Communication on Progress

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Published
  • 2014/06/11
Time period
  • June 2013  –  June 2014
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Format
  • Part of a sustainability or corporate (social) responsibility report
Differentiation Level
  • This COP qualifies for the Global Compact Advanced level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
  • Meets all criteria for the GC Advanced level
Verification
and Transparency
  • How is the accuracy and completeness of information in your COP assessed by a credible third-party?
  • The COP describes any action(s) that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to have the credibility of the information in its COP externally assessed, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Information is reviewed by multiple stakeholders (e.g., representatives of groups prioritized in stakeholder analysis)

  • Information is assured by independent assurors (e.g., accounting or consulting firm) using their own proprietary methodology

  • Information is assured by independent assurors (e.g., accounting or consulting firm) against recognized assurance standard (e.g., ISAE3000, AA1000AS, other national or industry-specific standard)

  • Information is reviewed by a panel of peers (e.g., members of the same industry, competitors, benchmarked leaders, others organized via Global Compact Local Network)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

 
  • The COP incorporates the following high standards of transparency and disclosure:
  • Applies the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines or the GRI Standards

  • Applies elements of the International Integrated Reporting Framework

  • Provides information on the company’s profile and context of operation

  • Is 'in accordance - core' with GRI Standards

  • Is 'in accordance - comprehensive' with GRI Standards

Strategy, Governance
and Engagement
  • Criterion 1: The COP describes mainstreaming into corporate functions and business units
  • Place responsibility for execution of sustainability strategy in relevant corporate functions (procurement, government affairs, human resources, legal, etc) ensuring that no function is conflicting with company sustainability commitments and objectives

  • Align strategies, goals and incentive structures of all business units and subsidiaries with corporate sustainability strategy

  • Assign responsibility for corporate sustainability implementation to an individual or group within each business unit and subsidiary

  • Design corporate sustainability strategy to leverage synergies between and among issue areas and to deal adequately with trade-offs

  • Ensure that different corporate functions coordinate closely to maximize performance and avoid unintended negative impacts

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Link between materiality matrix priorities, Group Strategic Plan and Sustainability Strategic Plan

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 2: The COP describes value chain implementation
  • Analyze each segment of the value chain carefully, both upstream and downstream, when mapping risks, opportunities and impacts

  • Communicate policies and expectations to suppliers and other relevant business partners

  • Implement monitoring and assurance mechanisms (e.g. audits/screenings) for compliance within the company’s sphere of influence

  • Undertake awareness-raising, training and other types of capacity building with suppliers and other business partners

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Enel is among the found members of Bettercoal, a NGO aimed at promoting continuous improvement in companies’ responsibility in the coal sector, with a specific focus on mining.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Human Rights
  • Criterion 4: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the human rights principles
  • Process to ensure that internationally recognized human rights are respected

  • On-going due diligence process that includes an assessment of actual and potential human rights impacts (BRE 2 + BRE 3 + ARE 2 + ARE 3)

  • Internal awareness-raising and training on human rights for management and employees

  • Operational-level grievance mechanisms for those potentially impacted by the company’s activities (BRE 4 + ARE 4)

  • Allocation of responsibilities and accountability for addressing human rights impacts

  • Internal decision-making, budget and oversight for effective responses to human rights impacts

  • Processes to provide for or cooperate in the remediation of adverse human rights impacts that the company has caused or contributed to (BRE 3+ BRE 4 + ARE3 + ARE 4)

  • Process and programs in place to support human rights through: core business; strategic philanthropic/social investment; public policy engagement/advocacy; partnerships and/or other forms of collective action (BRE 6 + ARE 6)

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Other established or emerging best practices

  • Criterion 3: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of human rights
  • Commitment to comply with all applicable laws and respect internationally recognized human rights, wherever the company operates (e.g., the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Guiding Principles on Human Rights) (BRE1 + ARE1)

