Aware of its responsibility in the field of corporate citizenship and true commitment to maintain and enhance a management model ethical and socially responsible, REN supports numerous civil society organizations and public entities, participating in several initiatives in various fields.
REN supports numerous civil society organizations and public entities, participating in several initiatives in several areas: social, cultural, education, environment and sport.
REN believes that corporate volunteer work, besides being an essential hub for the relationship between companies and the community in general, is also a crucial practice for building up a responsible internal culture.
REN’s volunteer programme as a social responsibility project is based on three operational hubs – education, the environment and solidarity. The aim is to place the skills and time of our employees at the service of the community.
For mare information consult the Annual Report.
Our relationship with landowners is an important concern in REN's activity and has particular impact during the construction of electricity grids and gas networks and of new natural gas storage caverns and their subsequent maintenance (especially electricity grids and gas networks).
This group of stakeholders has an important impact on the grid because of their influence not only on the implementation of investment projects by the deadlines agreed with the authorities but also because of their ease of access to the media.
Our relationship with landowners is governed by special legislation and REN is obliged to contact all owners affected and other stakeholders in order to establish formal mechanisms with them for compensation for the use of their property. This use may entail administrative electrical or gas rights of way or purchase of the properties, in the case of construction or enlargement of electricity substations or gas stations.
The relationship with landowners is also important in the operating phase of these facilities as the maintenance of electricity lines and gas pipelines obliges the company to be in constant contact with owners in order to ensure that soil use in the access areas complies with legal safety standards.
REN provides formal channels of communication for contact with landowners such as by phone, which is the most frequent, fastest form and a service provided by employees and service providers in the field during construction and maintenance of facilities. For negotiation of access and purchase of land, in addition to the employees directly related to this area, REN uses service providers, who also represent the company with landowners.
As this is regarded as a critical area, because REN's image is at stake, the qualified suppliers are closely monitored by experienced employees who are directly responsible for all necessary formal communications. Given the importance of the matter, the specifications of some services already include a code of ethics for suppliers, for example when handling contracts regarding services related to right of way for electricity lines.
Direct contact with landowners means that they can be informed about infrastructures to be built, their rights and duties regarding the installation of public utility infrastructures, damage to their property and resulting compensation and compatibility of operation of infrastructures with other types of operation or use of the property.
We also hold meetings with the local authorities in the planning phase of projects to inform them of the works planned for the area so that they answer the public's queries in the future and help the technicians in their work. Direct contact with parish councils is particularly important before beginning contacts with landowners, before beginning any works.
This relationship is not always pacific and REN has to resort to legal mechanisms to establish right of way, including summonses (electricity lines) and request for assistance from the authorities to proceed with work (gas pipelines).
REN's concern for dialogue and transparent communication with landowners and populations living close to infrastructures is part of the commitment made in the Group's social responsibility policy, which also ensures ethically responsible action in accordance with the Group's code of conduct.
The reforestation program of protection of electricity transmission lines is an example of minimization measures applied by REN.
For more information see the Annual Report.