- Company launches #TogetherInTheSameEnergy package with initiatives focusing on preventing and fighting Covid-19 in the country
- Enel will be investing 12.2 million Brazilian reais to support health centres, to carry out prevention measures on local communities as well as to engage employees.
- The company will also dedicate 11.2 million Brazilian reais for energy efficiency works at hospitals treating coronavirus patients.
- In partnership with other energy companies, Enel Brasil has already donated 3 million BRL for the production of quick tests made by the health and social development foundation Fiocruz
Niterói, April 16th, 2020 – Enel Brasil, one of the largest private groups in the country’s energy industry, has announced a package of initiatives in order to help the country to face the coronavirus in Brazil. Through the #TogetherInTheSameEnergy campaign, Enel will dedicate 23.4 million Brazilian reais towards actions that include the distribution of hygiene products to local communities where its companies operate, the donation of personal protection equipment (PPE) to health professionals, the support of small production groups making protective masks, as well as the development of online courses for communities. In partnership with other companies from the energy sector, Enel Brasil has also donated 3 million BRL to the production of quick tests made by the health and social development foundation Fiocruz.
Sustainability is one of the strategic pillars of Enel’s business model, which is based on the commitments undertaken with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as part of the 2030 Agenda. The action plan for the pandemic period in Brazil is part of this strategy that is focused in promoting the sustainable development, involving the whole company’s business chain.
As part of the movement #TogetherInTheSameEnergy, Enel will donate, through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power, equipment for ICU beds in regional hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 in the countryside of Piauí, the state where the company is building South America’s largest solar and wind plants. The company will also make PPE available to health professionals in the region, as well as quick tests, food hampers for at-risk families in the state and personal hygiene products for residents in the communities around the plants.
Enel Brasil will also donate 13,800 handcrafted protection masks to institutions that support at-risk people in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Ceará. The material is being produced by craft groups from the three states, through the Enel Shares Entrepreneurship project, one of the initiatives developed by the company to promote income generation within communities. Costurando Sonhos (“Sewing Dreams”), which is one of the craft groups to be supported by Enel, operates in Paraisópolis, that is one of the largest shantytowns in Brazil. The masks, made of tricoline (cotton), can reduce the spread of the new coronavirus by asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people. In addition to the masks, the donation includes a tutorial about the correct use of the masks, with tips on hygiene and prevention recommended by the World Health Organization.
Also within the Enel Shares platform, the company has adapted some of its projects so that the communities supported by the company’s initiatives did not lose that support during the social isolation period. Educational lectures and workshops are being transformed into online video classes, with guidance on responsible energy consumption, safety tips about the electrical grid during isolation, instructions on entrepreneurship and recommendations about preventing Covid-19. Furthermore, community leaders who are part of the company’s Leadership Network will promote, through videos and newsletters, initiatives on health and disease prevention in communities within the concession area of Enel’s energy distributors. The company will also donate 3,000 bottles of hand sanitizer at these locations and will donate hundreds of organic food kits and food hampers.
Engaging employees and customers
Enel will conduct, through its volunteering portal “Rede do Bem”, internal campaigns to promote employees’ participation in several activities, such as donations for the production of quick tests by Fiocruz; donations, through online crowdfunding, to social institutions in five Brazilian states; promotion of actions by local entrepreneurs; among other actions. Customers of the energy distributors in Ceará, Rio de Janeiro, Goiás and São Paulo will also be able to contribute with donations made through energy bills, which will be destined to health centres and institutions that support at-risk groups.
Energy efficiency works on hospitals
Through the Energy Efficiency Programme carried out by its distributors, Enel will undertake works at 14 hospitals and health centres that have been serving patients infected by the Coronavirus in the states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Goiás and Ceará. The works include renovating the units’ lighting and air conditioning systems, to promote well-being for professionals and patients and to reduce the energy bills of those institutions.
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