SOCIAL PROJECTS AND AWARENESS
We allocate more than €1 million to our Social Program 2020
More than 30 projects were selected in the eighth edition of Iberdrola's Social Program, addressed to the most vulnerable groups with the aim of forging partnerships with non-profit entities in order to help achieve specific objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 2020 Social Program chose 33 projects [PDF] to be developed in collaboration with 47 social organisations from a total of 12 autonomous communities. To this end, it will allocate one and a half million euros benefiting more than 85,000 people.
Each project —all of which are aimed at groups at risk of exclusion, with particular emphasis on children, people with disabilities, and severely ill patients— received up to 40,000 euros in funding (without exceeding 50% of the total budget).
Almost half of that (42%) is aimed at preventing situations of poverty and exclusion, prioritising the fight against child poverty, a third (33%) deals with improving the quality of life of those suffering from serious illness, while the remaining 24% is earmarked for the inclusive education of people with disabilities.
This program will also lead to the creation of 280 new jobs and will promote the participation of 700 volunteers.
COMMITTED TO THE UN' SDGs
This initiative responds to Iberdrola group's commitment to society and is aligned with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030, integrated into the company's business strategy. Specifically, Iberdrola's Social Program focuses its efforts on meeting goals number 1 (no poverty), number 3 (good health and well-being), number 4 (quality education), number 5 (gender equality) and number 10 (reduced inequalities).
Iberdrola, through its Social Program, has already allocated over 9 million euros to social initiatives in Spain that have benefited a total of 335,000 people. Since this plan was launched in 2010, we have promoted over 350 projects that have contributed to social inclusion, especially that of children, young people and women in vulnerable situations. These acts have also allowed the creation of 1,000 job positions and the participation of 2,250 volunteers.
3rd IBERDROLA INTERNATIONAL ENERGY COOPERATION AWARDS
For a further year — bringing the total to three — Iberdrola and the Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad (Sustainable Excellence Club) have once again presented the Iberdrola International Energy Cooperation Awards, which are aligned with Goal 7.1 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they reward projects aimed at guaranteeing universal access to affordable, clean and modern energy.
The winners were:
- Ferrovial — category Private Sector: Large Company and SME category —, for their Water/Energy Project that consists of the renovation and extension of an aqueduct and the installation of a solar photovoltaic pumping system with the aim of restoring peace in El Salado (Colombia).
- Canaries Technological Institute — Public Sector: Administration and Public Enterprises category — for the Clima-RISK project (Adaptation to climate change, risk prevention and management), a technical and institutional cooperation initiative between the Canary Islands and Mauritania, Senegal and Cape Verde to strengthen logistical capabilities and risk management to cope with environmental disasters in those African Countries.
- Obra Social 'la Caixa' — Third Sector: charitable organisations and NGOs category — for their program Work4Progress, which supports transportation micro-companies with electric-powered tricycles, or rickshaws, managed and driven by women.
The EKI Foundation received special mention in this category for its program supplying, financing — over 20 years, interest free — and installing solar photovoltaic systems for schools and health centres in Sub-Saharan Africa.
IBERDROLA SOLIDARITY AWARDS 2019
On 28 November 2019, Iberdrola held its Solidarity Conference at which the group's chairman, Ignacio Galán, and the president of the Iberdrola Foundation, Fernando García, presented the third Iberdrola Solidarity Awards in recognition of the work carried out by some of the associations that work with the company. The conference brought together 18 social organisations in a discussion on The risk of social exclusion in the face of a slowing economy.
The awards went to the following institutions:
- Fight against poverty and social exclusion: llunday Haritz Berri.
- Reduction of inequality and inclusive education: Fundación Down Madrid.
- Health and Well-Being: Fundación Caballo Amigo.
MAIN PROJECTS AND INITATIVES
Iberdrola group is firmly committed to the fight against this disease and works with different organizations for the dissemination of information and awareness campaigns, with the ultimate goal of increasing the aid needed to continue research against cancer.
