SOCIAL PROJECTS AND AWARENESS
We allocate €1.5 million to our Social Program 2019
The selected projects, led by non-profit social entities, will help people overcome poverty, promote social insertion and help improve quality of life.
Ignacio Galán at the presentation of the Social Program 2019.
Iberdrola has finalised the 2019 Social Program, which seeks to contribute to social development and improved quality of life for the most vulnerable people in Spain.
Throughout 2019, the company will work closely with 54 social entities, benefiting over 80,000 people through an investment of €1.5 million. The selected projects focus their efforts on social inclusion, with special attention to children, disabled people and people with serious illnesses.
In addition, these initiatives will encourage volunteering and contribute towards creating direct jobs. In this edition alone, the program will involve 200 direct jobs and 250 volunteers.
The call is open to private non-profit institutions based in Spain with public utility status pursuing aims that are in the public interest and carrying out their activities in Spain. The requesting social entities were able to submit their proposals until 18 June 2018 and it was an indispensable requirement that they demonstrate their experience in social projects and for their accounts from the most recent years to have been audited.
COMMITTED TO THE UN' SDGs
This initiative is characteristic of the company'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 1 (no poverty), 3 (good health and well-being), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnerships for the goals).
Iberdrola, through its Social Program, has already allocated over 8 million euros to social initiatives in Spain that have benefited a total of 270,000 people. Since this plan was launched in 2010, we have promoted over 300 projects that have contributed to social inclusion, especially that of children, young people and women in vulnerable situations.
MAIN PROJECTS AND INITATIVES
On the occasion of Breast Cancer Awareness Wear It Pink Day, which is celebrated on 19 October, the Iberdrola group makes its commitment to this awareness and prevention initiative visible through various actions.
The sportswomen from the 16 federations the company supports have starred in a video in which they stress the importance of carrying out the periodic checks that make early detection of breast cancer possible. In addition, 100 Iberdrola employees wore a pink t-shirt when they gathered in our Madrid offices to express the support of #IberdrolaPeople for the fight against this disease, which according to the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), is the most common tumour in Western women.
The group logos have also gone pink as has the Iberdrola Tower in Bilbao, which has been illuminated in this colour.
For its part, the Neoenergia group, Iberdrola's subholding in Brazil, has illuminated the Cosern headquarters façade in pink. The distributor will prioritise mammograms among employees over 45 years old, as part of its Internal Occupational Accidents Prevention Week, which will take place from 22 to 26 October.
The sportswomen from the 16 federations that Iberdrola supports stress the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
The Iberdrola employees wore a pink t-shirt to express the support of #IberdrolaPeople in the fight against breast cancer.
TOGETHER AGAINST CANCER
The Iberdrola's Chairman, Ignacio Galán, and the Chairman of the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC), Ignacio Muñoz Pidal, have renewed the collaboration agreement signed in 2015 for their two institutions to work together on disseminating information and organising awareness campaigns. The key goal is to increase the amount of needed money and work that goes towards cancer research.
Together against cancer, making our commitment stronger.
Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
As part of the 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 7.3 million euros.
After the first year, the company has gotten roughly 45,000 customers to join the initiative. Bearing in mind that the company matches each customer's donation, this means nearly €200,000 will go entirely to cancer research.
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]
Under the slogan Never allow violence against women to happen. Stop gender violence!, the company participated in the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, held every year on the 25th of November, to help raise awareness and increase the involvement of society. Don't look the other way!
Women's sport joins the campaign to stop gender violence. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
In addition to collaborating with the 'There is a Way Out of Gender-based Violence' campaign by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, Iberdrola has introduced a series of measures, contained in our Equal Opportunity and Reconciliation Policy [PDF] and organises various public awareness campaigns.