SOCIAL PROJECTS AND AWARENESS

Iberdrola launches the 2017 Call for applications for Social Grants in support of vulnerable groups

Selected projects will help overcome situations of poverty, foster social integration and help improve the quality of life of the people receiving these grants.

Ignacio Galán at the decision on Social Aid Grants held last year.Ignacio Galán at the decision on Social Aid Grants held last year.

The 2017 Call for applications for Social Grants is proof of the company's commitment to society and its main goal is to foster the integral development of the groups at risk of social exclusion, paying special attention to children, youngsters and, new for this edition, support for women.

A committee of experts of the Fundación Iberdrola España will select the projects with specific objectives associated with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, as part of the business strategy of the company.

This new Call for applications for Social Grants (the total funds allocated for the support of social projects of Spanish NGOs amount to €1 million) is open to private not-for-profit institutions based in Spain with public utility status that pursue general interest purposes and carry out their activities in Spain. Requesting social organisations can send their proposal until 19 June, using the online form available at the website of Fundación Iberdrola España (www.fundacioniberdrolaespana.org).

Every year, the company supports some thirty social projects via the calls for applications it has been running since 2010. Thanks to the Social Grants programme, over 300 projects have received aid until now, with an average annual impact of 12,000 direct beneficiaries and 32,000 indirect beneficiaries.

PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

  • Social projects

    Iberdrola has been running the "Lights and Action" educational project since 2012, in collaboration with the Fundación Tomillo, which helps Madrid's young students to increase their labour insertion and employability possibilities by providing them with additional training to that received in the Basic Professional Training (FPB) courses on Electricity, Business Administration and Computer Science.

    The new edition is held at the facilities of Fundación Tomillo and at Iberdrola's San Agustín Campus to offer training specialising on basic skills, with the purpose of helping young students develop the necessary skills, so they can start a professional career in the energy and energy efficiency sector. In addition, students will improve their English skills, something vital when paving the future for these students to secure a job. With this project, the company is strengthening its commitment to Sustainable Development Goals No. 4 (Quality education), No. 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and No. 10 (Reduced inequalities).

    Ignacio Galán with the students of the

    Ignacio Galán with the students of the "Lights and Action" project.

    Through Iberdrola's Corporate Volunteering Program, different employees of the distribution, generation and supply, HR, and occupational health and safety areas helped as volunteers in training the students on Electricity Generation and Distribution, Energy Efficiency, Communication and Relations with Customers, Labour Insertion, and Occupational Health and Safety.

    Iberdrola also collaborates with Fundación Tomillo in another educational project. Los Olivos (local community in Madrid), aimed at helping children with a variety of difficulties to improve their classroom performance, develop their potential and successfully complete their studies.
     

    Fundación Tomillo pupil. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

    Iberdrola collaborates with ASOCIDE, the Spanish Association for the Deaf and Blind, a non-profit entity established in 1993. The Association seeks to search for, create and promote all sorts of actions required to cover the specific needs of deaf and blind people in all areas, with the purpose of improving their quality of life and guaranteeing their personal, intellectual and social development.

    Iberdrola and ASOCIDE. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

    In addition, Iberdrola collaborates with Unicef in their efforts to bring about real change in the lives of children in developing countries, through health and education programmes, amongst many other actions.

    Iberdrola is considered a Future-Building Company, thanks to its association with SOS Children's Villages International in Spain. Through the Business Platform, we help children and young people who are vulnerable or at risk of social exclusion.

  • 'Hell' Campaign against epilepsy in children

    The Querer Foundation, in collaboration with Iberdrola, has presented the Hell communication campaign, aimed at raising the awareness on epilepsy in children in Spain.

    November is the month of epilepsy in children. It is believed that, only in Spain, there are 400,000 people diagnosed with epilepsy, out of which approximately 100,000 suffer from refractory epilepsy, a condition that cannot be cured and for which medicine cannot bring seizures under control.

    The presentation ceremony of this campaign on epilepsy in children was attended by Dr. Maria Jesús Pascual, Neuro-scientific Coordinator of Querer Foundation; Dr. Pilar Tirado, Epilepsy Specialist, Assistant Doctor of the Children's Neurology Service of La Paz Hospital and Neurologist of Vithas Nisa Pardo Hospital in Aravaca; Dr. Milagros Merino, Assistant Doctor of the Neuro-physiology Service of La Paz Hospital and Clínica Ruber; Ignacio Cuenca, Director of Investor Relations and Communication of Iberdrola, and Manuel Cabanilles, Creative Director of the campaign.

    Presentation ceremony of the 'Hell' Campaign.