In Spain, Iberdrola joined up with the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) for the 5th successive year to organise the 8th Valladolid Walk Against Cancer, which once again broke the national attendance record, with 56,479 participants.
8th Valladolid Walk Against Cancer.
The company, which is the event's main sponsor, took the opportunity to remind people about its campaign Together Against Cancer, which for the last three years has offered its customers the chance to contribute with the AECC directly via their electricity and gas bills. The company has committed to contributing the same as the customer chooses.
After the walk there was a release of balloons made from totally biodegradable material.
This action is part of the collaboration agreement with the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), which Iberdrola has renewed until 2021 and which is mainly aimed at research for a better diagnosis and treatment of cancer, in addition to carrying out other activities to raise awareness, such as the races against cancer.
In Brazil, Neoenergia has been celebrating what is known as Pink October since the 1990s, a month in which the Brazilian subsidiary's people, institutions, NGOs, companies and monuments a pink to promote the campaign to prevent and raise awareness of early diagnosis of breast cancer.
In the UK, ScottishPower collaborates with Cancer Research UK to raise funds for the cure of any form of cancer. This collaboration has raised £20 million through a wide range of initiatives and events including the sponsorship of A race for life and Stand Up To Cancer, the Help Beat Cancer rates and contributions from many employees and suppliers.
Also within this agreement, Iberdrola has launched Together against Cancer, a pioneering charity initiative in Spain in which the electricity company invites customers to make a monthly contribution to the AECC through their electricity or gas bills. Iberdrola promises to match its customers' chosen contribution, which may be 25 cents, 50 cents or €1 a month. This campaign is aimed at clients of Iberdrola Spain with are in the free market, around 7.5 million.
Together against cancer, making our commitment stronger. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
In its first year in operation, the company managed to get around 78,000 customers to join the initiative.
To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Wear It Pink Day on 19 October, Iberdrola group is showing its commitment to this cancer awareness and prevention initiative with several actions.
Athletes from the 16 federations supported by Iberdrola raise awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer.
Sportswomen belonging to the 16 federations that the company supports are the stars of a video to raise awareness of the importance of having regular checks to enable early detection of breast cancer. Under the slogan 'Standing up with you', 100 Iberdrola employees wore pink t-shirts when they gathered in the company's offices in Madrid in order to express their support of #GenteIberdrola (#Iberdrolapeople) for the fight against this disease, which is the most common cancer in Western women according to the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).
Iberdrola employees wear pink in support of #GenteIberdrola for the fight against breast cancer.
The group's logos also went pink as did the Iberdrola Tower in Bilbao, which was lit up in this colour.
The Iberdrola Tower in Bilbao was lit in pink to highlight the group's commitment to the fight against breast cancer.
Iberdrola has collaborated on the Don't look the other way campaign that the Ministry of the Interior has launched for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to raise awareness amongst citizens of the need to combat and prevent this social problem.
The campaign was presented by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, alongside the Iberdrola Compliance Manager Dolores Herrera. "We all have to make this campaign's slogan, Don't look the other way, our own, and cease to be witnesses to become active participants, in this case, of awareness raising, to try to end this severe social problem," Herrera stated.
The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, presented the campaign alongside the Iberdrola Compliance Manager Dolores Herrera (in the centre).
The Don't look the other way campaign is a pioneering virtual reality initiative being promoted by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Presidency through the Delegation against Gender Violence, made up of three videos recorded with 360º technology in which different kinds of abuses against women are shown and the viewer is made an active witness of the events. Iberdrola's Digital and Social Media Division helped to create the video.
The campaign is comprised of three videos in which the viewer's perspective is that of the victim, youth and witnesses. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Iberdrola promotes equality in all areas, as well as the protection and empowerment of women, as it considers this question to be one of the Sustainable Development Goals with the highest priority to achieve a better society for all.
The company is part of the Companies for a society free of gender violence initiative, launched by the Government Gender Violence Delegation in 2012 with the goal of taking advantage of the potential of business as an agent of social awareness.
Likewise, Iberdrola includes, in its Equal Opportunity and Reconciliation Policy, a section dedicated to the fight against gender violence through the establishment of specific programs that include protection, support and information measures, to accompany and protect the victims.
