Our principles

The appropriate energy solutions for the different markets in which EDP operates require a simultaneous response to a number of challenges:

  • Market liberalization in the context of increasingly globalized, competitive, and regulated economies;
  • Worldwide growing energy demand and the ensuing need for innovation and optimized resource management;
  • Greater scrutiny from society regarding social and environmental management;
  • The need to reduce the company's ecological footprint and to cooperate in fighting both climate change and biodiversity loss around the world;
  • The need to strengthen the trust of various stakeholders in corporate governance systems.

In order to meet these challenges, EDP has established a set of sustainable development principles to be applied in different areas:

1. Economic and social value

  • To continuously create value for shareholders. 
  • To improve resource use efficiency and reduce risk exposure.
  • To improve the company's competitiveness, in particular by providing top-notch services and anticipating customer expectations and needs.
  • To integrate environmental and social aspects into planning and decision-making processes.
  • To contribute to improving the quality of life of local communities.

2. Eco-efficiency and environmental protection

  • To promote the use of renewable energy sources and of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies.
  • To improve consumers' energy efficiency.
  • To manage the impact of the company's activities by seeking a positive environmental balance.
  • To actively contribute to environmental and biodiversity conservation.
  • To improve environmental management practices across the value chain. 

3. Innovation

  • To promote innovation and creativity while seeking new market opportunities and process improvements. 
  • To implement collaborative practices in all design, production and service delivery stages. 
  • To support energy-related research, technological development, and knowledge management.

4. Integrity and good governance

  • To comply with legal requirements and ethical/deontological standards.
  • To respect and promote human rights in our sphere of influence.
  • To ensure participatory, competent and ethical governance practices.

5. Transparency and dialogue

  • To ensure an open and trustful relationship with all stakeholders.
  • To create communication channels for all stakeholders and to take their contributions and expectations into account.
  • To report the company's economic, environmental and social performance in a transparent and objective way.

6. Human capital and diversity

  • To promote integrity, rigor, individual responsibility and teamwork while encouraging diversity.
  • To promote the development of employees' skills and to recognize excellence and merit.
  • To improve the health, safety and well-being of all employees.
  • To reject abusive and discriminatory practices, ensuring equal opportunities.
  • To promote employee satisfaction and motivation.

7. Energy access

  • To promote access to quality energy in a reliable and safe way.
  • To adapt the company's commercial policies to each market's social specificities.
  • To ensure equal access to energy and energy systems.

8. Social development and citizenship

  • To promote social innovation while maximizing the activity's positive social impact.
  • To support social and cultural initiatives based on transparent evaluation criteria focusing on the social return of invested resources.
  • To cooperate in the development of sustainable societies.