EDP belongs to a number of organisations that focus on the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability.

This is how EDP strengthens its will to follow the road to sustainability and undertakes to support sustainability guidelines by not only complying with them but also fostering their implementation.


Portugal Economy Probe


Portugal Economy Probe

Portugal Economy Probe is a non-commercial and not-for-profit project recently set up with the purpose of aggregating in one unique website all the available information about the Portuguese economy and financial system. This is an initiative bread in the Portuguese civil society which received the support of several important national institutions and, more recently, the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Portugal. This project aims to reach such international audiences as decision makers in the global capital markets, investors, academics, journalists, opinion makers and all parties who keep an interest in Europe and the eurozone, and in Portugal in particular.


EDP pursues its activities in accordance with ILO regulations, in particular the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.


Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

EDP supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and pursues its activities in harmony with Portuguese law and this universal declaration.


Internal Communication and Corporate Identity Observatory

 Observatório da Comunicação Interna

The Internal Communication and Corporate Identity Observatory aims to investigate, create and divulge knowledge on internal communication and corporate identity. EDP belongs to the Advisor Council of this observatory, formed by companies well known for its experience on internal communication and open to all the companies that want to debate the strategic importance of communication.


Companies Council of Citizenship

Portuguese forum of companies that aims to discuss social responsibility issues

ABRINQ Foundation

 Abrinq foundation

Abrinq was founded in 1990, as a non profit organization, which main objective is mobilize all citizens for  childhood and adolescense rigths.


CEBDS - Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável


Founded in 1997, CEBDS is a brazilian association of several companies  whose mission is to “integrate Sustainable Developments Principles and practice in a business context, conciliating the  economic, social and environmental dimensions”.


Findes - federation of Industries of the State of Espírito Santo

 Findes – Federation of Industries of the State of Espírito Santo

This is an industry federation whose mission is to “represent and defend the interests of industry in the State of Espírito Santo in order to make it more competitive, by striving continuously to strengthen its unions, encourage entrepreneurship and promote sustainable development.”

Abradee Energy Institute

 Abradee Energy Institute

This a private, non-profit association of electrical energy distributors that acts to defend, preserve and conserve the environment and promote sustainable development.



Instituto Acende Brasil ("Light Up Brazil Institute")

 Instituto Acende Brasil (“Light Up Brazil Institute”)

This is a private, non-profit association of companies in the electricity sector which undertakes studies and projects and seeks to promote transparency and sustainability in the Brazilian electricity sector.


Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility

 Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility

The mission of the Ethos Institute is to “mobilise, educate and help companies manage their businesses in a socially responsible manner, making them partners in building a sustainable and just society.” The guidance provided to companies is voluntary and free.





EDP acts in compliance with the fourteen principles defined by CERES, a world organisation of investors and environmentalists for sustainable development. These allow investors and shareholders to assess the Group’s strategy in terms of climate change.



LBG - London Benchmarking Group

 LBG - London Benchmarking Group

EDP joined the London Benchmarking Group in April 2008, a working group of 100 companies formed in order to measure the return



Energy Wisdom Programme

 Energy Wisdom Programme

The Energy Wisdom Programme is a voluntary initiative led by companies in the electricity sector. This programme provides a platform for the electricity sector to demonstrate its pro-activity in terms of sustainable development, through the implementation of renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, improvements in energy distribution and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  EDP participates in this programme through various initiatives.

Sustainable Energy Europe

 sustainable energy europe

EDP has joined this European Commission initiative to promote energy efficiency as part of the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme (2003-2006), which will contribute to meeting targets on renewables, energy efficiency and alternative means of transport.



CIGRE - International Council on Large Electric Systems

 CIGRE - International Council on Large Electric SystemsThe International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) is a leading electric systems organisation, covering areas of technical, economic, environmental, organisational and regulatory expertise.  Based in France and operating since 1921, its aims include encouraging knowledge and information exchange between specialists in all countries, in what regards generation and distribution of electrical energy; value creation through the dissemination of best practices and state-of-the-art technology; and communication of CIGRE positions to decision-makers in the electrical energy sector.

GRI - Global Reporting Initiative


GRI - Global Reporting Initiative The Global Reporting Initiative seeks to ensure that all organisations adopt the common practice of preparing reports that disclose their economic, environmental and social performance.

To this end, it creates and develops tools to help organisations prepare their reports.  More specifically, it has created a standardised report that can be applied to any organisation and includes the essential principles and indicators required for the preparation of sustainability reports.

In addition, the GRI prepares other documents, such as technical protocols to help organisations understand and interpret the details of the abovementioned standardised report, as well as sector supplements that provide more detailed information on specific sectors of activity.

Around 1000 organisations in 60 countries already employ this model.

World Safety Declaration

 The World Safety Declaration is a global commitment to promote occupational safety and develop ideas that can be shared and adopted by companies around the world. It defends the principle that individuals and organisations have the moral right and duty to commit themselves to improving safety conditions.

This declaration also states that safety, whether at work or at home, is an achievable target.


 elecpor - the portuguese association of electricity sector companies

The Portuguese Association of Electricity Sector Companies – ELECPOR – is a sector-specific trade association whose purpose is to promote, represent and defend the common interests of its electricity company members. ELECPOR seeks to act as an instrument to enable these companies to prepare and discuss policies, guidelines and regulation of the Portuguese electricity sector, as well as represent them before bodies involved in decision-making and economic and social regulation. 



 EURELECTRIC - union of the electricity industryThe Union of the Electricity Industry – EURELECTRIC – is a trade association created in December 1999 from the merger of UNIPEDE and EURELECTRIC. It represents the common interests of the electricity industry on a European level, as well as its affiliates and members in other continents.

Its mission is to contribute to the development and competitiveness of the electricity sector, as well as promoting the role of electricity as a driver of social change.

Most of EURELECTRIC’s members are national electricity sector associations, or leading companies in the sector in each country. Although it is predominantly a European association, EURELECTRIC also has members from other continents.

Global Compact

 Global CompactThe Global Compact is a personal initiative of Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, who challenged the world business community to support/sign up to nine principles in the areas of human rights, labour practices and the environment in the wake of the Davos Economic Forum in 1999.

This initiative, which is voluntary in nature, seeks to mobilise the business community around the concept of corporate citizenship, encouraging it to play an active role in finding solutions to change the process of globalisation.  Hundreds of companies from around the world actively participate, in partnership with other social actors – in national/regional structures that support the implementation of these nine principles – supporting projects in its three main areas of activity and encouraging new companies to join and help build a more sustainable global economy.

Discover the 10 principles of the Global Compact.

BCSD - Business Council for Sustainable Development


BCSD – Business Council for Sustainable Development

The Portuguese Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) is a non-profit association created in October 2001 on the initiative of Sonae, Cimpor and Soporcel, members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), in conjunction with another 33 top national companies, with a view to transposing the main guidelines of the WBCSD into a domestic context.  The main mission of the Portuguese BCSD is to encourage corporate leadership to change course towards supporting sustainable development and promoting eco-efficiency, innovation and social responsibility within companies.
The Portuguese BCSD has been a member of the WBCSD regional network since its creation, and currently has 83 members.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

 World Business Council for Sustainable Development

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is the world’s leading organisation supporting corporate approaches to sustainable development. It currently has a membership of 190 companies that are world leaders in their areas of activity (current Portuguese members include EDP, Sonae, Cimpor, Grupo Portucel Soporcel and Millenium BCP), and a network of 59 affiliated national organisations including the Portuguese BSCD, representing over 2000 companies and 12 million employees. 

LCTPI - Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative