CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING

A global social action community

The Iberdrola group's International Corporate Volunteering Programme was created to channel our employees' spirit of solidarity and to encourage their participation in social projects aimed at integrating vulnerable groups into society, improving the environment and sustainable development.

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERING WEEK 2021

Iberdrola brought together more than 5,000 employees — 25 % more than last year — in the International Volunteer Week 2021. Under the slogan Together we continue to build the world we want, during the week from 18 to 25 September 64 solidarity initiatives were carried out in a dozen countries (Spain, United States, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Portugal).

The projects focused on care for the environment, the inclusion of vulnerable groups and social assistance, especially with the donation of food, hygiene and school kits to disadvantaged families. Iberdrola volunteers and their families shared these actions with other groups, such as people with disabilities, refugees, and the elderly. As in 2020, workers participated safely, either from home or with individual activities outside.

Contributing to the achievement of the SDGs

This year, Iberdrola has launched a new social project, My Social Footprint, with which it intends to measure the impact of the social actions of its employees on society, thus taking another step forward in its commitment to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Through the volunteering website, each employee can find out how many people they have helped with their work, how many hours they have dedicated to each SDG and how many actions they have carried out to contribute to creating a better world.

Iberdrola's Corporate Volunteering Programme is aligned with the SDGs, especially with SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 3 (health and well-being), SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 10 (reducing inequalities).

Iberdrolas Corporate Volunteering Programme contributes to the achievement of the SDGs.#RRSSIberdrola's Corporate Volunteering Programme contributes to the achievement of the SDGs.

INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMME

Our International Corporate Volunteering Programme is a global initiative that is in line with the group's values and our General Sustainable Development Policy. It was born in 2006 as part of our commitment to encourage the involvement of our teams in the realities of the most disadvantaged in society, turning them into agents of change.

Every year we offer our employees more than 6,000 volunteering opportunities, through national and international projects in the countries where we are present, with the aim of mobilising their talent, time and energy to contribute to the improvement of our environment and the quality of life of the most vulnerable people.

With the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020, the Volunteering Programme was adapted in record time to respond to the new social needs that arose out of the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The Volunteers Against COVID-19 project was created to address the most urgent needs and the most affected groups. Volunteering activities were mainly oriented towards four themes: health emergency, reducing the emotional and psychological effects of isolation among the most vulnerable groups, reducing the digital divide, and vulnerable groups and employment.

AWARDED FOR OUR VOLUNTEERING

Iberdrola was the only Spanish company in the energy sector to be included in the Transforming Lives and Communities report, published in September 2021 by IMPACT2030 in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. The report recognises the company's Corporate Volunteering Programme as a pioneering practice to harness the skills, passion and experience of its employees in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Iberdrola's International Corporate Volunteering Programme has already been awarded an Innovation Award 2018 by IMPACT2030, an award that recognises innovative approaches by companies that leverage their human capital, through corporate volunteering programmes, to advance the achievement of the SDGs. Specifically, as the judging panel has highlighted, the company has been recognised for being "an enterprise that innovates to educate, inspire and unite employees around the SDGs in their community, and offers them opportunities to become agents of change and make an impact," as well as for "its exceptional commitment to mobilising the volunteers to work towards the SDGs."

Begoña Barberá, the Iberdrola's Social Projects Manager.#RRSSBegoña Barberá, the Iberdrola's Social Projects Manager, received the Innovation Award from the IMPACT2030 network at the UN headquarters in New York.

In 2016, the company received a Special Mention on the part of the King of Spain, on the occasion of the celebration of the first decade of its International Programme. And in 2015, it was awarded the prize for the most Caring Company (Empresa Solidaria) of the year on the part of International Cooperation.

TAKING THE SDGs TO SCHOOL

Iberdrola, in collaboration with the Department of Education of the Community of Madrid and Samsung, has made available to all schools in the Community of Madrid the initiative ODS al Cole, a multi-company corporate volunteer project regarding Volunteering and Strategy, promoted by Iberdrola, which aims to transfer the importance of the Objectives of Sustainable Development for primary students.

The initiative consists on a guided workshop with explanatory videos and two activities for the children in order to discover the SDGs, reflect on the world in which we live and make proposals for daily actions to be able to carry out.

IBERDROLA STRENGTHENS ITS COMMITMENT TO CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING

Iberdrola has joined the board of Voluntare, the top Spanish-speaking international Corporate Volunteering network.

With this decision, our company is strengthening its commitment to Corporate Volunteering as a means for promoting Social Responsibility. It is doing in by joining this international network, which is found in both Spain and Latin America and which has an infrastructure that facilitates teamwork and joint advancement and encourages the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

   

* Neoenergia, S. A. is 50 % + 1 share indirectly owned by Iberdrola, S. A.

** AVANGRID, Inc. is 81,50 % owned by Iberdrola, S. A.