The founder of Inditex, Amancio Ortega, and those closest to him focus on sustainability in their investments. Proof of this is that the textile group is part of the world’s most important stock market index in this respect Dow Jones Sustainability Indexwhere there are also other Spanish companies such as ACS, Naturgy, Red Eléctrica or Enagás in which Ortega holds shares.
Within Inditex, Amancio Ortega has opted for a shift towards sustainability on several fronts in recent years. For example, through constant research to reduce the amount of water used in the manufacture of garments, or by reducing energy consumption, through eco-efficient stores or the Search for optimization in all its logistics centers. According to some information, all these initiatives have their origins in Marta Ortega, the entrepreneur’s second daughter.
But in addition to Inditex itself, Amancio Ortega and his family invest in various projects related to circular economy, local trade and sustainability through a company dedicated to this purpose, Pontegadea. His sister Josefa, his eldest daughter Sandra and even some of Ortega’s old partners are dedicated to projects that go in this direction.
The most sustainable investments by Amancio Ortega and his circle
One of Amancio Ortega’s most sustainable investments continues to be Inditex itself. In addition to the initiatives already mentioned, the group hopes that In 2025, 80% of energy consumption will come from renewable sources. For this reason, in Arteixo, the company has built a parking lot equipped with solar panels and settled a three-hectare urban forest where various native species will live.
On the other hand, Ortega invests in via Pontegadea forest left, a company managed by the Vice President of Inditex, José Arnau, dedicated to the replanting of chestnut trees of different varieties on an area of around 80 hectares in Sobrado, a municipality in A Coruña. The company, which has a capital of 1.2 million euros, would respond to the interest of the entrepreneur himself to take care of the Galician countryside and its ecosystem.
In addition to Amancio Ortega himself, those around him have repeatedly expressed their interest in sustainability. His eldest daughter Sandra supports projects like Cultigar, a plant biotechnology laboratory; Trebore, a committed company for garden maintenance; and Viveros Borrazás, a project also dedicated to it Horticulture and Botany.
In the case of the entrepreneur’s sister, Josefa Ortega participates in the Kibus Distribución Alimenticia dedicated to the Market and freshness management. In addition, she owns several pine, chestnut and oak forest operations, with which she intends to enter the timber business in the long term when the trees grow and are ready to be felled. In short, many investments have focused on the area of sustainability, aimed at protecting the environment and local consumption in Amancio Ortega’s country.