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.
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
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]
Since 2012, Iberdrola has carried out, in conjunction with Fundación Tomillo, the 'Luces y Acción' educational programme, which supplements the basic vocational training in electricity and management of young students in Madrid, to boost their chances of job insertion and their employability.
The 2016-2017 edition of this training initiative ended recently. At the closing ceremony, 61 certificates were handed out to students aged 16-19 at risk of social exclusion in Madrid.
At the closing ceremony, 61 certificates were handed out to young students in Madrid at risk of social exclusion.
Through Iberdrola's Corporate Volunteering Programme, 19 company employees from distribution, generation and supply, HR, and occupational health and safety, voluntarily helped with the students' training, imparting knowledge 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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.