EDF Norte Fluminense is a member company and signatory of the 10th principles of the United Nations Global Compact on Human Rights, Workers' Rights, the Environment and Anti-Corruption, which aims to establish an agenda of socio-economic and environmental commitments to improve quality of life and social inclusion. They have received the SA8000 certification (a Social Responsibility Standard) for the 10th consecutive year. It was the first of EDF Group’s companies to receive this certification in 2010.
Sponsoring projects and institutions in the socio-cultural sphere such as energy awareness modules in schools and theaters, opera performances, and book publishing, EDF Norte Fluminense also promotes sport as means to integrate and train children in poor communities.
Providing lights for those most in need
In November 2019, EDF Norte Fluminense accepted a major challenge: lighting up Aldeia Mata Verde Bonita. This Guarani community of indigenous families from different regions of Brazil, in Maricá (RJ), suffered from poor public lighting. In partnership with the Associação Litro de Luz Brasil, volunteers and EDF NF employees assembled and installed 21 poles and 28 solar energy lamps, made of LED lamps, connection tubes and plastic bottles. The new lighting was set up close to residential and communal living areas in the village.
In Brazil, EDF Renewables is committed to carrying out sustainable practices for the community and the environment in all phases of its projects, from construction to operations. This is achieved by respecting local traditions and culture, and adhering to environmental licensing processes, legislation and regulations.
EDF Renewables carries out social and environmental actions such as:
- health: awareness campaigns for breast cancer detection and fighting STDs;
- environment: fauna and flora preservation, conscious use of water, green area compensation;
- education: school vegetable gardens, training programs for hiring local labor, etc.
Helping vulnerable families during the health crisis
In the first half of 2020, our Pirapora solar complex signed a partnership with UNICEF Brazil, through the BNDES line of Social Investments for Companies (ISE), to help vulnerable families during the Covid-19 pandemic by means of a R$ 3 million+ grant. Over 20 thousand hygiene kits and basic essentials baskets were distributed to more than 50 thousand people in the cities of Belém, Fortaleza, Manaus, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo.
EDF Renewables receives its first “Green Loan” in Brazil
The loan was awarded to Folha Larga Norte Wind Complex, in Bahia. It is exclusively dedicated to financing sustainable projects and consolidates EDF’s commitment to the environment.
Taking care of the planet
Citelum has launched “Everyone taking care of the Environment”, a social and environmental responsibility program, in line with Citelum’s environmental impact mitigation actions. The program consists of lamp decontamination, light bulbs collection and recycling, sensibilization courses, etc. The “Me and my cup” campaign is another illustration of Citelum’s commitment to preserving the planet. The campaign has been designed to stop the use of plastic cups in head offices.