    Ignacio Cuenca, Director of Investor Relations and Communication of Iberdrola, expressed the company's commitment to social initiatives, such as the one presented by Querer Foundation. "Iberdrola believes that this is a great opportunity to support such relevant initiatives and make sure they are disseminated globally, also online, with the purpose of reaching the largest possible audience and raising society's awareness on the need to participate", added Ignacio Cuenca.

    Campaign to raise the awareness on epilepsy in children. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

  • Together against cancer

    The Murcia office of the Spanish Association against Cancer celebrated the Marcha Murcia Iberdrola 2017 race on the 5th of November. 4,500 people participated in the race, covering the city streets in green.

    Participants of the Marcha Murcia 2017 race.

    Participants of the Marcha Murcia 2017 race.

    With the same aim, on the 29th of October was held in Valladolid the 6th March against Cancer. The initiative, organised by the Spanish Association against Cancer, with Iberdrola as the main sponsor, beat last year's attendance record, gathering 45,000 participants in a 5 kilometre march through the main streets of the city.

    The funds were handed to the project "Identification of epigenetic biomarkers used to predict the response to immunotherapy" of the prestigious Doctor, María Verónica Dávalos, to continue delving into the research of the disease.

    These charity sporting events are another example of the company's commitment to the campaign 'Together against cancer', which was launched a year ago on this day, and which offers its customers the possibility of helping the AECC by donating an amount on their electricity or gas bill.

    6th March against Cancer, Valladolid.

    6th March against Cancer, Valladolid.

    As part of the celebration of World Cancer Research Day, Iberdrola and the AECC carried out on 24 September an awareness-raising event in which they highlighted scientific research as one of the priorities in the fight against cancer. Participants could light up the mosaic using Social Media and on the website www.luzalainvestigacion.es, as well as by pushing a button installed alongside the mural. Different informative sessions were also organised to highlight the important work these professionals do in the fight against the disease.

    Together against cancer.

    Iberdrola and the AECC celebrate the World Cancer Research Day.

    One of Iberdrola's main actions in collaboration with the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC) is to guarantee a decent quality of life to children with cancer and their families. To do so, it provides homes to the most vulnerable families, which allow patients and their loved ones to have easier access to hospitals.

    We can find an example in Malaga, in which there are currently 11 homes accommodating vulnerable families with members suffering from cancer.

    Representatives of Iberdrola with two of the programme's beneficiaries. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

    The project not only supports vulnerable people suffering from such a hard illness with infrastructures, but it also offers important psychological assistance to children.

    World Cancer Day

    As part of the celebration held on 4 February, AECC launched its campaign: “if you are fighting cancer, we are here for you” - where the main focus is on care for patients and their families along with prevention. Iberdrola, committed to the fight against cancer, joined AECC on this day.

    There were two events in Madrid calling on citizens to participate through Gota de Solidaridad and the Gran lazo Solidario, an initiative with the participation of Iberdrola: participants in the action collected a piece of material at the information points set up by the company and gave it to the people who were sewing the ribbon. For each remnant delivered, Iberdrola donated €5 to the AECC. Also, more than 10,000 messages were shared in social networks using the hashtag #GranLazoSolidario, which have been converted into 10,000 euros delivered to the Association in order to continue investigating.

    Iberdrolas Gran Lazo Solidario initiative.

    Iberdrola's Gran Lazo Solidario initiative.

    Through this initiative, Iberdrola is reaffirming its commitment to society through ideas that lead to an improvement in the quality of life of the people who form part not only of their organisation but of society in general, as an example of their contribution to sustainable development.

  • Against gender-based violence

    To celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, held each year on 25 November, Iberdrola has mobilised Spanish sportswomen to help raise awareness and eradicate violence against women. Many of then have already participated in the Women, Health and Sport initiative set up by Iberdrola to promote women's role in sport and society in general.

     

    Iberdrola's campaign against gender-based violence. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

    In addition to collaborating with the 'There is a Way Out of Gender-based Violence' campaign by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, Iberdrola has introduced a series of measures, contained in our Equal Opportunity and Reconciliation Policy [PDF] and organises various public awareness campaigns.

  • Against sexism

    To mark International Women's Day which is held every 8 March, and on every other day of the year, Iberdrola says: 'Stop sexism'.

    Against sexism. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]

    One aspect of Iberdrola that is most highly valued by society is its support for gender equality in all walks of life.

    Together with the Equal Opportunity and Reconciliation Policy [PDF], the support measures aimed at victims of gender violence or the support for women's sport, the company prioritises promoting the role that women deserve and fighting sexism in all its forms.