For Slovenske Elektrarne Corporate philanthropy is focused on continuous improvement and enforcement of “good citizenship” interested in stakeholders’ expectations and solutions of social or environmental difficulties, creating new opportunities in the regions where the Company is present.
The term Energy for the Country has been synonymous with CSR at Slovenské elektrárne since 2008. It includes philanthropic activities divided into the following five categories:
- Energy for Life – charity and social activities;
- Energy for Nature – environmental protection and biodiversity preservation;
- Energy for Education – support and development of education;
- Energy for Culture – development and protection of cultural values;
- Energy for Sport – prevention, healthcare and development of sport activities.
Within the Energy for the Country program, the company cooperates with a number of selected entities and institutions, developing and supporting projects with them at two different levels, the national level and the regional level covering activities in the vicinity of Slovenské elektrárne power plants.
Since 2011, all projects are submitted and evaluated online via the www.energyforthecountry.sk portal.
In 2011, the company established the Endowment Fund of Slovenské elektrárne at the Pontis Foundation. It is a complementary tool for financing projects in three specific areas.
The first area focuses on increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in cities and villages.
The second area includes comprehensive financial and non-financial support for organizations dealing with homelessness, supporting the establishment of a network of organizations helping homeless people return to normal life and supporting low-cost housing.
The third area is the development of technical sciences by supporting students at secondary schools and universities, the implementation of projects or research activities and motivation for studying technical professions.
In 2013, an Employee grant program focused on the support of employee volunteerism was added to the portfolio of the Endowment Fund of Slovenské elektrárne.
The Endowment Fund regularly opens grant rounds on the www.darca.sk portal for specific topics and an expert committee selects the best projects submitted, which receive financial support. The donor strategy of the Endowment Fund is closely interconnected with the CSR concept of Energy for the Country and is another tool to proceed in the implementation of the company’s ambitious goal of "being a good Slovak citizen".