EDP Renewables 2013 Annual Report

Human Capital

To attract, develop and retain talent is a main goal of EDPR’s Human Resources strategy. At EDPR, our people are very important and we, as a responsible employer, want to retain them by offering quality employment that can be balanced with personal life.

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Despite a difficult macroeconomic environment, our employee base increased by three percent over last year to reach 890. New employees have the opportunity to join a company with a strong work culture that emphasizes team work within a diverse environment represented by 24 nationalities.

We strive to offer our workforce with opportunities to develop professionally and to assume new roles to reach the company’s goals. Our employees are distributed globally as 24% of our employees work at EDPR Holding, 44% within the European Platform, 29% within the North American Platform and 2% in Brazil. All are encouraged to take advantage of the functional and geographic mobility opportunities so they can assume more responsibilities.



As part of the employee recruiting strategy, EDPR is committed to hiring the brightest people and seeks potential employees attending top universities and business schools. We have carried out different initiatives to enhance employer branding by participating in different Employer forums and hosting visits from top-tier universities. EDPR offers an internship program aimed at giving young professionals work experience and potentially identifying future employees with growth potential who can contribute to the future development of the business.

EDPR hires talented individuals who are passionate about the industry and share our vision and purpose. When hiring, the company takes into account not only the specific job skills for a certain position but also the behavioural skills, which are at the base of the organisational culture. As a company devoted to sustainability, EDPR aims to combine career goals with company values.

  • Team Oriented Environment: EDPR promotes an environment based on team building.
  • Career Development: EDPR recognizes the importance of career development, helps employees acquire knowledge to master the business, and rewards employees for their innovation, hard work and performance.
  • Diversity: EDPR has a diverse team, with employees from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.
  • Sustainability: EDPR aims to encourage environmental, economic and social stewardship by its employees.

At EDPR, we hire top talent ensuring a non-discriminatory selection processes. This is confirmed in the Code of Ethics which contains specific clauses of non-discrimination and equal opportunities in line with the company’s culture of diversity.

In 2013, EDPR hired 91 employees, 32% of which are women. EDPR additionally offered 87 long term internships and 18 summer internships.


EDPR has a strong company culture, and wants new hires to be able to understand this culture and quickly adopt it in their day-to-day activities. To encourage this, new hires are involved in a number of workshops and team building activities aimed at improving integration and gaining a better understanding of the company.

Our Welcome Day, a three day event for new hires, allows new employees to obtain basic knowledge of the company, our business, and depending on the employee’s profile, a visit to one of the wind farms or the remote control dispatch centre. During 2013, EDPR introduced a new integration tool called the Induction Plan. New hires spend a few days at the corporate headquarters and are guided by colleagues from different areas to learn key aspects of their job and gain a better understanding of their work and how it contributes to the mission of EDPR.




EDPR is committed to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package to recognize the work and talent of our employees. The compensation policy addresses the needs of local markets and provides flexibility to adapt to the specifics of each region. In addition to a fixed base compensation, there is a variable component that depends on a performance evaluation measured against the company’s performance, area and individual KPIs.

Our performance based compensation is an important tool to promote a greater focus from our employees on not only the company’s objectives but personal and team objectives as well. In order to be competitive in the marketplace and recruit the best talent, EDPR reviews and benchmarks itself against local markets in order to offer the most attractive benefits packages. For example, in 2013, EDPR extended the coverage of its life and accident insurances to 100% of the employees.


At EDPR, we understand the importance of maintaining a balance between work and personal commitments. This understanding has led to an increase of employees’ satisfaction, while boosting productivity, and morale.

EDPR has work-life balance programs and aims to constantly improve and provide the most suitable benefits to employees. Often specific benefits are only applicable to certain countries in which EDPR is present. As an example of normalizing key benefits across the countries, EDPR employees in the United States can now enjoy extended maternity leave, as it is a common practice in Europe.

Since 2011, EDPR’s practices have been recognized with the Family Responsible Employer Certification (EFR- Empresa Familiarmente Responsable) by the MásFamilia Foundation, in Spain. This certification reflects EDPR’s commitment to promote a healthy work-life balance for its employees. EDPR stood out for its effectiveness in terms of scheduling flexibility, family support, equal opportunities and its ambitious policy of continuous improvement.

EDPR does not limit itself to only providing benefits to the community through the construction of new wind farms and solar plants. Employees are also encouraged to actively participate in their communities and to be responsive and aware of emerging needs through many volunteering initiatives sponsored by EDPR’s Volunteering Program.

Employees can choose from several campaigns to donate financially or participate directly in volunteering opportunities held during working hours or weekends. For example, during the Christmas holidays, a campaign was started in partnership with a NGO to raise fund for a social initiative in South America.






Assessing the potential of our talented pool of employees is a fundamental tool in people management. The purpose of the annual Potential Appraisal is to prepare employees to achieve his/her top potential development based on a set of strategic skills. All of EDPR’s employees, regardless of their professional category, are evaluated yearly to determine their development potential by providing the most suitable training. EDPR creates tailored development plan to address specific needs. The potential assessment process is independent from performance appraisal and is based on a 360 degree evaluation model which considers feedback from oneself, peers, subordinates and the manager.


Each year a customized Training Plan is created based on the results of the potential performance assessment. The plan provides a framework for managing training within the company, in close alignment with the business strategy.

When defining our strategy for the future, we strive to align current and future demands of the organization with our employees’ capabilities while fulfilling their professional development expectations and supporting their continuous improvement. EDPR is committed to offer employees an attractive career plan, as well as advanced education and training opportunities.


In 2013, the number of training hours increased to 29,298, representing 33 hours of training per employee. Almost 95% of our employees received training during 2013. Internal training accounted for 10,993 hours.

Promoting talent from within is a strategic choice to ensure the long term advancement of EDPR. Recognizing that future leaders of EDPR could be present in the existing talent pool, a specific training program (HIPO) is essential to developing the skills of these high potential employees. In 2013, EDPR launched an innovative coaching program for those in the HIPO program. The objective is to enhance the professional  development and soft skills through one on one coaching/mentoring session with a senior leader.


In 2013, the Renewable Energy School had gained relevance as a tool aimed at sharing internal knowledge and fostering networking opportunities. The School has now established itself as a platform for knowledge sharing and exchange of best practices across the company and has been tasked with delivering the core programme within the defined EDPR employees’ Training Roadmap.

The objective of the EDP University training is to familiarize employees with the core business of the company and to broaden their horizons by providing them with an overview of the strategic challenges that the company faces.

During 2013, the Renewable Energy School delivered 34 training sessions across Europe and the US, representing 7,444 hours and a total of 761 attendances. During this period, the School engaged 67 internal experts as trainers for these courses and has successfully implemented the strategy of reaching out to EDPR local offices by organizing courses in 8 different locations.


All our employees are covered by our performance evaluation system that collects information from several data sources to evaluate employee performance.

In the context of fostering workers’ growth through diversity of experience, EDPR encourages professional mobility. To support the global growth strategy, mobility is of upmost importance as a powerful tool to share EDPR culture and best practices with new markets where we plan to enter.

During 2013, 41 employees had functional or geographical mobility including 10 new expats. EDPR now has a total of 25 expats.


Based on the feedback of our employees, we have organized during 2013 meetings sessions between our employees and the CEO. During these meetings, employees are given the opportunity to share their point of view of the business from their positions and learn about the strategy of the company and how this relates to their day-to-day tasks. This is a great opportunity for employees to better understand their impact on the business. In Spain, 53% of our employees already had the chance to meet the CEO. This initiative has already started in other EDPR geographies. The feedback received from our employees is very positive.

At EDPR, it is important to have open lines of communications with employees. Different measures were implemented to gather and analyse opinions and suggestions. EDPR’s CEO is keen on connecting with employees and will regularly hold organized meetings with a small group of employees to discuss important issues in an open forum. Continuous feedback between areas, through various means, is important to eliminate silos and encourage greater and more efficient teamwork.

In addition to open communication channels established between employees, satisfaction surveys are conducted every two years to gather opinions and gain an understanding of the motivation and satisfaction level of employees. The participation rate in this year’s survey reached 95% with a satisfaction score of 77%.

In addition, EDPR continued among the 50 best companies to work in the GPTW Rankings in Spain, UK and Poland, where we pursued this recognition.

EDPR’s ability to attract, develop, and retain talent is a testament to its commitment to excelling in all areas. It’s no wonder that EDPR continues to be among the 50 best companies to work for as determined by the Great Place to Work rankings. A motivated workforce aligned with the company’s strategy is one of the key drivers behind our ability to deliver on results during 2013.