- The company received the Best Practices recognition from Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía (Mexican Center for Philanthropy) (Cemefi) for its Luces de Esperanza (Lights of Hope) rural community electrification program.
- It also received a special mention for the Impulso STEM (STEM Boost) project, which provides young people from the state with university scholarships.
Mexico City, September 29, 2021 – Iberdrola Mexico’s social initiatives, Luces de Esperanza (Lights of Hope) and Impulso STEM (STEM Boost), were recognized today by the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía A.C. (Mexican Center for Philanthropy) (Cemefi) and the Alianza por Responsabilidad Social Empresarial en México (Alliance for Business Social Responsibility in Mexico) (AliaRse).
Luces de Esperanza (Lights of Hope) was acclaimed as the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practice 2021 in the sectorial or inter-company alliances category, considering that it was developed in a creative and innovative manner, contributes to the company’s sustainable management, positively impacts all its related recipients and, at the same time, works with the success of the business.
Under this program, which has an 80 million peso investment over five years, Iberdrola Mexico is bringing electricity to rural communities in Oaxaca and San Luis Potosi that do not have access to this utility by installing autonomous solar systems in homes, health centers, schools and community facilities.
In Oaxaca, this initiative will help improve quality of life and economic development for 6,000 people. Solar panels were installed in 95 homes during the initial phase of the program, and work is already underway on a second phase that will benefit a hundred families.
Impulso STEM (STEM Boost) is another initiative recognized by Cemefi with an investment of 15 million pesos. It is being developed jointly with the Universidad Tecnológica de los Valles Centrales de Oaxaca (UTVCO) and the Instituto de Energías Renovables (Renewable Energy Institute) (IER) of the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico).
This program seeks to increase training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), so that young people in Oaxacan, especially women, can get involved in engineering through various lines of action, such as university scholarships, teacher training and the creation of courses and workshops.
In August of this year, Iberdrola Mexico and the government of Oaxaca awarded 20 scholarships as part of their ambitious plan that includes the granting of 100 scholarships between 2020 and 2024 for Oaxacan students to study degree courses such as Sustainable and Protected Agriculture, Information Technology, Renewable Energy, Mechatronics and Bio-food Technologies at UTVCO.
“We are proud to receive these awards and are more committed than ever to our goal of helping improve quality of life in the communities we operate in. Access to energy and quality education is fundamental for the development and well-being of Mexican families”, noted Paola Martínez, Iberdrola Mexico’s Director of Communications and Social Responsibility.
The aim of these awards from Cemefi and AliaRse is to recognize companies behind initiatives and programs that help the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the company and its stakeholders, disseminate a new culture of socially responsible business and inspire more companies to adopt and develop similar strategies that boost and strengthen the culture of Corporate Social Responsibility, especially with regard to education.