The Metropolitan Region (MR) is the one reporting the highest levels of poverty intensity. This, despite the fact that, with respect to multidimensional poverty, the MR is the seventh region with the lowest rates (20%) and regarding income, it is the fourth region with the lowest poverty (5.4%).
Santiago is the region’s capital, but it is also the most segregated city in Chile, and as such, it encourages inequalities, and the most vulnerable population is concentrated in the poorest districts in connection with deficient vegetation indicators that affect the social fabric of the districts themselves. On the other hand, the MR has high rates of deprivation reported by the safety indicator, in fact, the capacity to live and work in a safe environment has a fairly low incidence rate in the rest of the country, which determines that the intensity levels are the highest at the national level.
Aware of the fact that we operate in different neighborhoods with evident social and economic heterogeneity, Enel Chile, through Enel Distribución Chile, has established an ongoing relationship with the multiple community organizations present in the concession area, proposing various projects based upon the needs of each district.
During 2019, areas of action were defined as a result of the materiality analysis, determined by the priorities of the customers. Among them, in different neighborhoods the need was identified for a more effective collaboration between companies, neighborhood organizations, and families. The activities to meet these needs are reflected each year in the sustainability plan.
On the other hand, the Metropolitan Region has a considerable historical and cultural density. Within it, coexist diverse stories, races, and challenges, in terms of social and economic development. In this sense, Enel Distribución Chile has concentrated its efforts upon considering these aspects in order to address its initiatives, with a view to the future, incorporating diversity, respecting the different characteristics and identities that exist in the territory. Aware of the existing reality between urban areas and other rural zones and of the differences in the conditions that determine the quality of life of the inhabitants of the concession area, priority has been given to community management, in order to be a real contribution towards the reduction of existing inequalities. The different scenarios and regional dynamics are part of the everyday work of our company and local communities, therefore the roadmap of our initiatives is constantly changing, but it always maintains the objectives towards achieving a more developed and sustainable society.