  • Integrated or stand-alone statement of policy expressing commitment to respect and support human rights approved at the most senior level of the company (BRE 1 + BRE5 + ARE 1 + ARE 5)

  • Statement of policy stipulating human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to operations, products or services (BRE 1)

  • Statement of policy publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties (BRE 1 + BRE 5 + ARE 1 + ARE 5)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Human Rights Policy approved at Board level on 5th February 2013 and extended to all the countries where Enel operates.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 5: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of human rights integration
  • System to monitor the effectiveness of human rights policies and implementation with quantitative and qualitative metrics, including in the supply chain (BRE3 + ARE3)

  • Monitoring draws from internal and external feedback, including affected stakeholders

  • Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results

  • Process to deal with incidents the company has caused or contributed to for internal and external stakeholders (BRE 4 + ARE 4)

  • Grievance mechanisms that are legitimate, accessible, predictable, equitable, transparent, rights-compatible, a source of continuous learning, and based on engagement and dialogue (BRE4 + ARE4)

  • Outcomes of integration of the human rights principles

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Enel adopted an “ESG risk” index which considers exposure to any environmental factors, violations of human rights, as well as illegal associations at the level of individual countries.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Labour
  • Criterion 8: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of labour principles integration
  • System to track and measure performance based on standardized performance metrics

  • Dialogues with the representative organization of workers to regularly review progress made and jointly identify priorities for the future

  • Audits or other steps to monitor and improve the working conditions of companies in the supply chain, in line with principles of international labour standards

  • Process to positively engage with the suppliers to address the challenges (i.e., partnership approach instead of corrective approach) through schemes to improve workplace practices

  • Outcomes of integration of the Labour principles

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Other established or emerging best practices

  • Criterion 6: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of labour
  • Reference to principles of relevant international labour standards (ILO Conventions) and other normative international instruments in company policies

  • Reflection on the relevance of the labour principles for the company

  • Written company policy to obey national labour law, respect principles of relevant international labour standards in worldwide company operations and engage in dialogue with representative organization of the workers (international, sectoral, national).

  • Inclusion of reference to the principles contained in the relevant international labour standards in contracts with suppliers and other relevant business partners

  • Specific commitments and Human Resources policies, in line with national development priorities or decent work priorities in the country of operation

  • Structural engagement with a global union, possibly via a Global Framework Agreement

  • Participation and leadership by employers’ organizations (international and national) to jointly address challenges related to labour standards in the countries of operation, possibly in a tripartite approach (business – trade union – government).

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    On June 14, 2013, in Rome Enel signed the Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with the Italian federations and global federations IndustriAll and Public Services International, which represent employees at world level. The GFA establishes the guidelines o...

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 7: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the labour principles
  • Risk and impact assessments in the area of labour

  • Dialogue mechanism with trade unions to regularly discuss and review company progress in addressing labour standards

  • Allocation of responsibilities and accountability within the organization

  • Internal awareness-raising and training on the labour principles for management and employees

  • Active engagement with suppliers to address labour-related challenges

  • Grievance mechanisms, communication channels and other procedures (e.g., whistleblower mechanisms) available for workers to report concerns, make suggestions or seek advice, designed and operated in line with the representative organization of workers

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    In 2013 the three Multilateral Committees developed the objective of drawing up and defining a joint document in the form of a Recommendation at global level, in their respective fields, which was presented and approved by the Global Works Council.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Environment
  • Criterion 11: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for environmental stewardship
  • System to track and measure performance based on standardized performance metrics

  • Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results

  • Process to deal with incidents

  • Audits or other steps to monitor and improve the environmental performance of companies in the supply chain

  • Outcomes of integration of the environmental principles

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Enel publishes every year the Group Environmental Report.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 10: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the environmental principles
  • Environmental risk and impact assessments

  • Assessments of lifecycle impact of products, ensuring environmentally sound management policies

  • Allocation of responsibilities and accountability within the organisation

  • Internal awareness-raising and training on environmental stewardship for management and employees

