IFEMA collaborates with the Food Bank and the NGO, “No child without a smile”.

In December, IFEMA launched two corporate volunteerism initiatives focused on stimulating its employees’ solidarity and commitment. One of these was “Operación Kilo”, collecting more than 310 kilos of food later distributed amongst 500 social relief agencies registered with the Autonomous Community of Madrid which tend to a total of 100,000 people every day. The other initiative, Ni Un Niño Sin Sonrisa (“No child without a smile”) gathered more than 500 toys to try to make children at risk of social exclusion smile.

More than 310 kilos of food and 500 toys for social initiatives

IFEMA joins Voluntare

As part of IFEMA’s firm commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, IFEMA has joined the largest network of Spanish-speaking corporate volunteers, Voluntare, dedicated to promoting and professionalising corporate volunteerism. The network already includes more than 70 companies and social entities such as Banco Santander, Endesa and Fundación Repsol. 

Fomenting employee social action through IFEMA’s Corporate Volunteer Plan

Since its creation 38 years ago, IFEMA has always been committed to CSR, heightening this commitment through its Master Corporate Social Responsibility Plan to align its actions with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The key objective of IFEMA’s corporate social responsibility commitments is to foment social action by its employees through the Corporate Volunteer Plan.

IFEMA, award recipient for its accessibility initiatives

The Almería Federation of Associations of People with Disabilities (FAAM) has recognised IFEMA’s commitment to accessibility, awarding it the FAAM de Oro Accesibilidad (Award for Universal Accessibility) on December 1st.

María Sánchez, IFEMA Director of People, CSR and Quality, accepted the award, recognising IFEMA’s responsibility to adapt its facilities and services to facilitate access and participation by people with disabilities in the fairs and events it organizes as well as for its promotion of different social inclusion initiatives in different IFEMA areas of activity.

This award recognises IFEMA’s efforts to foment initiatives promoting social inclusion.

The FAAM Awards have just celebrated their 15th anniversary, and their aim is to recognise the work and efforts by people, institutions and companies that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities.

In this respect, IFEMA is highly committed to constantly improving its facilities to better accessibility and eliminate barriers as well as implement socially responsible actions in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

FAAM Awards

 

IFEMA implements the best Wi-Fi in Spain

WIFI Ifema

IFEMA has taken an ambitious project on board to renovate its entire Wi-Fi infrastructure, which will be activated this October. It is a major project whose total investment stands at €3.4 million, and which represents the best WIFI network ever installed in Spain. Its installation has made it possible to provide IFEMA’s facilities with a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi connection in all commercial areas, which total more than 230,000 square metres.

With this, the institution will be able to offer its trade fair visitors free connection to the network, with the possibility of increasing the range of services to its exhibiting companies who require wireless installations to conduct their business.

The installation, which will connect up all areas of the site for the more than 3.5 million visitors who come annually to Feria de Madrid, has involved some impressive figures: more than 1,100 access points and 2,000 aerials installed, or 90 kilometres of multimode fibre optics and wiring. This is large-scale infrastructure that currently supports more than 64,000 simultaneous connections and up to 100,000 in the future, figures that double the maximum number of concurrent users reached currently at key technology events such as the Mobile World Congress.

The project posed an important organizational and logistical challenge, with an investment of more than 16,000 hours of work over a limited period of time. For this project, CISCO technology has been used with access points for the Aironet 3800 series, which support the most advanced Wi-Fi standard, (802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO). This technology allows each connection rate to reach up to 5.2 Gbps, almost 4 times more than the previous 802.11ac technology.

For the installation of the new WIFI network, IFEMA has allocated a total of €3.4 million, as part of the global investment plan for 2018, which includes a total of €25 million. The project has been developed in parallel with the installation of the high security system for automated control of all accesses to its premises, as well as the new emergency public address system, with an investment of €5 million. In total over the next 5 years, the Strategic Plan for IFEMA foresees an investment of €100 million for improvement and infrastructure equipment, communications, digitization and security.

The new Wi-Fi network currently supports more than 64,000 simultaneous connections and up to 100,000 in the future.

MOMAD Catwalk, a parade for inclusion and equality

MOMAD Catwalk

IFEMA and the MOMAD Metropolis catwalk, together with Madrid’s Down Foundation, have promoted a fashion parade with an inclusive character and equal opportunities for all, with the aim of publicizing the different abilities and skills of people with Down syndrome or other disabilities.

In total a dozen children with and without intellectual disabilities, enjoyed an event where they paraded as models of children’s shoes and clothing, at the sixth edition of MOMAD Metropolis, the International Fashion Salon, and MOMAD Shoes, held September last.

A fashion parade aimed at inclusion and equal opportunities.