United Nations Day

76 years of the United Nations

October 24 marks the 76th anniversary of the creation the United Nations (UN), whose mission is to help resolve issues affecting the world in a peaceful manner. This is why the UN itself has set Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a roadmap that, in addition to the work of governments, includes society and companies such as Iberdrola Mexico, to work on addressing issues such as climate change and poverty.

As a result, both within and outside the company, we are taking steps to raise awareness and help reaching the SDGs, which our employees have taken as their own. Proof of this commitment can be found in the replies provided from two of our coworkers from different power plants, on how we are trying to meet these global goals at the company.

Which SDG do you think represents Iberdrola Mexico and why?

Ana Victoria (Escobedo combined cycle power plant): In order, it would be 7, affordable and clean energy; 13, climate action; and 4, quality education, because the company is currently promoting the generation of energy with lower carbon emissions, and this goes hand in hand with measures against climate change. With regard to education, Iberdrola Mexico works extensively with society, for example, Impulso STEM (STEM Boost), the scholarship program in Oaxaca that helps young people to study degree courses such as engineering, in addition to the project Construir para Educar (Build to Educate), to enable students to take classes under better conditions.

Álvaro (Wind Farms in Oaxaca): The main SDGs we are working on are 3, good health and well-being, as during the pandemic we have donated oxygen tanks, ventilators for intensive care and sanitary material such as face masks and antibacterial gel. Also, there is 6, clean water and sanitation; for example, a water well was reconditioned in Cuyoaco, highlighting how important this matter is for the company. I also think it is important to mention 8, decent work and economic growth, because the company holds workshops on agriculture and rural improvement. Finally, I would mention 9, industry, innovation and infrastructure, because of all the road surfacing and drainage works carried out in different communities around the country.

Which SDG would you like to contribute to as a worker and in your personal life?

AV (CCPP Escobedo): Mainly 3, good health and well-being, because I have seen how we help improve conditions for the elderly through donations and volunteer work at nursing homes.

A (Oaxaca): I think that right now it is important to contribute to SDG 3 because we can continue taking steps to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic, which is important for the development of indigenous communities.

How do you think the SDGs contribute to creating a better world?

AV (CCC Escobedo): With actions like the ones we carry out in the company, be they donations of food, educational programs or electrification projects, we can address problems such as poverty. I believe that the more knowledge we have about the SDGs, the greater the contributions of companies and society in general.

A (Oaxaca): Aligning ourselves as a company to these goals enables us to leave a positive long-term footprint and contribute to a better world.

The work of the UN should be praised given its impact on an individual level by reassuring employees like Ana and Álvaro that they can contribute to a better world from both within and outside the company.

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