ENERGYACCESS Walking the Talk to Sustainability

Published on Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Access to electricity, constant dialogue with communities, projects aimed at local development and (lots of) innovation. For Enel sustainability is all this: a business model and method that involves the Group's entire value chain. In an interview published by The Guardian and titled  "We walk the talk to sustainability", Enel Chairman Maria Patrizia Grieco described how sustainability is integrated into the company's daily work and characterises its 'style' in every field of activity.

Granting access to electricity to more than 1 billion people who still cannot use it stably is one of the goals that the United Nations have urged governments and companies to achieve to lay the foundations for a truly sustainable and shared development.  In this field Enel has been active for years with its Enabling Electricity programme that includes projects aimed at rural electrification, empowerment of local populations and the most vulnerable sections of society, as well as a focus on a commitment to maintain a constant dialogue with the communities of the areas where it operates, to give shape to a presence characterized by community involvement and via the Creating Shared Value business model that the Group has adopted.

Innovation and sustainability are an inseparable combination at Enel, not only been the first company in the world to launch a Group department that integrates both aspects in a single organizational structure, but also promotes projects and investments in the main fields of development in the energy sector, from smart grids to electric mobility, from solutions for the development of active demand to renewable energy storage systems and the spread of distributed generation.

'Certified' sustainability is one of Enel's catchphrases.  In fact, the Group's environmental, economic and social performances have also been confirmed by its presence in the main international sustainability indexes and its participation in initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact LEAD, which gathers the 56 best companies in the world in terms of economic, social and environmental sustainability.