  • Grievance mechanisms, communication channels and other procedures (e.g. whistleblower mechanisms) for reporting concerns or seeking advice regarding environmental impacts

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Enel was the first utility in the world to combine the CDP on Water with a further assessment through Aqua Gauge, an assessment developed by Ceres, which is a network of American investors.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 9: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of environmental stewardship
  • Reference to relevant international conventions and other international instruments (e.g. Rio Declaration on Environment and Development)

  • Reflection on the relevance of environmental stewardship for the company

  • Written company policy on environmental stewardship

  • Inclusion of minimum environmental standards in contracts with suppliers and other relevant business partners

  • Specific commitments and goals for specified years

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Climate Strategy with specific targets in terms of emissions reductions, water, biodiversity.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Anti-Corruption
  • Criterion 13: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the anti-corruption principle
  • Support by the organization’s leadership for anti-corruption (B4)

  • Carrying out risk assessment of potential areas of corruption (D3)

  • Human Resources procedures supporting the anti-corruption commitment or policy, including communication to and training for all employees (B5 + D8)

  • Internal checks and balances to ensure consistency with the anti-corruption commitment (B6)

  • Actions taken to encourage business partners to implement anti-corruption commitments (D6)

  • Management responsibility and accountability for implementation of the anti-corruption commitment or policy (D7)

  • Communications (whistleblowing) channels and follow-up mechanisms for reporting concerns or seeking advice (D9)

  • Internal accounting and auditing procedures related to anticorruption (D10)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    The Zero Tolerance of Corruption Plan was adopted in 2006 and has strengthened the commitment to combat corruption which was entered into with the Code of Ethics and the 231 Compliance Program, assigning precise responsibilities for monitoring corrup...

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 14: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the integration of anti-corruption
  • Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results (D12)

  • Process to deal with incidents (D13)

  • Public legal cases regarding corruption (D14)

  • Use of independent external assurance of anti-corruption programmes (D15)

  • Outcomes of integration of the anti-corruption principle

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    The analysis and oversight of corruption risk is also part of the more general process of Group risk assessment, which is carried out periodically by the Audit Department.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 12: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of anti-corruption
  • Publicly stated formal policy of zero-tolerance of corruption (D1)

  • Commitment to be in compliance with all relevant anti-corruption laws, including the implementation of procedures to know the law and monitor changes (B2)

  • Statement of support for international and regional legal frameworks, such as the UN Convention against Corruption (D2)

  • Detailed policies for high-risk areas of corruption (D4)

  • Policy on anti-corruption regarding business partners (D5)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    On 27th February 2014 Enel organized for its top managers a training day on the value of ethics and anti-corruption, with the participation of Italian and international experts.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

UN Goals and Issues
  • Criterion 15: The COP describes core business contributions to UN goals and issues
  • Align core business strategy with one or more relevant UN goals/issues

  • Develop relevant products and services or design business models that contribute to UN goals/issues

  • Adopt and modify operating procedures to maximize contribution to UN goals/issues

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Enel contributes to the United Nations tenyear program “Sustainable Energy for All” (2014-2024). In 2013 under this program, through Enabling Electricity, Enel took part in over 30 projects in 20 countries, achieving the target of 2 million beneficiari...

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 16: The COP describes strategic social investments and philanthropy
  • Pursue social investments and philanthropic contributions that tie in with the core competencies or operating context of the company as an integrated part of its sustainability strategy

  • Coordinate efforts with other organizations and initiatives to amplify—and not negate or unnecessarily duplicate—the efforts of other contributors

  • Take responsibility for the intentional and unintentional effects of funding and have due regard for local customs, traditions, religions, and priorities of pertinent individuals and groups

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Enel through the LBG method has measured company’s contributions to the development of the communities. Enel contributes to the social development of the local areas where it operates also through Enel Cuore Onlus, created in 2003 reflecting Enel’s wi...

