The King and Queen of Spain present the Iberdrola RETO Awards for Supplier of the Year

Under the heading RETO — meaning 'CHALLENGE' in Spanish and standing for Recuperación (Recovery), Energía (Energy), Transición (Transition) and ODS (SDGs) —, the awards went to eight companies that stand out due to their commitment to the ecological transition, innovation, entrepreneurship, employability, talent, contribution to the SDGs and involvement with COVID-19.

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by the minister of Education and Vocational Training, Isabel Celaá, and the chairman of Iberdrola group, Ignacio Galán, presented the 2021 Supplier of the Year Awards, coinciding with the official inauguration of the company's Innovation and Training Campus in San Agustín del Guadalix (Madrid).

Ignacio Galán, Iberdrola group chairman

Two of the companies have stood out in the promotion of two axes set by Europe for recovery: energy transition and digitalisation. And two others are examples of two major objectives of our society: employment and equality

The awards recognise the key role of the value chain in the achievement of Iberdrola's strategic projects and the relevance of creating an ecosystem of suppliers working towards the same objectives. They are also an opportunity to highlight the commitment to encourage business management in areas such as sustainable development, safety and quality, innovation, internationalisation and job creation.

After almost two decades making progress in the commitment to energy for the future, Iberdrola wants to continue to be an engine of industrial growth in the countries where it operates, exerting an important pull effect on a growing group of companies to lead the energy transition in the world. To this end, Iberdrola has made purchases — related to equipment, materials, works and services — worth more than €14 billion from around 22,000 suppliers in 2020.


 RETO Equality

The company awarded in the category of RETO Equality was the insurance company Mapfre, for its policies and actions to minimise the pay gap and promote gender equality. The company is a benchmark in the implementation of good practices to prevent the gender gap. Its third Equality Plan, the Women's Leadership Network and the Closingap Project are good examples of these actions.

 RETO Employment

The Spanish company Ibermática won the RETO Employment award for its capacity to create new jobs by taking advantage of the energy transition. Ibermática has internationalised with Iberdrola, and currently has contracts in Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. In fact, in 2020 the company was able to create 235 new jobs in Spain (100 in the Basque Country, 100 in Madrid and 35 in other autonomous communities), as well as 81 in the rest of the world, increasing its subcontracted workforce by 75 people.

 RETO Digitalisation

The RETO Digitalisation award went to the British company Kirby, for developing projects with a high innovation content, such as the digital substation for SP Energy Networks or the use of tablets at sites.

 RETO Energy Transition

The Dutch company Van Oord received the RETO Energy Transition award for its specialisation in maritime construction. The company has already been involved in the East Anglia ONE park and has won orders worth more than 450 million euros for Saint-Brieuc and Baltic Hub.

 RETO COVID Special Mention

Within these awards, Iberdrola wanted to make a special mention to COVID-19, awarding companies that have helped in the procurement and transport of essential health and protection material at a time when the markets were absolutely collapsed and with an unprecedented worldwide demand.

The winning companies were Amara, Ormazabal, Iturri, Wottoline and DSV.

After placing its global supply access capacity at the service of the Administration, Iberdrola allocated more than 40 million euros to the purchase of essential health material (respirators, personal protective equipment, masks, coveralls, gloves, goggles...) to mitigate the effects of this pandemic.


Iberdrola has been recognising the efforts of its suppliers for decades, both in global and in local awards in the five main countries where it operates (Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and Mexico). The goal of Iberdrola's supplier awards is to promote and recognise the excellence, sustainable development, quality, internationalisation, innovation, corporate social responsibility, job creation and occupational risk prevention.

Our businesses in the different countries, as well as the corporate units (Environment, Quality, Innovation, Prevention, Sustainability, etc.). and the Purchasing unit itself select those suppliers who have been particularly outstanding in the performance of their contracts every year.

2019 Supplier of the Year Awards

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ScottishPower, Iberdrola group's subsidiary in the United Kingdom, presented its Suppliers of the Year Awards in a ceremony that recognized the dedication and quality of work of its suppliers in nine categories: Delivery of Service (Domestic & General Services Limited), Innovation (Censis Limited), Best SME (BV Associates Limited), Health and Safety (FCE Projects Limited), Sustainability (Keltbray Aspire Limited), Employment Generation (Iceni Marine Services Limited), Customer Service (Luddon Construction Limited), Collaborative Working (Noel Regan & Sons Building & Civil Engineering and Contractors UK Limited) and Equipment & Materials (Nexans).

Iberdrola España also presented its Supplier of the Year last October, with awards going to 11 of its suppliers for their support in its strategy to lead the energy transition. Each year, the company purchases more than 1.5 billion euros worth of goods and services from its suppliers. The Special Best Supplier Award 2019 went to Eiffage Energía, who collaborate with the company in the areas of renewables and distribution networks. This year, the company also wanted to recognize FCC Industrial for its collaboration in the emergency response efforts during the severe floods in Murcia and the Valencian Community earlier this year.

In September, Neoenergia presented the Supplier of the Year Award, which on this occasion went to ALUBAR, a manufacturer of electric cables. Iberdrola's Brazilian subsidiary evaluated some 100 suppliers based on criteria such as infrastructure, logistics, quality of service, safety, social and environmental practices and ethics. From among these it awarded a total of ten companies in ten categories.

The Mexican subsidiary of the Iberdrola group has held in May its 2019 Supplier of the Year Awards, through which it recognises Mexican suppliers that share the company's commitment to the Mexico's industrial fabric and to social responsibility. In 2018, the Mexican subsidiary made purchases worth US$1.13 billion, 70% of them from companies from the country. In addition, the company plans to invest US$5 billion over the next six years in generation projects, of which at least US$3 billion will go to Mexican suppliers.

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2018 Global Supplier of the Year Awards

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Iberdrola handed over its 2018 Global Supplier of the Year Awards, whose purpose is to incentivize, promote and acknowledge the work of its suppliers, key to achieving the company' strategic objectives. The event took place at the auditorium of Iberdrola's Innovation and Training Campus in San Agustín del Guadalix (Madrid), was attended by some 340 guests, including representatives of 167 global suppliers of the group across different countries and industries. Also in attendance were the Chairman of the Iberdrola group, Ignacio Galán.

 Contribution to sustainability

Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola

With our suppliers we are addressing the important challenges posed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Companies are making a key contribution to the realisation of the new agenda

Most of the contracts benefitted suppliers from the company's core countries — the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Spain —, as well as companies from countries where the group is developing major initiatives, such as Portugal and France.

The suppliers awarded in each of the 12 categories were:

  • Supplier of the Year award: WEG (Brazil)
  • Equipment: Schneider Electric (France)
  • Service Quality and Response: Northline Utilities (US)
  • Energy Services: Integral Management Future (Spain)
  • Non-energy Services: SHL (The Netherlands)
  • Environment: Aecom (United Kingdom)
  • CSR: Fonabec A.C. (Mexico)
  • Competitiveness and Innovation: Innova-TSN (Spain)
  • Diversity and Equality: ITB Equipamentos (Brazil)
  • Occupational Health and Safety: Brown & Mason (United Kingdom)
  • Construction Services: Socorpena (Portugal)
  • Internationalisation: Ibermática (Spain)

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2017 Supplier of the Year Awards

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Iberdrola Mexico celebrated the Supplier of the Year Awards with the purpose of recognising the service and commitment of its suppliers to the growth of the company throughout 2017 under the slogan: Because you are our energy. The company gave these awards in recognition to quality, innovation, respect for the environment and prevention of occupation hazards, paying special attention to the value of ethics and the transparency of its suppliers.

ScottishPower is going through a record investment phase, and in the last two years, it has awarded contracts worth £5,000 million to over 3,500 suppliers, some of which received an award on the 9th of November 2017 during a special event held at the headquarters building of ScottishPower in Glasgow.

For its part, Iberdrola presented the 2017 Spanish Supplier of the Year Awards at the Iberdrola Tower building on 17 October 2017, with the purpose of incentivizing and recognising the employment of women and young people, respect for the environment, innovation and technological development, social commitment, internationalisation, diversity and equal opportunities and the prevention of occupational risks in the corporate management practices of its suppliers.

Avangrid named a Texas-based supplier of wind turbine components as its 2017 Supplier of the Year at an event that celebrated the achievements of business partners across a wide range of categories. Approximately 250 suppliers and employees from coast to coast turned out to attend the awards event.

Finally, Elektro held on 25 May 2017 the 13th edition of its Supplier of the Year Award, which was attended by over 300 guests in Campinas (Brazil). This year they discussed best practice and general security concerns. During the ceremony, which was mainly attended by material and service suppliers, special mentions were awarded for innovation, sustainability and security.

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