Spanish utility Iberdrola has become the first multinational utility listed in the Ibex 35 to gain AENOR certification for its COVID-19 action protocols.
AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardisation) has acknowledged more than 150 coordinated measures adopted and implemented by Iberdrola in response to the global pandemic.
The measures were aimed at supporting the utility’s stakeholders, employees, suppliers, shareholders and society as a whole.
The measures include €25 million worth of essential healthcare products purchased and donated by the utility and reinforcements made to the grid to secure the supply of energy for hospitals.
Iberdrola signed deals worth over €4 billion during the first quarter of 2020 with over 10,000 suppliers to avoid disrupting its energy supply chain. The orders were twice the amount spent in Q1 2019.
Despite millions of people losing jobs globally due to COVID-19, Iberdrola announced its plans to hire thousands of professionals in 2020.
Human capital remains a top priority at Iberdrola, according to a statement evidenced by the utility obtaining AENOR’s Healthy Company certificate under a year ago.
The certificate applies to all the companies operating under the group in 25 countries.
Iberdrola has plans to upgrade from its current OSHSAS 18001 occupational health certification to ISO 45001 as part of efforts to improve its various occupational health and safety programmes.