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 18: The COP describes partnerships and collective action
  • Develop and implement partnership projects with public or private organizations (UN entities, government, NGOs, or other groups) on core business, social investments and/or advocacy

  • Join industry peers, UN entities and/or other stakeholders in initiatives contributing to solving common challenges and dilemmas at the global and/or local levels with an emphasis on initiatives extending the company’s positive impact on its value chain

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Enel signed a partnership with the Indian NGO, Barefoot College – as part of the “ENabling ELectricity” program of the Enel Group – which promotes rural electrification and female empowerment in 8 countries in South America (Chile, Peru, Guatemala, El...

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 17: The COP describes advocacy and public policy engagement
  • Publicly advocate the importance of action in relation to one or more UN goals/issues

  • Commit company leaders to participate in key summits, conferences, and other important public policy interactions in relation to one or more UN goals/issues

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    During the UN GC Leaders Summit on 19-20 September 2013, Enel was present as a speaker in the plenary session and in the seminars dedicated to “Sustainable energy for all” and anti-corruption.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Governance
  • Criterion 19: The COP describes CEO commitment and leadership
  • CEO leads executive management team in development of corporate sustainability strategy, defining goals and overseeing implementation

  • CEO publicly delivers explicit statements and demonstrates personal leadership on sustainability and commitment to the UN Global Compact

  • CEO promotes initiatives to enhance sustainability of the company’s sector and leads development of industry standards

  • Make sustainability criteria and UN Global Compact principles part of goals and incentive schemes for CEO and executive management team

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    In the letter to stakeholders contained in Enel Sustainability Report 2013, the CEO confirms and renovates its commitment to the UN Global Compact.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 21: The COP describes stakeholder engagement
  • Publicly recognize responsibility for the company’s impacts on internal and external stakeholders

  • Define sustainability strategies, goals and policies in consultation with key stakeholders

  • Consult stakeholders in dealing with implementation dilemmas and challenges and invite them to take active part in reviewing performance

  • Establish channels to engage with employees and other stakeholders to hear their ideas and address their concerns

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    In 2013 Enel implemented a stakeholder management model at global and local level.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 20: The COP describes Board adoption and oversight
  • Board of Directors (or equivalent) assumes responsibility and oversight for long-term corporate sustainability strategy and performance

  • Board establishes, where permissible, a committee or assigns an individual board member with responsibility for corporate sustainability.

  • Board (or committee), where permissible, approves formal reporting on corporate sustainability (Communication on Progress)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    In 2013 Enel was one of the first companies to confirm its participation in the LEAD Board Programme, designed for companies involved in the Global Compact LEAD, and which aims to provide Boards of Directors with analyses on sustainability and on the...

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Business and Peace
  • The COP describes policies and practices related to the company's government relations in high-risk or conflict-affected areas
  • Assessment of opportunities for constructive engagement with government actors in order to support peace

  • Measures undertaken to avoid complicity in human rights violations by government actors

  • Management practices aimed at preventing corrupt relationships with government officials

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    In Enel Sustainability Report 2013 there is a disclosure on the main infrastructural projects in terms of developing relations with local stakeholders.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • The COP describes policies and practices related to the company's core business operations in high-risk or conflict-affected areas
  • Information on how policies, strategies and operating practices have been adapted to the specific high-risk/conflict context based on due diligence

  • Adherence to best practices even where national law sets a lower standard, including in the management of security services

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Enel Green Power’s Memorandum of Understanding with the municipality of San Juan Cotzal and The Café Curibamba project of Edegel (Peru)

  • Management of the supply chain to avoid contributing to conflict through purchasing decisions and practices

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • The COP describes local stakeholder engagement and strategic social investment activities of the company in high-risk or conflict-affected areas
  • Stakeholder engagement mechanisms across company and contractor operations

  • Approaches to stakeholder engagement involving civil society, international organizations, etc

  • Actions toward constructive and peaceful company-community engagement

  • Sustainable social investment projects

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    In Enel Sustainability Report 2013 there is the list of social investment activities at Group level.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff