Iberdrola sends more than eight tonnes of humanitarian material to Ukraine

  • The emergency aid has been donated by employees through the company's volunteer network.
  • The Iberdrola group has also delivered a first batch of 20 generators to guarantee power to essential services.

Iberdrola has sent to Ukraine more than eight tonnes of humanitarian material donated by its employees through its corporate volunteer network in Spain. Among the basic necessities provided are first aid, orthopaedic, hygiene and sanitary products, as well as shelter, food, warm clothing, blankets and quilts.

The material will be distributed through convoys organised by the Generalitat Valenciana, in collaboration with the governments of Ukraine and Poland and the ONCE Foundation, in coordination with the Spanish Armed Forces. The first convoy will travel to various logistics centres in Poland, from where the Ukrainian authorities will distribute the material through green corridors, while the second convoy will go to the camps and support centres located behind the border points.

This initiative has been developed within the Volunteers for Ukraine programme launched by the company since the beginning of this humanitarian crisis to channel the solidarity of Iberdrola's professionals and transfer their aid in the most efficient way to the people affected.

Through this programme the company is also raising funds, doubling the amounts donated by its employees. The proceeds will be given to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide shelter, immediate food and emergency care to the thousands of people who are leaving Ukraine and massing at the borders.

The company will also support Ukrainian refugees arriving in Spain through its Iberdrola with Refugees volunteer initiative, which aims to help them adapt, promote their integration and improve their autonomy. Since 2015, this initiative has already assisted more than a thousand refugees from other armed conflicts, such as Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and Mali.

In addition, the Iberdrola group has sent a first batch of 20 generators to Ukraine to maintain the operation of special services such as hospitals, shelters or water treatment plants.

A supportive and committed team

With its International Volunteering Programme, the Iberdrola group aims to motivate its professionals to participate in social projects aimed primarily at vulnerable groups, environmental improvement and sustainable development.

Along these lines, some 200 employees are going to start planting a holm oak grove this weekend in the Casa de Campo in Madrid, with 3,000 specimens. This reforestation contributes to repairing the heavy damage caused in 2021 by the storm Filomena, which affected more than 440,000 trees.

Iberdrola's volunteering programme has been the only Spanish company to be recognised as a pioneering practice by the United Nations in its Transforming Lives and Communities report, published in September 2021. This programme has already been awarded by IMPACT2030 with the 2018 Innovation Award in recognition of its innovative approaches to advancing the SDGs through its human capital.