IBERDROLA has set up a specific web portal to provide its 33,000 present and former employees easy access to its various volunteer initiatives.
In line with the group’s values, the application is designed to facilitate the mobilisation of employees’ talent, time and energy to help achieve sustainable development in areas where the company does business.
Through the portal, volunteers can sign up for different projects, something which 5% of IBERDROLA’s employees have already done.
The volunteer programmes are divided up into four blocks: volunteer initiatives proposed by the company (including suggestions put forward by the volunteers themselves); professional volunteer service programmes, environmental volunteer work, and collaboration with different projects.
The first block includes initiatives such as Solidarity Day or Volunteer Day, in which more than 300 volunteers took part in a recreation-sporting event with people with disabilities.
Professional volunteer service programmes offer help to different groups at risk of exclusion, such as drug addicts (through Proyecto Hombre activities) or immigrants (through Conoce tus Leyes, spearheaded by the Madrid regional government to counsel immigrants on matters relating to their legal and labour situations). Since the company embarked on this initiative in June, it has helped more than 1,200 people of different nationalities.
IBERDROLA has also promoted a computer literacy project in conjunction with San Fermín Project Association, through which company volunteers teach the basics of computers to people with limited IT skills.
Environmental volunteer work arises from the group’s commitment to the environment and sustainable development. Through this type of project, the company has reached agreements to, among others, reforest the Cuenca province with 24,000 trees or plant 240 trees in Vizcaya with the help of people with disabilities.
In addition, through the volunteer portal, company employees can contact other organisations, such as Aldeas Infantiles or Energy Without Borders, to collaborate on their projects.
Cooperation through Internet
The new volunteer portal also allows for virtual participation in these programmes, whereby volunteers can provide advisory services for the various organisations online.
On top of these initiatives, there are also volunteer projects in other countries, as more and more people choose to spend their holidays helping the needy. In these cases, IBERDROLA provides transportation and accommodation, as well as the materials necessary to carry out each project. Thanks to company volunteers, this year electricity has been installed in two villages in Peru and one in Togo, where a medical clinic will also be set up.
IBERDROLA’s volunteer portal, designed with the help of the Chandra Foundation, has achieved an accessibility conformance level of Double-A. This means all people can access content, regardless of their disability, age or the technology used.