The president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, has urged the Spanish companies to mark the X for social purposes in the Corporation Tax He has also encouraged them to be proactive with sustainable development and "with everything that affects people".

This has been assured in the act 'Solidarity company, eXtraordinary company', organized by the Third Sector Platform (PTS) and the Platform of Social Action NGOs (POAS) within the framework of the campaign that is being carried out so that companies know the new X for social purposes that they will be able to mark on July 1 in their Corporation Tax, totally voluntary way and without any cost.

Garamendi is committed to the Third Sector to move the CEOE companies their commitment and will do so, as he said, at the General Assembly to be held next Thursday, July 4.

The president of the Platform of the Third Sector, Luciano Poyato, recalled that the initiative, which is one year since it was approved, was promoted by the Platform of the Third Sector at a time of general economic difficulty and in particular for state organizations of the Third Sector of Social Action.

Poyato has insisted that the new X of the Corporate Tax puts the Third Sector directly into the business sector and serves to "Strengthen the alliances between both sectors in matters that, being of shared interest, suppose a benefit for the general interest of the society ".

For his part, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, Carlos Hernández Claverie, has assured that the new X for social purposes is a "huge development" for the Third Sector and, ultimately, so that society can move forward.

In this regard, he said that the role of companies is "essential" to achieve this and has applauded that companies leave behind their mere role as providers to become aware that they must participate and contribute to the Third Sector is developed and can execute social programs.

Royal Decree

In relation to this, Hernández Claverie has advanced some of the lines of work to which the first grants will be allocated achieved through this measure as is sustainability, internationalization, research or innovation and improvement of the Third Sector. In addition, he has assured that, precisely, in it they are working from his Ministry to address the regulation that is necessary to be able to translate these purposes into a Royal Decree, which are expected to be ready by the end of the year, so the first grants will take place in the spring of 2020.

The president of the Platform of Social Action NGOs (POAS), Asunción Montero, has been commissioned to present the campaign 'Solidarity company, eXtraordinary company' and has released the materials that have been worked for the same and the promotional video . In his speech, Montero has encouraged the attending companies to become "extraordinary". These include Cepyme, Feacem, CE Consulting Empresarial Carrefour, Nestlé, Santander Bank, Eulen, Cofares, Forética, Ilunion and Fundación PwC, among others.

Business Alliance and Third Sector

During the event, the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the commitment, both business and organized civil society, to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the 2030 Agenda.

In this sense, the director of the Carrefour Solidarity Foundation, María Cid, said that Carrefour has been the first Spanish company to join the campaign to mark the X in its Corporate Tax for social purposes. "Without doubt this measure will improve the Welfare State, of which we are all part," he said.

During the round of interventions, the general director of Forética, Germain Granda, has called for "more and more companies and organizations to join this powerful initiative of collaboration with civil society" and has highlighted the important role and responsibility key that they have at the time of generating a positive social impact in their environment with their actions.

In addition, the general director of the PwC Foundation, Marta Colomina, stressed that The Third Sector, with more than 30,000 active entities and two million people working, is "essential" for the sustainable development of Spain, and within its activities, research "is key" to invest in the future of future generations.

Finally, the director of CSR, Communication and Institutional Relations of Ilunion, Fernando Riaño, has stated that "as a sector we must insist on perseverance to make X Solidarity known" and has shown the support of Ilunion to the extent, within its master plan that is based on an inclusive economy and responsible taxation.

The campaign 'solidarity companies, eXtraordinary companies', aimed at informing and sensitizing companies to mark the box "solidarity company" dedicated to social purposes when taxed by the Corporation Tax, is coordinated by the Social Action NGO Platform together to the Platform of the Third Sector, and has the support of the Platform of Volunteering of Spain, the Network to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion in the Spanish State (EAPN-ES), the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI), the Children's Platform and the NGO Coordinator for Development-Spain.

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