean diet.
The Pere Tarrés Foundation is in the process of implementing a system of environmental management that will prevent pollution, reduce our environmental footprint and encourage sustainability.
To achieve this, the following areas are being developed:
The system of environmental management which is in process of implementation at the Foundation adheres to the requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 regulation. In 2019, the educational centre on Carrer Carolines and the Headquarters on Carrer Numància will be certified and progressively the certification will be extended.