Iberdrola celebrates Universal Children’s Day: support for 88 social projects benefiting 360,000 people around the world in 2018
- In Spain, the Iberdrola Social Programme includes cooperating with 33 projects and 65,000 beneficiaries
- The programmes focus on education, combating child poverty, training for the inclusion of young people with disabilities and improving the quality of life of children with serious illnesses
Iberdrola is celebrating Universal Children’s Day by supporting 88 social projects with NGOs in the area of childhood and adolescence, through its foundations in Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Mexico and Brazil. These initiatives, with an investment of over €3 million in 2018, reach a total of 360,000 beneficiaries among the children and young people who take part in the programmes and their families.
The childhood-related programmes with which Iberdrola cooperates through its foundations address education, combating child poverty, training for the inclusion of young people with disabilities and improving the quality of life of children and young people suffering from serious illnesses.
All these actions, which fall within the framework of Iberdrola’s commitment to the creation of value in the regions where it operates, have allowed the creation of 800 jobs and the participation of 2,000 volunteers.
Iberdrola Social Programme in Spain
In Spain, the company calls for applications to the Iberdrola Social Programme annually. With a total budget of €1.5 million a year, it allocates almost 80% (€1.17 million) to the winners, projects that are designed to preserve childhood, one of the essential pillars of the activities of its foundation.
With this programme, Fundación Iberdrola España has allocated over €8 million to social initiatives in Spain since 2010. Since its launch, it has sponsored more than 300 projects that have benefited 270,000 people, contributing to the social insertion of vulnerable children, young people and women.
The projects selected are implemented by local and national non-profit organisations with a proven track record, such as Save the Children, Menudos Corazones, Fundación Anar, Ayuda en Acción, Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer, Fundación Víctor Ullate, Fundación ASPANION and Fundación BALIA.
Projects in the UK, USA, Mexico and Brazil
In the other countries in which Iberdrola operates, social projects for children and young people are also being sponsored.
In the United Kingdom, the Scottish Power Foundation social programme is involved in inclusive programmes to support education in the arts and develop schoolchildren’s skills in STEM activities.
In the United States, the Avangrid Foundation has the project ‘Playwright Mentoring’ for adolescents at risk and initiatives to improve the infrastructure and facilities of schools, therapeutic games in local children’s hospitals and welcome centres for sick children and their families.
Fundación Iberdrola México is a member of the Educational Excellence Civil Association and in Brazil the Neoenergia Institute’s Childhood Social Programme invests in the development of STEM skills and competencies and cooperates with UNICEF and the Fundación Aitor Sena on projects to help vulnerable groups.
The Iberdrola Social Programme is aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which the company has made part of its corporate strategy. Specifically, the programme 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 is a global energy leader, the number one producer of wind power, and one of the world’s biggest electricity utilities by market capitalisation. The group is present in numerous countries and supplies energy to over 100 million people mainly in Spain, the United Kingdom (Scottish Power), the USA (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia) and Mexico. With a workforce of 34,000 and assets in excess of €110 billion, it posted revenues of over €31.263 billion and a net profit of €2.804 billion in 2017.
Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, offering the most advanced products and services to its customers. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to the fight against climate change and for the sustainability of the planet. Iberdrola forms part of numerous international sustainability indices, among them the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE 4Good, and is considered one of the most sustainable electricity companies in the world.