EDP makes an extra donation of R$ 500 thousand exclusively for Espírito Santo projects in the EDP Solidária call
With the new contribution, the total amount to support initiatives to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic in vulnerable communities reaches R$ 1.5 million
EDP, an energy distributor in Espírito Santo, will make an extra contribution of R$ 500 thousand to the EDP Solidária - Covid 19 call.The amount will be dedicated exclusively to Espírito Santo's initiatives to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in vulnerable communities. In partnership with the State Government, this is the second donation made directly by EDP, totaling R$ 1.5 million. On the last day 07, the company had already donated R$ 1 million to the State. The funds were transferred to the Santa Casa de Misericórdia of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim for the purchase of individual protection supplies, equipment and medicines for the care of Covid-19 patients.
The EDP Solidária - Covid 19 notice provided an initial contribution of R$ 1 million to initiatives aimed at tackling the Coronavirus pandemic in vulnerable communities across Brazil. With the extra amount dedicated to Espírito Santo, the amount will reach R$ 1.5 million. EDP Renováveis will also contribute resources for the chosen projects.
“Covid-19 is one of the biggest challenges facing the world. For this reason, EDP, in line with its fundamental value of preserving life, is supporting several initiatives to support states in dealing with this pandemic. And that is why, in the case of Espírito Santo, we decided to increase the value of the call by R$ 500 thousand specifically for ES projects, so that we can support some more impact initiatives ”, says João Brito Martins, Vice President of Networks at EDP in Brazil.
The EDP Solidária - Covid 19 announcement will address initiatives to confront Covid-19 aimed at vulnerable audiences, with priority for needy communities, the elderly and indigenous communities, in addition to projects to combat, detect and prevent the pandemic.
In March, EDP announced the donation of another R$ 6 million for the purchase of respirators for the ICUs of public hospitals in the State of São Paulo, the most affected by the pandemic. The donation was made through the social organization Comunitas, which raised a total of R$ 23.4 million, with 150 companies.
In Ceará, the company donated R$ 130,000 in personal protective medical equipment (PPE) to the State Health Secretatiat. In Maranhão, another R$ 140,000 will be used by the state government to purchase respirators.
EDP's initiatives in Brazil are added to the efforts made by the headquarters in Portugal. At the beginning of the month, the company delivered more than 500 thousand articles of individual protection to health professionals in Portuguese hospitals. In March, the company also announced the donation of 50 respirators, 200 monitors and medical equipment to Portuguese hospitals. The action was carried out jointly with China Three Gorges (CTG).
In Brazil, EDP has a Crisis Management Committee for the coronavirus and designed a contingency plan, even before the confirmation of the first case in the country. Since February, the committee has been meeting remotely every day, including weekends, if necessary. Among the initiatives already carried out by the company are: anticipation of vaccination against the H1N1 flu for employees, implementation of a total work from home regime in the offices, scheduling and decentralization of field teams and reinforcement of internal information campaigns.
Since it was founded in 2009, the Instituto EDP has invested more than R$ 100 million in social cultural projects, which have benefited about 3 million people, in about 400 programs throughout the country. Only in 2019, the initiatives supported by the organization favored 82,000 residents of the communities surrounding the Company's areas of operation. The Instituto EDP is responsible for structuring EDP's investments and social initiatives on fronts related to the valorization of the Portuguese Language, education, local development with income generation, entrepreneurship and volunteering, by means of sports, culture and health.
About EDP in Brazil
With over 20 years of experience, EDP is one of the largest private companies in the electricity sector operating throughout the value chain. The Company, which has over 10,000 direct and outsourced employees, operates in Transmission, Trading and Energy Services and has six hydroelectric generation units and one thermal power station. In Distribution, it serves about 3.5 million customers in São Paulo and Espírito Santo, in addition to being the main shareholder of Celesc, in Santa Catarina. In Brazil, it is a reference in areas such as Innovation, Governance and Sustainability, having been in the B3´s Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) for 14 consecutive years.