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We encourage projects that will bring progress to the local environment of the places in which we operate.
Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable development goals
ODS 4: Quality education
ODS 7: Affordable and clean energy
ODS 8: Decent work and economic growth
ODS 15: Life on land
ODS 17: Partnerships for the goals
Sustainability projects accompany the business, generating value for the local community. They are particularly focused on vulnerable groups (vulnerable families, children and young people, elderly, unemployed, people with disabilities, new entrepreneurs, etc.). They are managed in partnership with the social representatives of the communities. And with clear and measurable benefits for society and returns in the company and with systematic and transparent accountability adequately communicated to society.
Our Sustainability projects and initiatives are implemented in the different territories where the Company operates and for each of the company's Business areas, and by the ENDESA Foundation.
Also, in the last two years we have implemented emergency plans to address critical situations arising from extraordinary events that occurred in the area, which significantly affect the local community.
We have four categories of sustainability projects and initiatives, all of which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Also, in three of these we have a public commitment to achieve from a social standpoint, having established a level of achievement of beneficiaries of these projects in the 2015-2030 period (Access to energy, Socioeconomic Development and Education).
The development and well-being of society is impossible without access to basic goods like energy. In this regard, we promote initiatives, in line with our core business, that minimise the economic barriers faced by vulnerable groups, offer training and education with regard to energy, ensure access to technology and infrastructure, promote energy efficiency and raise awareness about its use. In 2021, ENDESA invested more than Euro 2.5 million in social projects in this sphere, and managed 41 initiatives benefiting more than 245,000 people.
It is worth noting that 16 of these projects were focused on minimising economic barriers preventing access to energy for vulnerable groups, as a result of the commitment to alleviate situations of energy poverty through training, advice and freezing supply cuts for people with payment defaults, beyond that required by law. In 2021, more than 206,000 people benefited from this type of action.
Also, in the category of "Access to energy", we promote initiatives such as employability and job creation in the energy sector: the subcategory "Training and training in the field of energy" includes courses, internships and the creation of professional opportunities for unemployed people. In 2021, we invested more than Euro 634,000 in 15 projects of this kind that have helped more than 8,000 people.
Commitment to the socio-economic development of the communities where we are present falls under Sustainable Development Goal 8. We have launched initiatives that promote their progress through the support, generation and creation of local economic fabric and programmes that promote employability and job creation.
In this way we contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 8, establishing a public commitment of 1.9 million beneficiaries from this type of project for the 2015-2030 period.
This includes non-energy projects that support the creation of employment, the development of infrastructure, the transfer of skills and training and support for local business activities.
In 2021, we invested around Euro 2.7 million according to the LBG methodology in this type of initiative, accounting for 19% of all investments, through 105 projects (compared to 93 in 2020) that benefited more than 273,000 people. Of these, 48 projects form part of the second phase of the ENDESA Public Responsibility Plan in response to COVID-19, implemented in 2020, focused on reactivating society and the economy that have benefited more than 80,000 people.
We are committed to promoting access to inclusive and quality education, through support for training activities that involve students, families, schools and universities, and the promotion of academic training, in general, not related to energy. In this way ENDESA contributes to the Sustainable Development Goal 4, establishing a public commitment of 0.87 million beneficiaries from this type of project for the 2015-2030 period.
In 2021, in line with the LBG methodology, the company invested around Euro 1.76 million in this type of project, which accounts for 13% of its social investment, organising 34 actions which helped more than 87,000 people.
We support local communities by promoting projects intended to improve the well-being of people and communities while maintaining their cultural identity, preserving their heritage, protecting the environment and local biodiversity, promoting sports and healthy habits and supporting the fulfilment of basic needs.
When carrying out these actions, we use our knowledge and awareness of the circumstances in each location and partner with the main social organisations in the area in which we operate, supported by our regional units. This line of action has had an investment of more than Euro 6.8 million, 78 projects managed and more than 556 thousand beneficiaries.
The activity carried out in 2021 included thirteen actions focused on alleviating critical situations involving families and people at risk of exclusion, with an investment of about Euro 373,000, while we also maintained our support for culture, taking part in initiatives such as sponsorship of the Teatro Real, Friends of the Prado Museum and the Palau de la Música Catalana. We also carried out nine initiatives that benefitted nearly 78,000 people in the field of health and managed 40 environmental and biodiversity protection initiatives in which we invested around Euro 4 million.