Contributing to a fairer and more efficient society in building its own sustainability: the EDP Group shoulders this commitment and involves its employees in this mission through its Volunteer Program.
We believe that volunteering develops our people and their talents and skills, it multiplies the purpose and meaning of what we do and actively contributes to the development and transformation of the communities where we are present.
Since its inception in 2011, the Program has had more than 32,800 entries, totalling more than 256,000 volunteering hours, and has partnered with over 2,500 organizations, impacting the lives of more than 1 million people.
Over the years, it has gained its place in EDP, involving employees in the different countries where the company has a presence, and also challenging EDP retirees, families, friends and partners to participate in volunteering activities. Currently, 20% of EDP employees are volunteers through the company.
We believe that sharing what we know and do is the best way to ensure that our energy turns into action.
To celebrate Energy Day, on May 29th, each year we prepare a set of initiatives centered around what connects us to the world and to the communities we live in: energy itself!
Learn more about the organized activities for the 2019 Energy Day, here.
The EDP Christmas Volunteer Campaign has been around for 7 years, and takes place in several countries where EDP is present, during the months of November and December.
EDP volunteers, friends and family, are challenged to leave their offices to contribute to common and local causes with the goal of celebrating Christmas. The intent is to humanize this season with those most in need, especially institutionalized people, who are at risk of social exclusion and/or vulnerable.
In addition to the initiatives designed and proposed by the management team, collaborators can also propose causes and actions.
In 2019, in Portugal, the almost 4,000 volunteers who were involved spent more than 36,500 hours of their time, distributed by 16 projects throughout 12 countries.
The energy and commitment of everyone made it possible to offer a happier Christmas to almost 12,000 people through 110 partner organizations.
In the following video playlist, you can see some examples of the past Christmas actions:
Quality in Volunteering
EDP Volunteering Program was awarded with the Seal of Quality in Volunteering Join4Change, at the Excellence level, the highest one, by Confederação Portuguesa de Voluntariado (Portuguese Volunteering Confederation), in partnership with Instituto de Solidariedade e Cooperação Universitária (Institute of Solidarity and Cooperation between Universities) and the support of Associação Portuguesa de Qualidade (Portuguese Quality Association).
This seal results from a system of identification, analysis and evaluation of the quality of management practices of volunteer programs, to which voluntary organizations can apply.
External recognition is a stimulus to continue working on Corporate Volunteering, with a focus on the challenges of our communities, and in alignment with the EDP Group's Social Investment and People Management Strategy.