CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING IN SPAIN
A social action community in Spain to tackle global challenges
The Iberdrola Group, of which Iberdrola España forms part, has an International Corporate Volunteering Programme. This is an initiative created to channel the spirit of solidarity of our employees and encourage their participation in social projects that can promote care for the environment, sustainable development, and the improvement of the quality of life of people belonging to vulnerable groups.
Iberdrola España volunteer.
The Iberdrola Group's International Corporate Volunteering Programme is a global initiative that is applied in Spain and is in line with the Group's values and our General Sustainable Development Policy. It was created in 2006 as part of our commitment to encourage the involvement of our teams in the realities of the most disadvantaged in society, making them agents of change.
Thousands of people participate in our Corporate Volunteering Programme to create caring energy delivered to more than half a million people.
Iberdrola España in support of the victims of the earthquake in Morocco
At Iberdrola España we show our solidarity with Morocco due to the devastating earthquake that struck the country this September 2023. We have set up a collection point for humanitarian material at our office in Madrid to be sent in the convoy that the ONCE Foundation is organising in coordination with the Military Emergency Unit (UME). The convoy will leave from Guadalajara and the materials will be distributed to the people of Morocco.
Iberdrola España, with the victims of Ukraine
Since the beginning of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine in February 2022, Iberdrola España has activated its thousands of volunteers so that they can help the people affected by the conflict in different lines of action. On the one hand, we have launched the 'Volunteers for Ukraine' programme to channel the solidarity of the company's professionals and transfer their help to the people affected in the most efficient way. Through this programme, Iberdrola España has sent more than eight tonnes of humanitarian material donated by its employees to Ukraine. The aid provided includes first aid, orthopaedic, hygiene and sanitary products, as well as shelter, food, warm clothing, blankets and quilts. In addition, the company has sent generators to the country to maintain the operation of special services such as hospitals, shelters and water treatment plants.
We have also raised funds and doubled the amounts donated by our employees to provide shelter, immediate food and emergency care to the thousands of people who left Ukraine and gathered at the borders. We have done this through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Iberdrola España also supports Ukrainian refugees arriving in Spain through its volunteering initiative 'Iberdrola with the refugees'. Its objective is to contribute to the adaptation, integration and improvement of the autonomy of refugees. Since
2015, this initiative has already assisted more than a thousand refugees from other armed conflicts, such as Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and Mali.
International Volunteer Week
In 2023, the Iberdrola Group celebrates the 12th edition of its International Volunteer Week. Under the slogan "Together we build the world we want", during the week from 30 September to 8 October, we have organised a series of solidarity initiatives related to care for the environment, the fight against climate change, the inclusion of vulnerable groups, and social assistance.
Contributing to the achievement of the SDGs
The Iberdrola Group also has the 'My Social Footprint' initiative, through which it measures the impact of the social actions of its employees on society. Through Spain's volunteering website, each employee can find out how many people they have helped with their work, how many hours they have dedicated to each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and how many actions they have carried out to contribute to creating a better world.
Iberdrola's Corporate Volunteering Programme pays special attention to SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 3 (health and well-being), SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 10 (reducing inequalities).
Awarded for our voluntary work
The Iberdrola Group's Volunteering Programme has been awarded and recognised on numerous occasions. In 2021, we were the only Spanish and energy sector company included in the Transforming Lives and Communities report, published by IMPACT2030 in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. The report recognised the company's Corporate Volunteering Programme as a pioneering practice for harnessing the skills, passion and experience of its employees to achieve the SDGs.
The Iberdrola Group's International Corporate Volunteering Programme has already been honoured by IMPACT2030 with a 2018 Innovation Award, an award that recognises innovative approaches by companies that leverage their human capital, through corporate volunteering programmes, to advance the achievement of the SDGs. Specifically, the jury noted that the Iberdrola Group was honoured for being "a company that innovates to educate, inspire and unite employees around the SDGs in their community and provides opportunities for them to be agents of change and achieve impact", as well as for "its exceptional commitment to activating volunteers towards the SDGs".
In 2016, the company also received a Special Mention from the King of Spain, Felipe VI, on the occasion of the celebration of the first decade of its International Programme. And in 2015, Cooperación Internacional awarded it the Solidarity Company of the Year award.
Taking the SDGs to school
Iberdrola España, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of the Community of Madrid and Samsung, has made available to all schools in the Community of Madrid the initiative 'ODS al Cole', a multi-company corporate volunteering project that aims to convey the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals to primary school students in Madrid.
The initiative consists of a guided workshop with explanatory videos and two dynamics for children to discover the SDGs, reflect on the world we live in and make proposals for everyday actions that they can carry out to achieve the 2030 Agenda.