- The donation is one of the initiatives in the company’s 25-million-euro Public Responsibility Plan which is providing materials, services, equipment and infrastructure to the fight against Covid-19.
- The money is an injection of direct aid made in addition to other materials and donations, like the one made to the Red Cross.
- This initiative is an addition to existing efforts which include electrification of field hospitals, free power for medicalised hotels, not cutting off residential customers due to non-payment and offering more flexible conditions to SMEs, the self-employed and families in need
Endesa has donated 100 sophisticated ventilators manufactured by General Electric Healthcare to the governments of Madrid Region, Catalonia and Andalusia. It has already received 300,000 masks from China as part of the purchase of two million masks made a few days ago in response to the health emergency created by Covid-19. A total of 1.2 million masks will be delivered to the National Institute of Health Management (Ingesa), part of the Ministry of Health, and the remainder will go directly to the autonomous regions.
Both initiatives fall within the Company’s 25-million-euro Public Responsibility Plan to assist with purchases of materials, also offering special supply conditions and making donations to help relieve the main health and social needs caused by the health crisis.
The company will support public service teams (local police, military emergencies unit, civil protection, others) with the materials, vehicles and services they need to tackle this epidemic.
Implementation of the Action Plan
The first phase of the Action Plan will provide immediate and urgent aid in three areas:
- Donations of materials and services Endesa is using its logistics and procurement capacity at home and abroad, as well as qualified personnel and the necessary means to obtain:
- Protective equipment for healthcare workers and public service personnel (gowns, masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Supplies for treatment of hospitalised patients (ventilators, tests, drugs, etc.).
- Special energy supply conditions for care homes, hospitals and medicalised hotels. Endesa makes its capacity to provide energy to health facilities available to public services.
- Equipment and personnel to provide a secure electrical supply in field hospitals and medicalised hotels (generators, increase in power, repairs, etc.).
- Free supply during the state of alarm to medicalised hotels that are Endesa customers.
- Financial donations to institutions, organisations and health centres to help cover previously identified urgent basic needs.
According to the CEO of Endesa, José Bogas, “we are in the midst of a very serious health, economic and social situation, unprecedented in recent history. That is why Endesa has designed an action plan specifying the most useful initiatives we can launch. There is no question we will be able to keep all our promises to our customers and the public.
The Endesa Action Plan is one of several initiatives that the Enel Group is implementing to deal with the emergency in the countries where it operates, offering specific support to authorities and communities while acting to ensure the continuity of the service.
Actions already underway
This new initiative joins several others that the company has recently launched. Also within the health field, Endesa has stepped in to provide emergency electricity supplies to field hospitals, in addition to establishing a special operation to guarantee the continuity of the electricity supply in this type of facility. It is also providing free electricity and gas to medicalised hotels that are helping to alleviate the health crisis, and to Hall 7 at Fira de Barcelona, which has been fitted out to shelter homeless people.
Endesa has donated 500,000 euros to the 'Cruz Roja Responde' programme to help 25,000 Spanish families in a vulnerable situation due to the current health, social and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.
The social integration arm of the Red Cross programme meets basic needs and helps those who need it most. Endesa employees are invited to contribute to this Red Cross programme with micro-donations through a website created in response to requests from staff for ways to make personal contributions to the company's global efforts.
Endesa has also donated a total of 2.5 million euros to the regional governments of Madrid and Catalonia, the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, to step up their fight against the pandemic.
It has also stopped cutting off residential customers who are unable to pay their bills and is offering more flexible payment terms to SMEs, the self-employed and families in need. The company has also provided telematic alternatives so that no one has to leave home to interact with Endesa, making case-by-cases analyses of its business customers, making immediate payments to service providers in the customer services and sales areas, and making donations to local hospitals from the company’s plants .
Endesa has also stepped up the operation of its distribution control and energy control centres and generation plants to ensure the electricity supply in the regions in which it operates (Aragón, Andalusia and part of Extremadura, Balearic Islands, Canary, Catalonia, Galicia and Castilla y León). It has also doubled its renewable generation control centre, located in Madrid, with a mirror centre in Santiago de Compostela.
Once the health problem, which is now the most pressing, has been overcome, Endesa is considering other measures aimed at alleviating the effects that the economic crisis will have on the most vulnerable customers.
Endesa, through its Foundation, is already focused on helping the most vulnerable groups it works with and alleviating the effects of the crisis on those most in need. Therefore, in collaboration with organisations and partners of the Foundation, Endesa will provide Cáritas with 100,000 euros, the SAFA Foundation in Andalusia with 270,000 euros for families, the Integra Foundation with 45,000 euros and, within the Retotech programme, printers will be donated to schools and colleges to make protective visors for health workers and aid organisations. Last Thursday 2,000 units were delivered to the IFEMA hospital, and they are being manufactured at a rate of one thousand per day.