Neoenergia ends 2020 with a positive balance
of voluntary actions promoted by the company. Engaged with social initiatives
for the benefit of the community, employees were the protagonists of a year
full of solidarity and hope for all those who needed some kind of support
throughout the period. As a result of the pandemic, caused by the new Coronavirus, voluntary work became even more
essential and the mobilization reached around 100 actions and 1800
participations of employees and their families throughout Brazil. The Program
supported more than 90 institutions. Together, employees, the Group and Neoenergia Institute donated over R$ 1 million Brazilian
reais to vulnerable families served by the Transforma Brasil Fund.
The letters with words of
affection and motivation sent to the elderly in nursing homes in Rio de
Janeiro, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte were one of the highlights, and
brought a lot of emotion. The action, entitled Sorrisos (Smiles), was promoted by the
company's Volunteering Program and benefited 90 elderly people, with 110
letters. In addition, dozens of employees joined forces in their localities and
carried out 24 direct actions to deliver food and hygiene products in the
countryside of Bahia, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte. To close the year,
the company carried out the traditional Solidarity Tree action in more than 40
cities, with over 1500 children and the elderly benefited from Christmas gifts.
“It was a very challenging
year, in all areas of our lives. Therefore, contributing to the support of the
most vulnerable people and the development of a society with more collectivity,
especially in this period, when solidarity is even more necessary, is extremely
important. The emotional reward we felt and the engagement of our employees is
very rewarding”, highlights Clayton Urbano Freire, Internal Communication
manager at Neoenergia.
In Rio de Janeiro, the
letters were sent to the elderly women living at
Lar Mãe Ritinha, an
institution that has been operating since 1976, in the district of Irajá, in
the capital. In Pernambuco, residents of the Abrigo Espírita Batista de
Carvalho, located in Recife, were benefited. In Natal, in Rio Grande do
Norte, Lar da Vovozinha was selected.
Other important action was the Contest for the Good, a competition involving Neoenergia's companies, where the winner would be that who earn more points. The donation was delivered to the network of BR Invisível NOGs, who assists people living in the streets through the following institutions: Campinas Invisível (SP), Rio Invisível (RJ), Salvador Invisível (BA), RN Invisível (RN) e Unificados PSR Recife (PE), além do Desafio Jovem Caruaru, Fazenda da Esperança and ILPI São Vicente de Paulo. 30.2 thousand hygiene items were among the items collected by the volunteers.
“Neoenergia volunteers showed their commitment and made our events throughout the year very successful. Volunteering is a powerful people development tool in which our company believes in and invests in", he adds.
The worldwide volunteer
carried out in September by Iberdrola, Neoenergia’s parent company, with
the theme "Committed to the environment, inclusion and social
emergency". Over a week, the Group promoted activities to stimulate the
engagement of employees from all over the world. The action involved a total of
four thousand employees in ten countries: Brazil, Spain, Mexico, United States,
United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Greece and Portugal.
This year, the actions were
carried out remotely, at home or in the neighborhood where employees live.
Everyone received health and safety guidelines, such as the mandatory wearing
of masks in case they had to leave home.
In a partnership with Transforma Brasil, Neoenergia carries out other volunteering projects
linked to five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by U.N., with a
particular focus on SDG 7, that ensures the access to energy in reliable,
sustainable and affordable manner for all, and SDG 13, focused in actions for
combating climate change and its impacts. Additionally, it has programs focused
on SDG 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality) and 10 (Reduced