Fundación Iberdrola España, through its Social Programme, has already allocated over 8 million Euros to social initiatives in Spain that have benefited a total of 270,000 people. Since this plan was launched in 2010, we have promoted over 300 projects that have contributed to social inclusion, especially of children, young people and women in vulnerable situations.
All these actions, which fall within the framework of Iberdrola’s commitment to the creation of value in the regions where it operates, have allowed the creation of 800 jobs and the participation of 2,000 volunteers.
Ignacio Galán met this morning with representatives from some of the social institutions participating in the programme and examined the results achieved to date. Galán asserted that he is proud of being able to help so many people because “being close to people, in particular to those who need it, is part of our mission as a socially responsible company”.
The organisations that came to this meeting, held at Iberdrola’s offices in Madrid, were the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC), the Association of Deaf-Blind People of Spain (ASOCIDE), the Foundation Balia, Menudos Corazones, the Foundation Amigó, the Foundation Down Madrid, the Foundation Tomillo, the Association Ciudad Joven, the Association Candelita, the Foundation Altius and NUPA. These are organisations that operate either in Madrid or nationwide. Prior to the event, the Foundation held similar meetings in the other autonomous regions.
In this 2018 edition, Iberdrola has supported 35 social projects with different institutions in Spain, chosen for their high quality and impact. This programme will benefit 46,000 people and lead to the creation of 135 jobs and the involvement of 260 volunteers this year.
Of the total number of initiatives selected, 42% are aimed at avoiding poverty and social exclusion by promoting training and employability; 26% address the social inclusion of people with disabilities; and the remaining 32% improve the quality of life of people with serious illnesses. In addition, 61% of the total are long-term actions, which are the result of years of collaboration and partnership with the company through its Foundation.
During the selection process, the criteria of thoroughness, transparency and good governance of these institutions were taken into account. One indispensable requirement is that they demonstrate their experience with social projects and have audited accounts for the most recent years. Another requirement is to have their articles of association and documentation posted on their websites. For the proper implementation of the projects, the institutions have taken on the commitment of complying with Iberdrola´s Code of Ethics.
Fundación Iberdrola contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations Agenda 2030, which it has integrated into its strategy. Thanks to this aid, the company can focus its efforts on meeting goals 1 (no poverty), 3 (good health and well-being), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnerships for the goals).