In its 2014-2018 Business Plan, Gmp set the target of promoting the sustainability of office buildings to a maximum, with sustainability understood in a broad sense, encompassing respect for the environment, the economic viability of the properties and comfort for the people using them. The target took material shape in obtaining the LEED certification for the office buildings. Granted by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED certification is the one with the greatest international prestige in evaluating the sustainable behaviour of buildings.
Six buildings and a business park in Gmp’s portfolio - Génova 27, Iberia Mart I and II, Luchana 23, Hermosilla 3, Condesa de Venadito 1 and Parque Norte – have all achieved the Gold LEED certification in the Existing Building category.
The Eloy Gonzalo 10 building has been awarded Gold LEED certification in the Core & Shell category.
Castellana 81 and oxxeo have obtained the Platinum Core & Shell LEED certification, the highest distinction possible granted by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
Castellana 77 has the Platinum LEED certification in the Core & Shell category and the oxxeo building, the new development, has the Platinum LEED pre-certification.
Gmp’s headquarters, located at Luchana 23, has been awarded Platinum LEED certification for Commercial Interiors.
Castellana Norte has also initiated the LEED certification process.
In addition, in Gmp’s commitment to achieving the highest levels of comfort for the users of its buildings, the Company has started the DIGA (Distinction Indicating the Degree of Accessibility) and WELL Building Standard certifications for its Castellana 81, Castellana 77 and oxxeo buildings.
The first of the two certifications is granted by the Shangri-La Foundation and guarantees total accessibility to the buildings. Castellana 81 and Castellana 77 obtained the highest five-star DIGA degree and became the first office buildings in Spain to boast the highest degree of accessibility.
In relation to the WELL certification, Gmp was the pioneer in Spain in implementing it. Castellana 81 obtained the Gold WELL certification in the Core & Shell category, becoming the first WELL office building in Spain and the fifth Gold WELL Core & Shell building in Europe. This innovative system certifies that the design, construction and operations of the building address and have a positive influence on the health and well-being of people. It evaluates in situ the impacts of the building regarding seven concepts: air, water, light, fitness, comfort, nourishment and mind.
In 2009, Gmp was the first real estate company in Spain to be awarded AENOR triple certification for its Integrated Management System for Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety in the Workplace Management in the activities of investment, divestment, renting, maintenance and fitting-out and preservation management of office real estate assets compliant with standards: UNE-EN-ISO 9001:2015 “Quality Management Systems”, UNE-EN-ISO 14001:2015 “Environmental Management Systems” and OHSAS 18001:2007 “Health and Safety in the Workplace Management Systems”.
In February 2018, Gmp has renewed these certifications up to 2021 and is still the only Spanish property company to hold this triple certification.
The Integrated Management System demonstrates Gmp’s commitment to ongoing improvement as a strategic value and management model of the Company, undertaking to provide the human resources and materials needed, as well as to:
Innovation as a strategic value that aims to anticipate market trends has been part of Gmp’s DNA from its inception.
With a view to providing a direct and accessible innovation vehicle, the Company launched Gmp INnova in 2011.
This tool aims to foster innovation at all professional levels, promoting ideas that when put into practice lead to improvements to products, services, processes or business approaches. Gmp INnova maintains a good communication flow with employees who are invited to create and propose results-led innovation projects. It sets up an action framework so that each innovator can provide proof of the improvements gained by applying a specific initiative.
Gmp INnova has received 218 projects since the launch of the programme, out of which 47% have been approved and 64% implemented. All have given rise to quantifiable advances but it is worth highlighting those initiatives aimed at achieving greater energy efficiency at Gmp-owned buildings, as well as those aimed at delivering added value services to clients.
Human capital is one of the main competitive advantages of organisations in creating added value in a global market. Gmp is fully aware of the importance of attracting and retaining the best professionals and ensuring employees are motivated and committed. Ongoing improvements are only possible when everyone at the company is engaged; employees need to feel and understand that the way they act shapes the company reality and can change it too.
The human resources department focuses its efforts on optimising the management of internal information and communication; clearly defining the function, responsibilities and objectives of personnel, fostering professional development of employees and ensuring a work/life balance.
Human resources management is based strictly on professional criteria, guaranteeing equal opportunities and non-discrimination. In this respect, Gmp holds an agreement with the PRODIS Foundation, whereby it drives social and labour integration of young people with intellectual disabilities and helps develop their social and work skills.
Gmp’s paramount aim is to deliver quality in all the services it provides, maintaining a firm and ongoing commitment to the wellbeing and development of personnel and society in general. In pursuit of this goal, it is essential to engage with the principles of business ethics and transparency in all areas of our activity.
Everyone who works at Gmp is required to comply with the principles and values set down in the group’s Code of Conduct, which serves as a guide for actions on issues of a social, proprietary or ethical nature that are of key importance for the Company both internally and in its interaction with society.
One of the main objectives of the Gmp Foundation is to develop actions focused on direct support, through economic or in-kind donations to institutions that need resources to improve the lives of people with cognitive disabilities and/or acquired brain injury (ABI) in Spain.
In pursuit of this goal, the Gmp Foundation defines and implements strategies and action plans for human and social promotion, which help provide better opportunities and openings for these groups, paying special attention to children.