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With regard to CSR, the company‘s actions are based on Cosentino Group’s values: commitment to the health and safety of its employees, to the environment, to society, and to equality and diversity among employees and collaborators.

WITH THE EDUCATION

Collaborations

Cosentino has firm ties with universities, colleges of architects, designers and interior designers, foundations and centres dedicated to innovation and development. An example of this is its collaboration with a number of design and architecture schools and universities around the world in relation to its international Cosentino Design Challenge competition – I+D+Art of Madrid, the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB), the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM), Almería’s School of Arts, the School of Architecture of Seville (ETSAS), the School of Architecture of the University of Navarre (ETSAUN), the School of Architecture of Zaragoza (EINA), the Número Diez Art School of Madrid, the School of Art and Design of Alicante (EASDA), the School of Architecture of Valencia (ETSAV) (Spain), the European Institute of Design (IED) (Italy), Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) (Holland), ESAM Design (France), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) (USA), and the University of Technology (UTS), Sydney (Australia).

Furthermore, all the innovations carried out by the company’s R&D department are the result of the dedication of the department’s staff and collaboration with public research centres and universities, technology centres and laboratories (many of them in Andalusia). Some of the organisations we work with are: theMediterranean Foundation Enterprise-University of Almería (FOUEMA), the Empresa-Universidad Foundation of Granada, the Universities of Málaga, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza, the specialised centres affiliated to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Andalusia Stone Technology Centre (CTAP), and the Marble Technological Centre (CTM)..

Training Professionals

Training is one of Cosentino’s core pillars for growth. A result of this, the Cosentino Training Workshop was created in 2008, thanks to the collaboration of the Regional Department of Education and the Businessmen’s Marble Association (AEM). Since then, the ‘Electromechanical Installation and Maintenance of Machinery and Production Lines’ series of training courseshas been offered, with the aim of creating professionals and putting them in touch with the way production systems work today.

In 2012, and as a result of this initiative, a new agreement was signed with the Regional Department of Education to teach – at Cosentino’s facilities – a series of advanced training courses on ‘Automation and Robotics’, the first of its kind in Spain.

Visits to Schools and Universities

As part of Cosentino’s commitment to the young, the company offers guided tours of its headquarters to schools, colleges and universities in Almería as well as from other parts of Andalusia. This initiative was created to show students and future professionals the day-to-day running of a multinational company, teaching them about its operation, how it is organised, and what its characteristics are.

FAEEM

Cosentino is the corporate patron of the Excellence in Business Foundation of Almeria (FAEEM)

Founded in 2007 by the Chamber of Commerce’s Committee for Excellence in Business, its chairperson is Pilar Martínez-Cosentino. This Committee also has representatives from the Chamber of Commerce itself, from the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Almería, the CAJAMAR Foundation, and the Business Confederation of the Region of Almería (ASEMPAL).

The FAEM was created with the mission of carrying out and promoting training activities aimed at entrepreneurs and managers, helping to develop the business fabric of Almería, and strengthening the competitive differences in the province’s various economic sectors. In addition, its aim is to be the benchmark in Almeria for senior management training, upholding the motto of excellence for all levels of the company and for every company.

From the outset, the FAEEM has developed activities focusing on the realisation of long programmes such as Master’s Degrees and Management Development Programmes, short seminars, and conferences on business excellence.

HELPING THOSE MOST IN NEED

Cosentino con Aldeas Infantiles


Cosentino directly contributes to improve the quality of life and living conditions of the more than 3,300 children and young people that the organisation accommodates in 8 villages across Spain. With this in mind, Cosentino has created two new colours for Silestone: Love2You. Part of the sales profit obtained from these colours goes to the charity.

This initiative has the support and backing of the renowned Basque chef Karlos Arguiñano, who used both colours on his previous cooking programmes shown on Spanish TV channel Telecinco.

Artediscap (Art for the disabled)


This Special Employment Centre was created with a dual purpose. The first is to demonstrate to the business world that via these centres the stone sector can and should be just as productive in terms of employment and as financially profitable as any other company. The second is to provide paid jobs to people with disabilities, and for them to be valued positively by those around them.

Artediscap workers are truly specialised artisans and excel at creating engraved items and mosaics. All their work is covered by the trademark Novaformas.

ANDA


Cosentino, via the Eduarda Justo Foundation, collaborates with the ANDA association that works with and for children with disabilities in Almería.

The Eduarda Justo Foundation contributes financially to fund all of the projects that the association undertakes, an example of which is the creation of its annual calendar. This initiative is the main activity carried out by ANDA and is done in order to make money from their sale.

CULTURE

Of the many collaborations carried out, here is a sample and short list of some of them:
  • Annual collaboration, since 2000, in the organisation of the international Fines ‘School of Marble’ sculpture symposium.
  • Sponsorship of the Ciudad de Vera international sculpture symposium for the 2005 Mediterranean Games.
  • Sponsorship of the ‘Silestone in Sculpture’ exhibition, based on the work of three artists from Almeria whose sculptures were exhibited at the Museum of Almería for a month.
  • Sponsorship of novels by four writers from Almeria, in the summers of 2007 and 2008. These novellas were distributed with the newspaper ‘La Voz de Almería’.
  • Sponsorship of the book ‘Las Caras de la Piedra’ (‘Stone and Its Faces’) by photographer Carlos de Paz, with over 200 photos and writings about marble quarries, landscapes, and the people whose livelihoods depend on this product.
  • Sponsorship of the book ‘IKONOS’, photo sculptures on marble and Silestone, created by Ricardo Santonja, with foreword and cover by Alberto Corazón (Winner of the National Prize for Design).
  • Sponsorship of the book ‘Historias del fútbol en Almería’ (‘The History of Football in Almería’) by the journalist Ángel Acién.
  • Sponsorship of the exhibition of work by the painter Juan José Romero at the Museum of Almería, in 2007.
  • Sponsorship of the book ‘Historias del Mármol’ (‘Marble and Its Stories’), in 2005.
  • Sponsorship of the novel ‘Dos días del 37′ (‘Two Days in ’37’) by Gregorio Navarro, in 2007.
  • Sponsorship of the Albox National Theatre Festival since 1998.
  • Sponsorship of the Contemporary Art Biennale ‘ALBIAC’, held in Rodalquilar in 2006.
  • Collaboration with a number of regional Secondary Schools in towns such as Albox, Cantoria, Olula del Río and Huércal Overa.
  • Collaboration to create a Geographic Atlas in Almería in 2010.

SPORTS

Cosentino is committed to sport and, whenever possible, aims to be present at every event or initiative that is held in this field. Over the years it has sponsored:
  • The ‘Vicente Bonil’ International Chess Tournament in Albox, since 1999.
  • The Albox Tennis Open (held in the summer), since 1998.
  • The ‘Mármol Macael’ team from the mid-90s to 2004.
  • ‘Goya’, the 1st division female handball team from 1999 to 2007.
  • The Spanish Championship for the mentally disabled held in Macael in 2006.
  • The ‘Union Deportiva Almería’, in both the 1st and 2nd football divisions.
  • The Ordizia rugby team in Guipúzcoa.
  • Several teams of football 7 in Zaragoza.
  • The Almeria Swimming Club.
  • A number of cycling clubs: The Club Deportivo Albojense (Albox), Club Deportivo El Pedal de Mármol (Macael), and the Club Deportivo de Ciclismo El Valle (Serón).
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