In the face of an unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, first and foremost, special procedures were introduced, which were aimed at protecting the health of employees and ensuring the continuity of operational activities.
- Places of work have been so adapted that they are safe under the conditions of the pandemic (disinfectants, masks, visors, partitions separating work areas).
- The possibility of performing a screening test for the presence of the coronavirus was introduced for employees (e.g. as part of the “Safe return to work after the holidays” campaign).
- A system for reporting threats connected with the pandemic was developed and implemented.
- As part of our employees' health insurance, webinars with a virologist and psychological consultations were made available.
- E‑learning training on COVID-19 and safety standards at the Budimex Group were implemented.
- A series of webinars and tips on the effectiveness of remote work and online meetings was organised.
- Training and development activities have been transferred to the virtual world, while maintaining their full content and quality
- All types of training: managerial, specialised, technical, negotiating, communication, computer, language and personal effectiveness training was carried out using various generally available applications.
- Meetings related to recruitment processes were transferred to the virtual environment. Such a solution additionally made their planning and organisation (logistic issues related to territorial dispersion, synchronisation of calendars, etc.) more effective.
Budimex also undertook a number of additional actions aimed at helping institutions that fight the consequences of the coronavirus and support the victims of its dissemination.
The companies participating in the project declared that if their economic situation as a result of the pandemic necessitated a reduction in costs, they would only ultimately reduce them in the area of employment. The #niezwalniajmy initiative was awarded in the “Benefactor of the Year" competition in the "Socially involvement in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.” category.
„Grant for volunteering in the fight against COVID-19
Budimex also organised a special edition of the “Grant for volunteering” programme under the slogan: "Grant for volunteering in the fight against COVID-19." Within its framework, employees helped centres and people affected by the pandemic.
Ferrovial Together COVID-19
Ferrovial, the owner of the Budimex Group companies, set up a special fund, “Ferrovial Together COVID-19”, with the aim of raising funds to fight the consequences of the spreading coronavirus.
The initial contribution of the Ferrovial Group was EUR 5 million. The collected funds were used as donations to hospitals, universities, research and development centres and NGOs. The aid also came to Poland – the Polish Red Cross received EUR 195,000. The funds were earmarked for the distribution of meals and hygiene products to 3,000 single elderly people from 53 Polish cities and for the purchase of personal protective equipment and sanitary materials for hospital employees and social assistance centres, as well as for beneficiaries and institutions constantly cooperating with the Polish Red Cross, e.g. accommodation facilities in Szczecin and community centres for children in Lublin, Katowice and Kraków.
Institutions that received aid: Wł. Biegański Specialist Hospital in Łódź, Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw, Pomeranian Centre for Infectious Diseases and Tuberculosis in Gdańsk, Provincial Specialist Hospital in Wrocław, County Hospital in Radomsko, Independent Public Healthcare Complex in Rzeszów, Provincial Podkarpacki Hospital in Krosno, the Centre for Social and Vocational Rehabilitation "Słoneczne Wzgórze" Occupational Activity Centre in Tarnów, Radków Gmina (Lower Silesia Voivodeship), Kamieńsk Gmina (Łódź Voivodeship), Town Hall in Środa Śląska, Town Hall in Przemyśl and the Ermed Foundation in Wrocław.
Budimex Nieruchomości, on the other hand, sent personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, disinfectants, visors and glasses) to the institutions and organisations that provide assistance to elders. They were allocated to nursing homes, hospitals, district councils and parishes in Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Warszawa and Gdańsk.
Mostostal Krakow has supported local communities in the Małopolska province by donating personal protective equipment, disinfectant fluids etc. The help was given to: social welfare homes, communal social welfare centers, voluntary fire brigades, ambulance services, local doctors, an orphanage.