SOCIAL PROJECTS AND AWARENESS
We allocate more than €1 million to our Social Program 2020
We'll select projects, led by non-profit social entities, that 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, through its Foundation in Spain has launched the call for applications to its 2020 Social Program, which aims to promote the comprehensive development of the most vulnerable groups in the territories in which the company operates, with special attention on children, adolescents and women.
This call, with a budget of more than one million euros to distribute among 30 social projects, is open to private non-profit institution, declared to be for the public benefit, pursuing aims that are of social interest and carrying out their activities in Spain. Special consideration will be given to organisations that publish relevant information consistent with the principles of transparency, good governance and Iberdrola's code of ethics.
Applicants must submit their proposals by 17 June using the form available from the foundation website (www.fundacioniberdrolaespana.org), where they can also consult the terms and conditions of the call for applications, which will be resolved in October.
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) and 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. This acts have also allowed the creation of 1,000 job positions and the participation of 2,250 volunteers.
IBERDROLA SOLIDARITY AWARDS
On 11 December of 2018, Iberdrola held its Solidarity Conference in which the group's Chairman, Ignacio Galán, presented the II Iberdrola Solidarity Awards in recognition of the work carried out by some of the associations that work with the company. Inspired by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the event was attended by the Spanish Government's High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Cristina Gallach.
The awards went to the following institutions this year:
- End Poverty Award: Tomillo Foundation.
- Reduce Inequality: Spanish Association of the Deaf and Blind (Asocide).
- Health and Wellbeing: Proyecto Hombre and Aspanion.
MAIN PROJECTS AND INITATIVES
The 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 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.
In Spain, for the fourth year in a row, Iberdrola has sponsored the 6th Running against cancer race, organised by the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC). The company supported this worthy event last year, which attended by more than 17,000 runners.
6th "Running against cancer" race.
Also in 2018, Iberdrola collaborated with the races in Valladolid (more than 53,000 runners), Murcia (with around 5,000) which, added to the 17,000 athletes who took part at last year's run in Madrid, brings the total to 75,000 charity runner's bibs.
This action is organised under the cooperation agreement with the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), which Iberdrola has renewed until 2020.
Together against cancer, making our commitment stronger.
Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
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 7.3 million euros.
After the first year, the company has gotten roughly 78,000 customers to join the initiative.
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 [PDF], 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.
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]