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. Our commitment to CSR is embedded in our business ambition, purpose and overall vision.
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.
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 16 communities across Northern Ireland and continues to impact on new communities for the better good.
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.
In addition to this, Energia has donated another €158,750 to initiatives including Grow It Yourself, Seachtain na Gaeilge, Christmassy Homes and donations to local charities.
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.
Have a look at our full CSR report available within Energia Group's annual report.