A more sustainable planet is not possible without social justice. Therefore, volunteering plays a crucial role in building sustainability and changing tomorrow now.
This is a commitment taken on by EDP Group in its various geographies - but this commitment cannot materialize without the involvement of the company's employees, who play a crucial role in our Volunteer Program.
We believe that volunteering can make a difference on the planet, contributing to the development and transformation of the communities where we operate, while also involving our employees, their talents and skills to multiply the purpose and meaning of what we do.
That's why we say: We #DareToVolunteer.
Wanting to change tomorrow
The first EDP volunteering project was rolled out in 2005, when we co-founded Junior Achievement Portugal - the Portuguese avatar of the Junior Achievement project.
Encouraged by the results of these first experiences, we officially created the EDP Volunteer Program in 2010, on the eve of the 'European Year of Volunteering.' Back then it was decided that four working hours a month would be earmarked for volunteer work, and that very same year nine countries held their first Christmas Campaign.
Since then, the number of participants and individual/institutional beneficiaries has been rising steadily. Thanks to volunteer work, we are changing tomorrow now in Portugal, Brazil, Spain and other countries where EDP Renováveis operates.
We dare to tell our stories
This Christmas we dare to make people smile
The Christmas Campaign is a tradition of our Volunteer Programme and has been held for 10 years in the communities where EDP operates.
At EDP we are sure of the importance of smiling and making people smile. For this reason, this year, in the 11th EDP Christmas Campaign we adopted the motto:
I Dare to Make You Smile
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.