Our Communities

Wherever AES locates or operates a business—whether it is power generation, a utility or a renewable energy initiative—we seek to create deep, meaningful relationships with the communities we serve. We recognize that our contributions need to involve not just providing a critical service, but making investments in the people and infrastructure of that community.

AES’ commitment to communities mirrors the values most important to our people: safety, education, diversity and environmental responsibility.

We encourage our businesses to custom-tailor community engagement programs to ensure the most effective, efficient and beneficial local contribution. We also understand that our impact within a community can be deepened through partnerships with local stakeholders and non government organizations, and we encourage our businesses to pursue such relationships.

While the programs we invest in may differ from community to community, our goal is consistent: To have a positive impact and make a lasting difference in the communities in which we operate.
 

As one of our core values, safety is at the forefront of all AES' community efforts, which is reflected in the public safety awareness campaigns conducted in the communities we serve.

El Salvador

“Magic Energy” is a public safety program that teaches children how electric power is made, how to use it safely and how the efficient use of electricity is connected to environmental conservation. Since 2007, the program has taught more than 118,800 children and was recognized in 2009 by the USA Embassy with its Corporate Citizen Award.

Ukraine

AES Rivneergo and Kyivoblenergo partnered with the Public Health Ministries, the Department of Education and members of the local media to implement a public safety campaign reaching more than 400,000 children annually, providing interactive presentations on the safe use of electricity, coloring books and a light bulb puppet show. 

 

AES continually strives to improve quality of life through social and cultural welfare projects that provide needed services and build civic pride in the communities in which AES businesses operate. Our businesses coordinate with local organizations and community leaders to provide construction oversight for infrastructure projects and support local cultural activities.

India

In 2007, after government wells went dry during the summer months, AES Orissa Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) worked to address a severe drinking water shortage in the villages surrounding our business. AES partnered with local authorities to build a water supply system that expanded access to potable water to 5,000 people throughout the year, while providing a tanker supply of drinking water to approximately 8,000 during the summer season. Through the construction of pipelines to permanently connect 17 villages to sanitary water sources, AES OPGC helped to prevent additional community health issues such as malnutrition and the spread of disease.

Nigeria

AES Ebute established a social responsibility task force to work with local communities to identify opportunities for AES to assist the region. Programs developed through this effort include the renovation and building of school classrooms; provision of hospital equipment to local clinics; provision of wells and water tanks; and providing relief equipment to bomb explosion victims. AES has also set up a local youth apprenticeship program focusing on the operations and maintenance of gas turbines and generators.

El Salvador

AES has completed electrification projects in El Salvador in collaboration with national and local governments, as well as the communities. AES has engaged in a public-private partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corporation bringing electricity to over 30,000 homes in isolated communities in the northern zone of El Salvador.

Brazil

In Brazil, AES has improved the lives of more than 1.5 million low income customers living in our service territories with programs designed to provide safe and secure access to electricity. These programs include upgrading installations, replacing appliances and providing education in the communities on efficient electricity use. This work also promotes social inclusion and citizenship, as new customers are able to use electricity invoices as proof of residence.

Cameroon

The promotion of employment is critical to ensuring a stable environment, increasing collaboration and trust within local communities as well as ensuring the sustainability of our operations. AES-SONEL is committed to improving the living conditions of youths around our infrastructure through programs that enable them to get the social and economic opportunities and skills they need to become productive citizens, support their families and boost their communities. AES-SONEL in partnership with G4S has developed a Vocational Training Program aimed at building security-vigilance skills of youths around AES-SONEL’s infrastructure (rural and peri-urban areas) and fully integrating them into the Cameroonian workforce. Till date, the AES-SONEL-G4S partnership has provided employment to around 500 youths from our neighbouring communities to ensure the surveillance of our transmission lines (fight against vandalism) as well as permanent reading and transmission of corresponding data from our Pluviometric and Meteorological stations (SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION - SCADA-PROJECT) to AES-SONEL.

 

Ukraine

AES Rivneergo and Kyivoblenergo partnered with the Public Health Ministries, the Department of Education and members of the local media to implement a public safety campaign reaching more than 400,000 children annually, providing interactive presentations on the safe use of electricity, coloring books and a light bulb puppet show. 

Brazil

Since 1999, AES Tietê has sponsored and managed a project to repopulate the reservoirs of hydroelectric power plants annually with 2.75 million newly hatched fish native to the area. The project benefits municipalities affected by power plant construction, and the communities and local fishermen located on affected rivers.

Colombia

Working with the National University of Colombia, AES Chivor sponsors an environmental education program that uses the land surrounding our hydroelectric power plant as an ecotourism destination. In addition, the area serves as a working field for biology students to conduct inventories of local species. The program was awarded a gold medal in Environmental Responsibility by the Siembra Colombia Foundation, which is sponsored by the United Nations Development Program and the Colombia Environmental Ministry.

