Iberdrola has brought together more than 5,000 volunteers -25% more than last year-, in the International Volunteer Week, in a total of 64 solidarity initiatives, which develops in a dozen countries where it operates, from Spain to the United States, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Portugal.
Under the motto ‘Together we continue to build the world we want’, during the week of September 18 to 25 Solidarity projects related to caring for the environment, the inclusion of vulnerable groups and social assistance are being carried out, especially with the donation of food, hygiene and school kits to vulnerable families.
The volunteers of Iberdrola and its relatives They are sharing these actions with other groups, such as people with disabilities, refugees and the elderly. Like last year, volunteers have been able to participate in the activities safely, either from home or with individual activities outside.
This year, Iberdrola has launched a new social project My Social Footprint to measure the impact of its employees’ social actions on society, taking a further step in its commitment to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Through the volunteering website, each employee can find out how many people they have helped with their work, how many hours you have dedicated to each SDG and how many actions you have taken helping to create a better world.
A joint action in a dozen countries
In Spain, more than 2,200 volunteers have collaborated in 17 activities, ranging from a global solidarity race to donate food packs, reforestations, cleaning of beaches, riverbanks and forests, creation of shelters for the protection of animals, creation of toys for cognitive development and motor skills of people with disabilities and the elderly, sports and environmental workshops, videoforum and inclusive leisure with different vulnerable groups.
Employees of Avangrid, Iberdrola’s US subsidiary, have participated in activities related to cleaning up regional parks, building homes for people at risk of exclusion, as well as donations to cover basic food and education needs.
In the UK, professionals in la filial ScottishPower They have been involved, among other initiatives, in the collection of waste on the beach and the conditioning of natural spaces.
Iberdrola México employees have carried out environmental activities, such as those for planting, saving water at home, recycling and energy efficiency. They have also recorded stories and tales for the visually impaired.
In Brazil, Neoenergía professionals have worked on actions aimed at collecting donations of personal hygiene material and children’s books for different NGOs that help the homeless. They have also recorded stories for vulnerable children and entertainment videos for people in nursing homes.
In the rest of the geographical areas, volunteers have collaborated in global and other local projects, focused on the reforestation of natural spaces, raising awareness about caring for the environment, promoting inclusion and social support, especially with the necessary basic food and education. And, thus, they have participated in different solidarity races in which with the sum of kilometers achieved together, food packs have been donated to vulnerable families.
Another of the global activities has been the solidarity photography contest in which the objective is to capture the positive footprint that can be left on the environment and on the lives of others, which this year has had financial endowments to invest in social projects .
More than 6,000 volunteer opportunities for 365 days a year
This initiative is part of Iberdrola’s Corporate Volunteering program, launched in 2006, as part of its commitment to favor the involvement of its teams in the realities of the most disadvantaged in society, turning them into agents of change. This purpose is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which the company has integrated into its strategy. Specifically, this program focuses on goals number 7 (affordable and clean energy), 13 (action for climate), 3 (health and well-being), 4 (quality education) and 10 (reduction of inequalities).
Every year, Iberdrola offers its employees more than 6,000 volunteer opportunities, with the aim of mobilizing their talent, time and energy to contribute to the improvement of society. This program has obtained different recognitions, among them the Innovation Award 2018 (Prize for Innovation) in the Private Sector category, granted by the IMPACT2030 network (initiative of the private sector and the UN). Likewise, the company received a Special Mention from the King of Spain in the celebration of the first decade of its International Program, in 2016. A year earlier, International Cooperation granted recognition to the Solidarity Company.