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The ZAL Port provides free space to the Fundació Banc dels Aliments to store food

01/13/2021

La ZAL Port cede espacio gratuito a la Fundació Banc dels Aliments para almacenar alimentos

The two organizations have renewed the collaboration agreement by which CILSA, the managing organization of the ZAL Port, provides to the Fundació Band dels Aliments 1,200 sqm of free storage. Together with another permanent warehouse of 1,200 sqm that the entity also has at the ZAL Port, add up a total of 2,400 sqm.

The ZAL Port, in its Corporate Social Responsibility policy and as a contribution to achieve the end of poverty, one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, has provide to the Fundació Banc dels Aliments a new warehouse of 1,200 sqm in the ZAL Port - BCN free of charge. The warehouse has a useful height of 10.5 metres, 5 loading docks and 1 ramp.

The President of the Fundació Banc dels Aliments, Roser Brutau Basté, and the General Manager of the ZAL Port, Alfonso Martinez García, have renewed the agreement in the form of temporary storage.

The two organizations have been collaborating since 2013, when CILSA, the managing company of the ZAL Port, provided 8,088 sqm to the Fundació Banc dels Aliments free of charge for the logistical management of the famous Christmas campaign, the Gran Recapte. An assignment that was repeated in 2014 with 7,211 sqm, in 2015 with 3,045 sqm, in 2017 and 2018 with 1,904 sqm and that in 2021 is resumed with a warehouse of 1,200 sqm.

Beyond these temporary warehouses, since 2016, the Fundació Banc dels Aliments has had a permanent warehouse of 1,200 sqm thanks to an EU grant. In conclusion, the ZAL Port makes available to this organization a total of 2,400 sqm of logistics warehouses in a reference site.

Since the date of the first agreement, the facilities of the ZAL Port have been used both for the management of the food of the campaign Gran Recapte and for the management of products from different collection points in Catalonia and the funds of the European Union throughout all the year. In 2017, for example, a total of 2,154,000 kg of food were classified in the context of the Gran Recapte. On the other hand, the food from the European Union managed in the different warehouses has been between 1,400,000 kg per year in their beginnings to 4,700,000 kg per year in the last period.

The location of the ZAL Port is excellent for the operations of the Fundació Banc dels Aliments due to its proximity to the city of Barcelona, where the critical mass of the most needy is concentrated, and the access to the platform facilitates the management of volunteers and companies allowing great agility in the entry of trucks.

Despite the high occupancy of the logistics land that has complicated CILSA's commitment to the entity, the ZAL Port has wanted to renew this collaboration to support the fight against hunger in our city. This collaboration is integrated in the strategy of the ZAL Port oriented to the social commitment, to the link with the territory and to the people. The creation of the Fundació Cares, an organization that works for the employment of people with functional diversity through the outsourcing of logistics and production processes is a clear example of this strategy.

CILSA applies a management model that prioritizes services and the environment by promoting work-life balance and sustainability. A social commitment, backed by its more than 100 companies and 8,000 direct workers, that makes the difference.

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