Enel constantly manages relations with institutions (local, national, European and international), in line with the Enel Compliance Program, providing com plete and transparent information with the aim of placing institutional counter parts in the best conditions to make the decisions they are responsible for.
Enel also contributes to the consultation pro cesses regarding political and legislative dossiers on energy and environmental topics. In the context of relations with European institutions, Enel actively con tributes to every phase of the consulta tion process on political and legislative dossiers of corporate interest through careful monitoring and analysis (see also the chapter “Growth across low-carbon technologies and services”).
Within a dynamic positioning process aimed at assessing how companies are influencing environmental policies and legislation around the world, In fluenceMap, an independent British nonprofit organization, has ranked Enel among the most supportive and stra tegically active utility companies. This result is an effect of Enel’s strong lead ership, its influence within leading Euro pean associations, and its positive inter action with InfluenceMap itself, which also encourages involved organizations to provide adequate feedback.
Finally, the Enel Group has been regis tered in the EU voluntary transparency register since its creation in 2008. The register aims to provide citizens with a single and direct access point to informa tion on who carries out activities aimed at influencing the EU decisionmaking process, the interests pursued and the re sources invested in these activities (http://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/homePage.do).
In line with the provisions of the Code of Ethics, paragraph 3.26, Enel does not provide finance to political parties, in Italy or abroad, their representatives or candidates, nor does it sponsor conven tions or parties whose sole purpose is political propaganda. It refrains from any direct or indirect pressure on politicians (for example, through granting use of its facilities, acceptance of hiring recom mendations, or consultancy contracts).
Enel and its subsidiaries are present in various trade and employer associations whose role includes representing the position of its members in the regulato ry processes pertaining to the business activity. The annual contributions paid to the aforementioned organizations in the form of membership fees totaled approximately 8.3 million euros2. In particular, in 2018 the three largest con tributions made on a global level con cerned UNESA (Asociación Española de la Industria Eléctrica) in Spain, Confind ustria and Italian National Association of Electrical Companies in Italy3.
The institutional dialogue with the trade and employer associations in which Enel and its subsidiaries took part in 2018 concerned the support of regulatory and consultation processes, among others, on the following main topics:
- development of energy policies: in cluding, among other topics, the stra tegic outlook of the sector, energy efficiency, the growth of renewables, smart grid development and energy costs4;
- increasing business competitive ness: including, among other topics, tax regulation, labor law issues and environmental policies5
2 The annual contributions in the last four fiscal years have amounted to: 8.3 million euros in 2018; 9 million euros in 2017; 9 million euros in 2016; 9.7 million euros in 2015. These figures include the contributions paid by Enel SpA (including the main Italian companies) and its foreign subsidiaries Endesa, Enel Américas and Enel Chile.
3 Specifically: UNESA 2.2 million euros; Confindustria 1.9 million euros; Italian National Association of Electrical Companies 0.7 million euros.
4 The contribution in 2018 was 5.2 million euros.
5 The contribution in 2018 was 3.1 million euros.