Our commitment to CSR and ESG is embedded in our business ambition, purpose and overall vision.
Energia Group is committed to operating in a socially, environmentally and ethically responsible manner. As the world works towards building Corporate Social Responsibility transparency is key, as is the ability to work in closer partnership than ever before with our shareholders, customers, communities, suppliers, partners and people.
We are constantly shaping our strategy to ensure that as a group we stay aligned with our core values. We know businesses that serve communities well today will be the businesses that continue to be successful into the future.
At a practical level we work closely with: industry regulators; consumer representative groups; various environmental bodies; various health and safety bodies; trade unions; business representatives; elected representatives and politicians; contractors; and landlords. We want to reach into homes and communities throughout the whole island of Ireland and leave a positive and lasting impression, a process that starts right inside our very own front door.
Engaging with communities at the heart of our renewables projects
Energia Group operates several Community Benefit Funds around wind farm sites on the island. All of the wind farms in Northern Ireland are operating a Community Benefit Fund with the Cornavarrow / Slieveglass scheme added this year. These are managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland with the exception of the Teiges and Cornavarrow schemes which are managed by the Fermanagh Trust.
The Meenadreen wind farm in County Donegal is managed by the Community Foundation of Ireland. These schemes take the community needs into consideration and are monitored and adjusted where needs are seen to have changed. During the year, over €580,000 was available in grants from Energia through Community Benefit Funds across the island of Ireland.
View our 2021 promo for the Meenadreen Community Benefit Fund here.
Energia supports grassroots, sports and charities across Ireland
Energia’s Get Ireland Growing competition in partnership with GIY. The yearly campaign encourages community gardens and gardeners to grow their own produce. In total we have awarded over €200K to the winning gardens over the last 5 years. In addition to GIY, we've been sponsoring Seactain na Gaeilge le Energia for the last 5 years, promoting use and adoption of the Irish language.
Together with our key sponsorships across Irish Rugby and the AIL, we are proud to support Wexford Youths Ladies team, with a new 3 year deal commenced in March 2021, giving women in Irish sport the chance to grow.
Each year, our business teams with new charity partners and our annual Ireland's Most Christmassy Homes campaign has donated more than €60K in the last 3 years.
PowerNI; A Business Working Responsible 2020 recipient
Power NI, has been recognised as a Responsible Business Champion for 2020 by Business in the Community. PNI received two nods in the ‘Investing in your community’ and the ‘Wellbeing at Work’ categories which were judged by senior leaders from Business in the Community. The accolades identify Power NI as a company who cares not only about the community they live, work and operate in but as a company who invests in the almost 400 staff they employ across three sites in Belfast, Antrim and Omagh.
Our Brighter Communities Programme helps people to implement innovative and creative projects which will improve and support local communities. Since its inception in 2018, the Brighter Communities Programme has helped many communities across Northern Ireland and continues to impact on new communities for the better good. During 2020, Power NI Brighter Communities helped 11 community groups across Northern Ireland, donating a total of around €13,750 (Flourish NI, Belfast City BMX Club, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust and Street Soccer NI are among some of the worthy recipients. The fund has now invested €34,000 in communities since opening in 2018.
PowerNI actively drive CSR & charity initiatives with many other groups and projects such as Age NI, Dementia NI, National Energy Action, Macmillan and Action Mental Health.
Initiatives like our Helping Hands in the Community initiative ensures that we operate at a level of community involvement that makes an impact. It encourages our employees to identify the issues that matter most to them and direct our support towards that same area.
Here at Energia Group we support a number of chosen charities which our people, customers and suppliers can relate to. We opt for initiatives which allow us to make a difference by raising public awareness as well as raising money. We also support local causes nominated by staff and do our best to match staff fundraising efforts.
Overall, the combination of community programmes and charity initiatives like the above have led to an increase in pride and motivation within the business and are a factor in why Energia Group is held in high esteem externally.
Stay tuned to out News section for all the latest CSR activitied at Energia Group and have a look at our latest CSR overview available within Energia Group's annual report found on our Investors page.
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