Iberdrola celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science in cooperation with the University of Salamanca (USAL) on 11 February. For the third consecutive year, in 2020 the company collaborates again with the university to put together an extensive, varied program of activities consisting of educational talks, exhibitions, visits to research centres, scientific meetings and presentations.
The activities, which will continue until 28 February, are suitable for all audiences and will be hosted by USAL's research centres and other institutions interested on underlining women's role throughout history and their contributions to the fields of science and research.
Presentation of the program of activities planned for International Day of Women and Girls in Science at the USAL.
Among these initiatives is an exhibition entitled Women Who Changed History, where artist Pilar Vega Pérez puts a face and name to many of the women who, throughout the centuries, have transformed our world in areas including politics, writing, music, sport, film, literature and science.
Quick Meetings with Researchers is a discussion format whereby attendees can move around different tables to talk to researchers about their work and get answers to questions. The Grial research group and the Audiovisual Contents Observatory have also organised a Breakfast with Scientists, where high-school students will meet several researchers from the University of Salamanca. The first Women in Science: Presentation and Analysis of Projects Seminar will present a selection of national projects to encourage girls to take up a career in science.
Children will also be able to take part in activities like the visit-workshop One Letter, One Story, to play a game that will teach them about the important jobs that women have held over the years, and the No-school Days urban camp, where children will learn about a selection of important women from the world of science.
In addition, Iberdrola has collaborated once again with the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) in the realization of a video that highlights the lack of female references in science.
'We are capable', video in collaboration with the UPV/EHU.
Iberdrola remains firmly committed to its employees and teams as the keys to its success and does its utmost to create an atmosphere that encourages relationships based on equal opportunities between women and men without discrimination. The company has an Equal Opportunities and Work Life Balance Policy and carries out numerous initiatives to encourage a balance between work and the family, to encourage more women to enter the energy sector and boost their all-round development.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Iberdrola Social Program 2018 has selected a project operated by Fundación Down Madrid to improve workplace inclusion for young people with intellectual disabilities and Down syndrome. Iberdrola's foundation in Spain has managed to support 300 youngsters since 2014, all of whom have received training at Down Madrid's occupational centre in Tres Olivos in the northern part of the city.
The Chairman of Fundación Iberdrola España, Fernando García, and the Manager of Fundación Iberdrola España, Ramón Castresana, visited the facilities with the Chairman of Fundación Down Madrid, Inés Álvarez, and centre manager, José Manuel Araque. They got a first-hand look at the daily training received by around 60 young people (aged 22 to 35 years) with intellectual disabilities and at risk of social exclusion.
Around 60 young people with Down Syndrome receive training to join the job market. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Using social entrepreneurship methodology, the organisation nurtures participants' personal development and provides opportunities for social-labour inclusion. After receiving these courses, youngsters are able to add to their officially recognised training and become better prepared for the job market.
Iberdrola has been running the "Lights and Action" educational project since 2012, in collaboration with the Fundación Tomillo, which helps Madrid's young students to increase their labour insertion and employability possibilities by providing them with additional training to that received in the Basic Professional Training (FPB) courses on Electricity, Business Administration and Computer Science.
In addition, students will improve their English skills, something vital when paving the future for these students to secure a job. With this project, the company is strengthening its commitment to Sustainable Development Goals No. 4 (Quality education), No. 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and No. 10 (Reduced inequalities).
Ignacio Galán with the students of the "Lights and Action" project.
Through Iberdrola's Corporate Volunteering Program, different employees of the distribution, generation and supply, HR, and occupational health and safety areas participated as volunteers in training the students on Electricity Generation and Distribution, Energy Efficiency, Communication and Relations with Customers, Labour Insertion, and Occupational Health and Safety.
Iberdrola also collaborates with Fundación Tomillo in another educational project. Los Olivos (local community in Madrid), aimed at helping children with a variety of difficulties to improve their classroom performance, develop their potential and successfully complete their studies.
Fundación Tomillo pupil. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]