A global social action community
The Iberdrola group's International Corporate Volunteering Program 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.
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INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2021
From 18 to 25 September Iberdrola will celebrate its tenth International Volunteer Week, with simultaneous charitable activities in all countries where the group is present. The company offers its employees the option of participating digitally or remotely, a format that emerged in 2020 in the face of the COVID pandemic. If you want to be part of this great international event, register and participate from home or with individual outdoor activities.
Together we build the world that we want
Through its volunteers and its social activities, Iberdrola wants to continue building the world we want: a world that is more sustainable, more caring and, above all, where no one is left behind, so we can all contribute and leave our mark.
The company is therefore launching its first challenge, a video recorded by volunteers from every country narrating the history of our planet. Under the slogan Leave your mark, more than 50 volunteers have participated in this video, recorded with their own means, from their homes or outside. The aim of this initiative is to convey what it means to be an Iberdrola group volunteer and to encourage other colleagues to make this planet the world we all deserve.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING
Iberdrola's International Corporate Volunteering Programme was founded in 2006 and today, more than a decade later, it is a global project that is aligned with the group's values and General Sustainable Development Policy.
Our employees participate in social projects in the countries in which the group has a presence, creating a global community of volunteers who contributes to improving our environment and the quality of life of the most vulnerable people through national and international initiatives. In 2020, a total of 10,409 volunteers from different countries took part in this programme, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals: the program contributes to the attainment of the seventeen SDGs through its focus on supplying affordable and clean energy (Goal 7), climate action (Goal 13), providing quality education (Goal 4), gender equality (Goal 5), reducing inequalities (Goal 10) and improving health and well-being (Goal 3).
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 programme was created to address the most urgent needs and the most affected groups. Volunteering activities were mainly oriented towards: health emergency, reducing the emotional and psychological effects of isolation among the most vulnerable groups, reducing the digital divide and vulnerable groups, and employment.
In addition, climate action has continued with international environmental volunteering days in person before the pandemic and digitally or remotely during the pandemic. And different initiatives have been carried out to promote the autonomy and empowerment of women, such as the first multi-company probono marathon held in Spain at the Iberdrola Campus focused on SDG 5 to improve women's access to technological jobs.
PRIZES AWARDED BY THE IMPACT2030 NETWORK
The Iberdrola's International Corporate Volunteering Program has won the Innovation Award 2018 by the IMPACT2030 network, an initiative with the sole mission of mobilising human capital from companies through corporate volunteer programmes to help make progress in attaining the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (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, received the award at United Nations headquarters in New York as part of the recent inaugural IMPACT2030 Summit.
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 Program. 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).
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