2020 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

The present report. Sustainable development goals

L'informe present - RSC

The Institut Guttmann presented its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report in 2016, corresponding to the financial year 2015. Since then, the organisation has prepared this Corporate Social Responsibility report each year.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Based on the Global Reporting Initiative model (Core version), the report is adapted to the review of indicators established by the GRI, as well as to the SDGs of the United Nations Global Compact, and indicators of the Economy for the Common Good. The working group that produced the document was made up of people from different areas: medical area, communication, human resources, infrastructures and the environment, economics and financial department, quality and management of the foundation. The consultancy firm INGECAL has supervised the most technical and methodological areas of the Institut Guttmann.

The report covers all activities carried out by the Institut Guttmann in 2020 without limitation of scope. The identification of material aspects has always been in accordance with the nature of the activity and the interest groups. The report is based on social (people and commitment to the community), economic and environmental frameworks, complying with the indicators established in the GRI model.

Economy for the Common Good

In Catalonia, the Institut Guttmann was the first organisation in the health sector to join the global movement of the Economy for the Common Good (ECG). It joined formally in 2015 and since then reports its indicators. We even audit ourselves in the Common Good Balance Sheet of the Institut Guttmann with a favourable result that gained one of the highest scores in Spain, more specifically 693 points.

United Nations Global Compact: Agenda 2030

The Institut Guttmann joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2015, and three years later it became a “Signatory Partner” which reaffirms its commitment to the principles and responsible sustainability goals set by the UN.

In this sense, the fundamental goal of the Institut Guttmann is to promote the reduction of social inequalities for people with disabilities with the promotion of “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDG), in particular the SDGs that are directly related to disability and that are most akin to our activity with the goal set out in the 2030 World Agenda.

This report documents the activities carried out in 2020 related to different CSR matters and interrelationships with stakeholders. The document is public and can be found on the Institut Guttmann website. It is also available on the websites of the GRI, the United Nations (Global Compact) and the Generalitat de Catalunya website (Catalan CSR Council).

The Institut Guttmann has identified 6 SDGs in particular, due to their relevance in its activities:

As a Specialised Neurorehabilitation Hospital, the Institut Guttmann is a Spanish and international centre of reference in its specialty. The healthcare activity of the Institut Guttmann is characterised by the achievement of optimal rehabilitation results, compared with other hospitals that share our specialty and always according to international measurement scales.

We also contribute actively, and through our social activity, to the prevention and reduction of traffic accidents, as well as to treating the consequences derived from these accidents to the best of our ability.


The Institut Guttmann has been working intensively for over 53 years towards equal rights and equal opportunities for people with disabilities once they finish their hospital stay. To this end, we work closely with associations for people with disabilities. In fact, the institute’s Social and Participation Council, made up of representatives of our main associations and advisory governing body, helps us to promote and carry out relevant projects to encourage empowerment and personal autonomy.


The Guttmann Barcelona project, especially its apartments to promote independent living, Guttmann Barcelona Life, is an initiative that is directly aimed at achieving this goal: making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. With this initiative, the Fundación Institut Guttmann takes its commitment to people with disabilities one step further, favouring access to a decent and accessible home, and to the development of an independent and autonomous life, which in turn respects people’s own lifestyle and decision-making capacity.


The Institut Guttmann enjoys EMAS and ISO 14001 accreditation, being an example of a health organisation that has incorporated a series of measures to help protect the environment, and that also raises awareness amongst the people it deals with of the importance of contributing to mitigating climate change.


The Fundación Institut Guttmann is a solid, reputable institution that is respected for having spent over 54 years working for people and providing an example of responsibility, transparency and good governance. The institution uses an independent firm to audit its accounts annually, in order to guarantee the correct management of its assets; it operates a policy of information transparency through its Social Report and the Transparency and Good Governance Portal available on the website. Additionally, we are working on the implementation of Legal Compliance in the organisation.

Starting in 2019, we report our activity adding a sixth SDG, number 17, which is directly related to partnerships. The Institut Guttmann works collaboratively and this is reflected in many areas of action of its new Strategic Plan 2020-2025, as will be seen in detail throughout this report with the justification of SDG 17.

The Institut Guttmann directs its care and research activity to improving international cooperation through access to science, technology and innovation to increase the exchange of knowledge. Likewise, it promotes the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of ecologically sound and sustainable technologies, and an increase in the use of instrumental technologies, in particular information and communication technologies in its rehabilitation processes.

The Institut Guttmann has signed strategic alliances with other hospitals, universities, technology companies and international research centres to promote the exchange of knowledge, experience, technology and financial resources.

Finally, it is part of effective alliances in the areas of public-private cooperation and civil society, taking advantage of the experience and strategies for obtaining resources from partnerships.