Transparency and respect towards the different cultures of each country where the Enel Group operates is at the heart of company policy.

Keeping up a constant dialogue with the people who live near power plants, local, regional and national authorities, Enel searches to safeguard education, health and the well-being of local communities.

The development of infrastructure, whether the construction and repair of power stations or expansion of distribution networks, requires finding a balance between the growth and development that new works bring and the inevitable impact on both the local environment surrounding each area and the people who live nearby.

Enel has a duty, and is committed to analysing each and every possible impact of investment, be they social economic or environmental, before indentifying transparent, proactive modes of dialogue and consultation that ensure growth is shared with the local community and that any impact on them is addressed and mitigated against.

In each country there are laws which govern the type of study and analysis to be carried out before authorisation for the building of new infrastructure can be obtained. Enel systematically carries out these assessments and establishes – to prevent, monitor and mitigate against any environmental impact of the work – procedures and systems of environmental management certified according to ISO 14001:2004.

Being aware that electricity is building block for personal and community development, Enel supports the United Nations with its Enabling Electricity programme, which promotes access to electricity for people living in poor communities on the outskirts of large cities and isolated rural areas. More than a million people have benefitted from the Group's projects, and with Enabling Electricity Enel intends to double that number by 2014.

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