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. The period for requesting social organisations to send their proposals using the online form available on the website of Fundación Iberdrola Spain (www.fundacioniberdrolaespana.org) was closed on June 19. The website includes the terms and conditions of the call for applications.
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 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 "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.
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]
Ignacio Galán and the Chairman of the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC), Ignacio Muñoz Pidal, have renewed the collaboration agreement signed in 2015 for their two institutions to work together on disseminating information and organising awareness campaigns. The key goal is to increase the amount of needed money and work that goes towards cancer research.
Together against cancer, making our commitment stronger.
Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
As part of the agreement, Iberdrola has launched Together against Cancer, a pioneering charity initiative in Spain in which the electricity company invites customers to make a monthly contribution to the AECC through their electricity or gas bills. Iberdrola promises to match its customers' chosen contribution, which may be 25 cents, 50 cents or €1 a month.
After the first year, the company has gotten roughly 45,000 customers to join the initiative. Bearing in mind that the company matches each customer's donation, this means nearly €200,000 will go entirely to cancer research.
With the main purpose, the 5th edition of the "Race against cancer" will be held on 15 April 2018 in Madrid. Plaza de Colón will be the meeting point for thousands of people, who will gather at 9:00 am to start the race against cancer, which will cross some the most important streets of the city to raise awareness on the importance of helping in the fight against cancer.
5th edition of the Race against cancer.
We hope to break the former record of attendance in this fifth edition of the race, sponsored by Iberdrola. We're counting on you! Sign up for the race! All funds raised will be donated to fund research projects.
For its part, 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.
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.
Under the slogan Never allow violence against women to happen. Stop gender violence!, the company participated in the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, held every year on the 25th of November, to help raise awareness and increase the involvement of society. Don't look the other way!
Women's sport joins the campaign to stop gender 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.
- Iberdrola has gotten more than 45,000 customers to contribute to cancer research through their bills
- Iberdrola will back 31 social aid projects for vulnerable groups
- Iberdrola and the AECC highlight researchers' work in the fight against cancer
- Iberdrola is launching its call for Social Grant applications to support vulnerable groups
- Iberdrola will support 30 social aid projects for vulnerable groups in 2016