In 2010, Ferrovial adhered to the Code of Good Tax Practices promoted by the Spanish Tax Agency. It followed these recommendations across all its activities worldwide in 2013 through the Compliance Policy and Good Practices in Tax Matters. Finally, in February 2015, the Board of Directors approved the Ferrovial Tax Policy and the Control and Management Policy for Fiscal Risks, thus complying with the provisions of Article 529 ter of the Capital Companies Law. In addition, there are a number of internal procedural rules that are directly or indirectly related to these policies.
The Policy of Compliance and Good Practices in Taxation is part of Ferrovial’s Corporate Governance olicies and reflects the Group’s firm commitment to comply with applicable tax legislation, as well as to develop best practices in this area, and is published on the corporate website, as well as on the Company’s intranet.
This commitment to compliance forms part of the general principles on which the Company’s fiscal management is based and which are included in Ferrovial’s Fiscal Policy, which has followed the guidelines on Corporate Responsibility contained in the Global Reporting Initia- tive (GRI 207) and the information contained therein is verified in the same terms as the rest of the information included in the EINF. These principles are:
These principles are mandatory for all employees of Ferrovial S.A. and Grupo Ferrovial companies who are involved, directly or indi- rectly, in the management of any applicable taxes in all countries in which the entities carry out their business or have a business presence.
Compliance with these guiding principles, which are in line with current international taxation standards (OECD Guidelines), ensures a transparent tax compliance model based on best tax practices, guaranteeing the Group’s correct tax contribution in each of the countries in which it operates.
The commitment to contribute to the economic and social development of the different markets in which Ferrovial operates is materialized in the tax sphere in compliance with all tax obligations generated as a result of its activity, in accordance with the applicable local and international regulations.
In compliance with the provisions of commercial legislation, the Board of Directors deter- mines the risk control and management policy, including tax risks; approves investments or transactions which, due to their high amount or special characteristics, have a special tax risk; and determines the compa- ny’staxstrategy.Undertheseresponsibilities, the Board of Directors, through its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, its executives and, in particular, through the Tax Department, drives adhering to the principles and good practices with regards to taxation.
When formulating the annual accounts, the Board is informed about the fiscal policies applied during the year and about the effective fulfillment of the commitments included in the Code of Good Tax Practices, reflecting it in the Annual Corporate Governance Report. For further information, please refer to section 6.6 of the Consolidated Financial Statements.
During 2020, the tax compliance body was the Chief Tax Officer, who constantly assesses that the management system implemented is adequate to effectively manage the organization’s tax risks and that it is being effectively implemented. This individual reports to the governing body and senior management at planned intervals and whenever necessary.
The Group’s Tax Department is a centralized body, with sufficient financial resources and made up of experienced tax experts, whose main objective is to manage the Group’s tax affairs in accordance with the general principles and guidelines set out in Ferrovial’s tax policies. To this end, it is responsible for laying down the procedures and tax criteria to be followed by the group companies, by issuing and disseminating the internal standards required for their implementation, as well as establishing the appropriate control measures to ensure compliance.
Some of the responsibilities the Tax Department is entrusted with include the following:
Since 2017, Ferrovial has voluntarily filed the Tax Transparency Report annually with the Spanish Tax Administration, thereby strengthening legal certainty, mutual understanding, and building confidence in the company’s relationship with the tax authorities.
Ferrovial has a Tax Risk Management and Control System that is intended to establish a governance framework in tax matters to ensure that the Group’s actions and operations are governed by clear principles, values and rules, aligned with the Group’s Code of Business Ethics and other corporate governance rules, which enable any employee, person or entity that has a relationship with the Group and the Board of Directors to adopt the appropriate decisions to comply with tax legislation, and to reinforce Ferrovial’s commitment to its stakeholders. (i.e. Public administrations, stockholders, stakeholders, employees, etc.) from a tax perspective.
Following the recommendations of the Code of Good Tax Practices, Ferrovial:
This due diligence framework, which is undergoing a process of annual surveillance and control, embodies the company’s firm commitment to observing applicable law and to applying the highest ethical standards when undertaking its business activities. The Compliance and Risk Division is responsible for managing and analyzing how this System works. The independence and effectiveness of this division has been reinforced as it has been provided with new resources and it now reports directly to the Audit and Control Committee.
The programs that form part of Ferrovial’s tax risk management and control system include, among others, the following:
It should also be noted that Ferrovial has at the disposal of its employees, and any other counterparty with a legitimate interest, an Ethics Channel that may be used to report any noncompliance related to the Group’s Tax Risk Management and Control System, as well as to report any illegal act or behavior of a tax nature. The Compliance Division is responsible for managing the operations of the Ethics Channel, in coordination with the appropriate management bodies in each case and, in particular, with the Internal Audit Division.
In February 2021, Ferrovial, S.A. obtained certification from AENOR (Spanish Standards and Certification Association) for its tax compliance management system in accordance with the reference standard UNE 19602 “Management System for tax compliance”.
This certification guarantees the commitment of Ferrovial and its group of companies to ensure regulatory compliance and crime prevention, responding to the regulatory requirements of markets, customers, stockholders and investors and other stakeholders, and position the company with a high ethical standard and commitment to best corporate governance practices.
This certification will be reviewed and audited annually by AENOR for the next three years.
These charts show the amounts (in €m) paid by Ferrovial in 2020 and 2019, respectively. They are aggregate figures based on its percentage of participation or ownership of the assets. Notably, the main assets integrated by equity accounting, 43.23% in the case of 407 ETR (Canada), 25% for Heathrow and 50% for AGS (United Kingdom).
|Market||Corporate Tax||Rest||Collected Taxes²||Total|
|Rest of Europe||15||10||37||62|
|Market||Corporate Tax||Rest||Collected Taxes²||Total(€)|
|Rest of Europe||10||8||36||44|
(1) Taxes borne by Ferrovial derived from its activity and operations, which represent a direct cost (e.g. Corporate Tax, non-deductible VAT, Employment Taxes (Employer), Local Taxes, etc.).
(2) Taxes collected by Ferrovial and paid to public finances on behalf of third parties (e.g. Employment Taxes (Employee), net VAT, Withholding Taxes, etc.).
(3) Includes Australia and the rest of the Pacific Islands.
(4) Includes United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico.