Wind and solar energies create a positive impact on the local economies in terms of turnover, Gross Value Added (GVA), employment created and also in terms of energy security.
Land leases and taxes are a large contribution to the yearly budget for the municipalities where it is present. In addition, EDPR devoted 1.4 million Euros in social projects to support education and community related activities in 2013.
EDPR has developed its own original and comprehensive education support strategy, with different programs related to the renewable energy that have been implemented in areas where we are developing or we have operational projects.
During 2013, EDPR has continued with the third edition of its Green Education program, providing education grants to 90 students from Spain, Romania, Poland and Portugal based on their academic merits and financial situation. This program creates strong ties with the communities. In June 2013, Tarifa city council awarded EDPR a recognition and gratitude in this regards.
EDPR also promoted the education of students on the fundamentals of renewable energy. The Kid Wind initiative in the US, committed more than 60 thousand US dollars in scholarships to schools brings the science behind renewable energy into their classroom curricula.
Our education strategy is completed with our EDP University Challenge contest, where EDPR wants to promote excellence among university students and establish a collaboration framework between the company and the academic world. In this eighth edition 84 teams, with 245 students and 60 professors, coming from 41 different universities participated. The company devoted 68 thousand euros to this program, which can be followed through its own web site www.edpr-universitychallenge.es.
PARTICIPATING IN THE COMMUNITY
Becoming part of a community implies to host our stakeholders in our facilities, organizing visits and events, and participate and support our neighbouring communities’ special occasions. During 2013, EDPR hosted visits from schools, such as the visit form MN’s elementary school visited the Pioneer Prairie & Prairie Star Wind Farms, were different activities were prepared by EDPR volunteers, so we transmitted how the wind farm was managed and operated. This educational visit represented the first in a series of forthcoming educationally based partnerships with local schools in the US.
In addition, EDPR hosted a “Global Wind Day” as part of a worldwide initiative, in order to promote awareness for wind energy. Wind farms Pioneer Prairie and Prairie Star in North America and Rabosera in Europe held educational and recreational activities attended by students, general public, legislators and journalists.
EDPR also participated in a wide range of sponsorship and volunteering activities with the communities. As such, in 2013 we sponsored local fairs (Expofacic fair in Portugal), cultural events (Wiatrakalia music festival in Poland), sporting events (French National Track Cycling championships), and charitable events (Save the Children dinner in Romania). Some of these contributions also include social volunteering from our employees, like it was the volunteering at local food banks in Houston and Madrid.
In between our two social strategies, the support to education and our involvement in the community, we have a range of activities aiming to share our knowledge. This refers to our participation and/or sponsorship of several conferences and workshops. We have contributed by sharing our knowledge in order to improve biodiversity protection, the adoption of socially responsible practices and the promotion of renewable energy.
EDPR has joined Fundación EDP together with EDP and its subsidiary companies in Spain. Fundación EDP was created in November 2013 as an evolution of the former Fundación HC.
The Mission of Fundación EDP is to reinforce the commitment of EDP Group as regards to education, culture, social and environment in its geographical areas of activity.
Fundación EDP has planned for 2014 to directly develop activities in Spain for 2.7 million Euros, being EDPR an important contributor to these activities.
SO1 – NATURE, SCOPE, AND EFFECTIVENESS OF ANY PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES THAT ASSESS AND MANAGE THE IMPACTS OF OPERATIONS ON COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING ENTERING, OPERATING, AND EXITING.
Wind farm energy is a long lasting economic development driver for the municipalities where it is present. EDPR has different programs in place to assess and manage the impact on communities, and to maximize the shared value of our projects. For example, EDPR supports the development of the supply chain in the region in order to maximize the value retained by our operations.
For example, grievance mechanisms during operation are also available to ensure that suggestions or complaints are properly recorded and addressed. This allows us not only to solve the complaints but to introduce improvements in our processes. A good example is the way we handle the complaints related to possible interferences with TV signal in France. We have set a procedure involving the town halls to facilitate and speed up the collection of these complaints as soon as they arise, a proper analysis and communication with the plaintiff and a fast satisfactory resolution.
SO2 -PERCENTAGE AND TOTAL NUMBER OF BUSINESS UNITS ANALYSED FOR RISKS RELATED TO CORRUPTION.
EDPR’s Code of Ethics applies to all employees and business units. The code is published on the company’s intranet and is included in the welcome pack given to all new hires, as it needs to be signed by all of them when entering the company. In the Code of Ethics, active and passive corruption is forbidden, either through acts and omissions or through the creation of situations of benefit or illicit influence.
SO3 -PERCENTAGE OF EMPLOYEES TRAINED IN ORGANIZATION’S ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
Additional information on the Code of Ethics and the Ethics Channel can be found at the Corporate Governance Section of this report, II. Reporting Of Irregularities or visit our ethics information on the corporate governance section, in our website, www.edpr.com.
SO4 -ACTIONS TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO INCIDENTS OF CORRUPTION.
EDPR has no knowledge of any corruption-related incidents recorded during 203.
Moreover, the company has internal procedures to monitor compliance with the Code of Ethics and defines actions to be taken in case of incidents.
SO5 -PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS AND PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND LOBBYING.
The renewable industry has been subject to public debate all over the world. EDPR is committed to contributing to public policy dialogue with key public institutions and local communities, generating effective initiatives and policy solutions that promote the development of renewable energy.
We are aware that only through legal and regulatory certainty, will we be able to provide a sustainable business in the long term, consistently adding value for all our stakeholders and providing a contribution in the challenge to provide clean and sustainable energy.
SO6 -TOTAL VALUE OF FINANCIAL AND IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS TO POLITICAL PARTIES, POLITICIANS, AND RELATED INSTITUTIONS BY COUNTRY.
EDPR made no contributions to political parties in 2013.
SO7 -TOTAL NUMBER OF LEGAL ACTIONS FOR ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOUR, ANTI-TRUST, AND MONOPOLY PRACTICES AND THEIR OUTCOMES.
EDPR has no knowledge of any legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust or monopoly practices recorded during 2013.
SO8 -MONETARY VALUE OF SIGNIFICANT FINES AND TOTAL NUMBER OF NON-MONETARY SANCTIONS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND REGULATIONS.
During 2013, the company received a total penalty of 261,666 euros mainly tax- related.