 

Our businesses make significant and lasting contributions to programs that ranged from building basic school facilities to developing sophisticated higher education and professional development programs for adult engineers.

Brazil

The House of Culture and Citizenship seeks to enhance the quality of life for low income families in the state of São Paulo through development of life skills. It offers courses in the arts, music, theater and dance and vocational workshops to prepare for employment and bolster entrepreneurship. The program was recognized by the Trust of the Americas as one of 10 Corporate Social Responsibility programs in Latin America.

Kazakhstan

AES partnered with the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia, the Eurasian National University and the University of New Mexico to establish an environmental engineering master’s program for Kazakh national students.

Philippines

AES Masinloc invested in a program to provide meals to malnourished students, as well as a sight-saving program to help prevent blindness and assist visually impaired children. The food program provides nutritious daily meals at elementary schools, and the sight-saving program provides free eye exams and eyeglasses to children in elementary and junior high school.

A scholarship program was also developed to enable underprivileged students to attend college and encourage enrollment at the local schools in the Masinloc community. 

Latin America

AES has partnered with the Organization of America States’ Trust for the Americas establishing centers for at-risk youth in the region. The comprehensive AES POETA programs equip participants with professional interpersonal skills, employment readiness, knowledge of information technology and electric sector-specific skills to thrive in diverse professional environments.

Cameroon

AES-SONEL is committed to supporting and reinforcing local communities' organization, capacities and entrepreneurial spirit. AES-SONEL and German International Cooperation (GIZ) signed a partnership in order to enhance economic inclusion in the neighboring communities to the biggest hydro plant nationwide. This partnership seeks to increase the capacities of decentralized public partners and local community organizations and implement sustainable micro projects (in the areas of banana plantain and animal husbandry) that will enable the communities and their organized economic groups to generate income through the appropriation of new technologies and improvement of their entrepreneurial and commercial skills.

 

Haiti

When Haiti was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010, more than 200,000 people were killed and one million individuals were displaced. AES Dominicana responded immediately, donating water, food, tents and medicine, and working to restore local services. Electric generators were provided so hospital emergency rooms and homeless shelters could stay open during the relief efforts. In addition, a multidisciplinary team from across AES worked in collaboration with local authorities to restore the Varreux Substation, which controls approximately 60 percent of Haiti’s power supply.

In the longer term, AES provided approximately $350,000 in humanitarian relief efforts and made substantial investments in Haiti’s reconstruction during 2010.

Additional relief activities included training people of Electricite D’Haiti in safety practices and providing personal protection equipment, and training local electrical technicians through a partnership with the Organization of American States.  

Chile

In February 2010, Chile was hit by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the region and caused widespread displacement. AES immediately formed an emergency coordination committee to address three key issues:

  1. Ensuring the safety of AES Gener people.
  2. Helping local communities where AES plants are located.
  3. Maintaining or restoring power plant operations.

Each situation was assessed and, based on these reports, supplies, transportation and psychological and medical support were provided. Working with local authorities and emergency response groups, AES plant managers distributed supplies, generators, drinking water, food, clothing and other relief items. Overall, AES invested approximately $1 million in earthquake relief in Chile.

In coordination with the National Energy Commission and National Dispatch Center, AES worked to restore the power system. In addition, five work crews from one of AES’ former distribution businesses in Argentina (EDELAP) traveled to Chile and assisted in restoring two local distribution companies.

Additional crisis response activity included:

  • Repairing damages to the AES Gener plant facilities while continuing to operate other plants unaffected by the earthquake.
  • Supporting the San Jose de Maipo Council and Education Ministry to help rebuild multiple schools destroyed by the earthquake, and to construct a safe shelter for high-school students who lost their homes.
 

The AES Corporation's 2012 Political Contributions Report

The AES Corporation's 2011 Political Contributions Report

Charitable Contributions and Political Donations Policy

A Message About Our Community
 
"For AES people, sustainability means an opportunity to make a difference by helping to meet the world's changing power needs in an environmentally responsible and intelligent manner."

Andrés Gluski
AES President and
Chief Executive Officer
 
Awards and Recognition
 
  • Energía Mágica: Our educational program on energy efficiency in El Salvador was recognized by the Trust of the Americas and Platts as one of the best corporate citizenship programs in the region.
  • AES Panamá won 2012 Project of the Year — Environmental Sustainability for the Energia Verde program, granted by Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide.
  • The Houses of Culture and Citizenship: A program sponsored by AES in Brazil was recognized by the Trust of the Americas as one of the ten best Corporate Social Responsibility programs in Latin America in 2009.
For more information, please view AES Awards and Recognitions.