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Responsible company of the year 2013: Slovenské elektrárneADVERTORIAL
10 Jun 2014 Corporate Responsibility
Corporate responsibility is an essential part of Slovenské elektrárne’s enterprise. The power company is fully engaged in corporate responsibility within the Energy for the Country programme, a complex project which brought Slovenské elektrárne in 2014 a prestigious award: the main prize of VIA BONA 2013.
Slovenské elektrárne considers its primary social responsibility to produce electric power safely and responsibly in an environmentally friendly way at competitive prices. Constant improvements to production processes and the use of the best technologies available serve as the basis for running an environmentally conscious company. In 2013, Slovenské elektrárne produced as much as 90 percent of its power without emissions, a fact that has ranked it among the top energy companies in Europe.
Energy for the Country
Since 2008, Slovenské elektrárne has supported numerous projects within its Energy for the Country CSR programme. The programme itself covers five major areas, with Energy for Life focusing on charity and philanthropic activities; Energy for Nature on environmental protection and biodiversity preservation and Energy for Education is involved in the support and development of education. Energy for Culture supports the development and protection of cultural values, while Energy for Sport focuses on disease prevention, healthcare and the development of sporting activities.
Arnold the Eagle – our Energy for Nature
The most famous projects include the environmental sustainability of mountain chalets, the development of educational nature trails and cycling routes, and especially cooperation with the Tatra National Park (TANAP) in a project of biodiversity sustainability through saving endangered fauna species. The most popular of these is, undoubtedly, the monitoring of a male lesser-spotted eagle of the High Tatras, now already a popular celebrity, called Arnold, who returned to his home in Slovakia after having crossed 7,000 kilometres and 16 countries from his winter grounds in Africa.
Outside the limelight – Energy for Life
A typical example of Slovenské elektrárne’s approach is solving issues on the margins of public interest. For example, the Energy for Life programme has tackled the issue of homelessness. It is crucial not only to secure the financial needs of the homeless, but also to contribute to a systematic solution to the problem, as well as to increase the sensitivity of public opinion. Equally innovative is a project focused on financial and non-financial support for the development of low-cost housing for the Roma minority in the municipality of Kojatice. By combining architectural, social and legal assistance, the project also boosts cooperation between local governments and organisations working with socially excluded communities.
Study technology - Energy for Education
Slovenské elektrárne has been developing cooperation with schools and universities to inspire interest among young talents not only in studying technology at colleges and universities, but also in working in the energy sector. Each year the company allocates the Aurel Stodola awards and provides financial gifts for the best Bachelor’s, Master’s and post-graduate theses focused on energy. Slovenské elektrárne, within its long-term programmes of collaboration with academia, e.g. in Slovakia with the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV), the Slovak University of Technology, and foreign and specialised institutions, tries to support scientific development in the sphere of energy.
Bringing art and beauty - Energy for Culture
Slovenské elektrárne has been involved in supporting cultural events and various genres of art, music (classical – Zlaté husle, jazz – Bratislava Jazz Days, folklore – Folklore Festival Východná) theatre (Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra, Radošina Naive Theatre, Virtual Theatre in Trenčín) to less traditional forms of art like the Kremnica Gagy festival of humour and satire. The company also supports the spread of Italian culture and traditions in Slovakia through the Dolce Vitaj festival. An important project, literally the most visible in the Žilina region, is providing new lighting for Orava Castle, made possible by Slovenské elektrárne in cooperation with Žilina Region.
Sport without barriers – Energy for Sport
Back in 2011, the company supported the Days of Sport without Barriers, thanks to inspiration from Slovenské elektrárne’s mother company, Enel, which supports National Paralympics Day in Italy. Slovenské elektrárne has been supporting the Tour of Slovakia cycle race as an excellent way to present the beauty of Slovakia. The event Energy on Wheels is for the first time this year part of the tour, and the wider public can cycle from Gabčíkovo to Bratislava on the same day and route as the peloton with professional cyclists.
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