A global social action community
The Iberdrola group's International Corporate Volunteering Program was created to channel our employees' spirit of solidarity and to encourage their participation in social projects aimed at integrating vulnerable groups into society, improving the environment and sustainable development.
2018 INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY
The Iberdrola group brought together more than 1,800 volunteers on its International Volunteer Day. This happened in the 60 initiatives that were undertaken by the company in the main countries where it is active: Spain, the UK, the USA, Mexico and Brazil.
Under the slogan Together we build the world we want!, our solidarity event this year was dedicated to the fight against climate change and the activities focused on caring for the environment, the inclusion of vulnerable groups and raising awareness about diversity.
In Spain, our volunteers helped restore a park in Madrid, clean Monte Ulía in San Sebastián, reforest sand dunes in Gavá, Barcelona province; build a vertical garden in Bilbao and helped maintain Albufera National Park in Valencia.
In the United States, they helped by cleaning weeds and rubbish from the roads in East Rock Park in Connecticut, one of the State's most emblematic natural spaces. They will also clean the river bank and work on preparing the difficult access roads to the sanctuary at Fairfield. In New York, volunteers repaired stretches of the Penfield hiking trails and released sturgeons in Rochester.
In the United Kingdom, they cleaned river banks to regenerate green space alongside the river Carron and created a sensory garden in a centre for young people with severe learning difficulties. In Sussex, volunteer work focused on traditional sustainable methods that allow the use of wood without harming the growth of forests.
In Mexico, meanwhile, volunteers carried out various activities such as collecting up solid waste from the banks of the Moctezuma River (Tamazunchale, San Luis Potosi), freeing up its channel and encouraging its restoration and care. They will also help the rehabilitation and reforestation of La Blanca (Oaxaca) with 230 fruit and forest species, or help to clean and prune trails to prevent pests in the San Lorenzo Canyon in Saltillo.
In Brazil, participants took part in planting trees, plants and vegetables in a plaza in the Campo Grande neighbourhood, which due to population density and growth is running out of green areas. In Ilha de Deus, Recife, they helped breathe new life into the quarries on the edges of the mangrove which serve the community as recreational areas. In Natal, volunteers took part in recovering an environmental protection zone by planting Atlantic Forest in a degraded area ofâ€‹Parque da Cidade.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM FOR CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING
Iberdrola's International Corporate Volunteering Program was founded in 2006 and today, more than a decade later, it is a global project that is aligned with the group's values and Sustainable Management Policy [PDF].
Our employees participate in social projects in the countries in which the group has a presence, creating a global community of volunteers who contributes to improving our environment and the quality of life of the most vulnerable people through national and international initiatives. The program is also aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The program contributes to the attainment of the seventeen SDGs through its focus on supplying affordable and clean energy (Goal 7), climate action (Goal 13), providing quality education (Goal 4), reducing inequalities (Goal 10) and improving health and well-being (Goal 3).
International Program for Corporate Volunteering basic data.
PRIZES AWARDED BY THE IMPACT2030 NETWORK
The Iberdrola's International Corporate Volunteering Program has won the Innovation Award 2018 by the IMPACT2030 network, an initiative with the sole mission of mobilising human capital from companies through corporate volunteer programmes to help make progress in attaining the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, as the judging panel has highlighted, the company has been recognised for being "an enterprise that innovates to educate, inspire and unite employees around the SDGs in their community, and offers them opportunities to become agents of change and make an impact", as well as for "its exceptional commitment to mobilising the volunteers to work towards the SDGs".
Begoña Barberá, the Iberdrola's Social Projects Manager, received the award at United Nations headquarters in New York as part of the recent inaugural IMPACT2030 Summit..
In 2016, the company received a Special Mention on the part of the King of Spain, on the occasion of the celebration of the first decade of its International Program. And in 2015, it was awarded the prize for the most Caring Company (Empresa Solidaria) of the year on the part of International Cooperation.
IBERDROLA STRENGTHENS ITS COMMITMENT TO CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING
Iberdrola has joined the board of Voluntare, the top Spanish-speaking international Corporate Volunteering network.
With this decision, our company is strengthening its commitment to Corporate Volunteering as a means for promoting Social Responsibility. It is doing in by joining this international network, which is found in both Spain and Latin America and which has an infrastructure that facilitates teamwork and joint advancement and encourages the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
A total of 29 volunteers from the five countries the Iberdrola group operates in — the UK, Spain, the US, Mexico and Brazil — have taken part in the latest edition of the Climate Volunteers Program run by Iberdrola and AIESEC, a global non-profit organisation for young people aged 18 to 29.
Young people take part in the Iberdrola and AIESEC Climate Volunteers Program.
The volunteers travelled to Brazil, Costa Rica and Colombia where they worked with local communities to raise awareness about the issue of climate change, focusing on topics like recycling, using public transport and cutting down on plastics.
This initiative is aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13, which focuses on taking action to combat climate change.
An international team of volunteers from Spain, the United Kingdom and United States will travel to Brazil or Mexico during their summer holidays to help a group of teenagers at risk of social exclusion to enhance their chances of social integration and employment through training in new technologies.
By raising funds through various activities, we participate in the formation of integration schools in which subjects such as the Spanish language and adaptation to the environment are taught. The volunteers are involved in the activities carried out as well as in leading different workshops at the schools.
This program is Iberdrola's response to the international community's call to extend universal access to modern forms of energy with environmentally sustainable, economically acceptable and socially inclusive models linked to SDG 7.1. Its aim is to ensure access to electricity in the developing and emerging countries.
In 2018, the company started the second phase of a public-private collaboration project to improve electricity supplies to several refugee camps in Ethiopia. At the same time, we collaborated with another initiative to improve access to water using photovoltaic solar systems in refugee camps in Kenya, Mauritania and Sudan.
* Avangrid,Inc. is 81,50% owned by Iberdrola, S.A.
** Neoenergia, S.A. is 50% + 1 share indirectly owned by Iberdrola, S.A.
- Iberdrola brings together more than 1,800 volunteers on International Volunteer Day
- Iberdrola wins an Innovation Award 2018 from the IMPACT2030 network for its corporate volunteering programme