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Social Action


Social initiatives in collaboration with organisations from both the government and civil society are an important part of IBERDROLA’s engagement with the community. Detailed information on these activities can be found in both the annual reports and on the corporate websites of IBERDROLA’s subsidiary and affiliate companies in Spain, United Kingdom, USA and Brazil.

Corporate volunteer

As regards the various social projects carried out, mention should be made of the Corporate Volunteering Programme, which has been in operation for several years. In this scheme, IBERDROLA encourages its employees to take part in charity initiatives with a view to putting vision and values of the Company into practice: enhancing people's quality of life, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable development and providing access to energy to those that are not connected to the grid.

The goals behind these practices are:

  • to reinforce a feeling of belonging and improve the atmosphere at work; 
  • to provide ethical training to employees and harness their solidarity;
  • to promote the values of participation, commitment, responsibility and teamwork.

Some of the most important initiatives in this area are:

  • the International Corporate Volunteering programme, which benefited around 500,000 people on a direct and indirect basis in 2015 in the main countries where the Group has operations (Spain, UK, US, Mexico and Brazil)
  • the Iberdrola-São Paulo 2.0 charity holiday scheme, a project offering technology training to young Brazilians at risk of social exclusion, with a team of volunteer employees from Spain, the UK and the US spending three weeks in Brazil.
  • Participation in an alliance formed by various companies, the Spanish Agency for Cooperation and the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre (itdUPM) at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, to collaborate on humanitarian rural electrification projects under the "Electricity for All" programme set up to ensure access to electricity in emerging and developing countries. The Alliance has launched a pilot project with the collaboration of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) at the Shire refugee camps (Ethiopia), which provide shelter to over 110,000 refugees. The camps are only partially connected to the electricity grid and coverage is not complete.
  • The International Volunteering PortalNote (*) is an online forum for sharing experiences and reinforcing the Group's global community of volunteers. It is currently available in Portuguese, Spanish and English. The accessibility level is AA, which enables universal access to the website and its content. (add link) Employees can also choose to receive a weekly newsletter with information on the main volunteering initiatives.


Through its Foundations, the IBERDROLA Group fulfils its commitment to the communities in which it operates. These institutions contribute to improving the quality of life of people through energy, cultural and social development. Among their objectives are the promotion of training and research, the protection of the environment, the support for art and culture, and the furtherance of cooperation and solidarity.

Since June 2014, the Foundations Committee guarantees proper coordination among the different institutions, which are also governed by a 2015-2019 Master Plan 2015-2019 Master Plan approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2014.

IBERDROLA Art Collection

IBERDROLA has a standing commitment to the conservation of heritage and promoting different forms of artistic expression. Our art collection is proof of such patronage, bringing together works from the Basque school, Spanish art, international pieces and examples of new media such as video. We loan pieces from our art collection to museums and institutions, and we also organise travelling exhibitions such as “Translucent Skin”. You can also visit our art collection at or via the new iPad app by going to App Store for iOS (iPad)

IBERDROLA.COM, a fully accessible website

In line with the commitments assumed within the framework of its social responsibility policies, IBERDROLA has the aim of facilitating access  to for everyone, regardless of their age or whether they have a disability. For this reason, has been developed taking into account compliance with priority guidelines 1 and 2 of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) as established by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). It currently has WCAG-WAI 2.0 AA Certification.


For more information, please refer to the 2014 Sustainability Report  published on February 2015 by the Company.


  • Note (*) Spanish version.
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