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 30000 entries, totaling more than 225.000 volunteering hours, and has partnered with over 1800 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.
EDP's Christmas Volunteer Campaign has been in existence for 7 years, and is taking place in several countries where EDP is present, during November and December.
EDP volunteers, friends and family, are challenged to leave the office to contribute to common and local causes, with the goal of celebrating Christmas, humanizing this time with those most in need, especially institutionalized people, at risk of social exclusion and/or vulnerable.
In addition to the initiatives designed and proposed by the management team, employees can also propose causes and actions.
In 2017, in addition to the preparation and delivery of Christmas baskets, solidarity gatherings, parties, walks and space rehabilitation, our volunteers were also present in the areas affected by fires in Portugal, following an emergency response organized by the company in July of the same year.
In Portugal, 1,095 EDP volunteers were joined by 180 friends, family members, EDP retirees and partners, who offered more than 10,000 hours of their time, divided into 84 initiatives throughout the country. Everybody's energy and commitment made it possible to offer a happier Christmas to more than 6,000 people from 67 organizations.
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.