More solidarity and less poverty

Published on Thursday, 2 January 2014

Redistributing the wealth that is produced in order to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. One of the main challenges imposed by market globalisation, possibly the most important one, consists in diminishing the suffering of billions of people who find it difficult to meet even the basic needs required to lead a healthy and dignified life.  

This is an inescapable commitment in religious terms, but is ethically central also in the secular sphere.

Philanthropy – said  cardinal  Gianfranco Ravasi, at the forum “Wealth against poverty” organised by the Agenda Sant'Egidio – is fully comprised in a “secular and illuminist horizon that can coexist, or even work jointly, with the specifically Catholic sphere of charity”.

For the Enel Group – which showed its sensitivity towards these issues through the participation of the CEO  Fulvio Conti and of the secretary-general of Enel Cuore  Novella Pellegrini -  this is a commitment that is consistently brought forth by means of a corporatestrategy focused on social  responsibility and enacted through a great amount of projects in the field of solidarity.

In particular, these initiatives have been centered on the activity of Enel Cuore, which in its ten years of existence has cooperated with associations and organisations and supported projects in favour of children, as well as elderly and disabled people.

The Enel Group is among the fifty companies in the world that are most committed to the adoption of ethical principles on the protection of human and environmental rights, workers' rights and the fight against corruption within the United Nation'sGlobal Compact programme.

This commitment is aimed at expanding and consolidating social dialogue outside of Europe, achieving a representative model of the Group's new organisation. As shown by the establishment of the Enel's Global Works Council, recently held in Rome with the participation of workers' representatives at a global level and of two international  trade unions.