One of the main platforms for the development of the actions described above is professional bodies and associations. For this reason, EPM maintains an active participation in the principal professional associations relating to public utilities in the country: ANDESCO, ASOCODIS, ACOLGEN AND NATURGAS. This participation is based on a collegiate relationship with national companies in the sector for the purpose of building knowledge and the promulgation of joint initiatives in legislative, regulatory and public policy matters before State bodies and competent organizations, when they relate to priority issues for domestic public utilities that are supported technically, legally and economically by EPM.
EPM also maintains active membership in the principal national and regional councils and committees that specialize in energy issues in order to discuss, evaluate and manage technical and academic sector initiatives. Among these bodies, the following are emphasized:
- The Commission for Regional Energy Integration (CIER – COCIER)
- The National Council for Electricity and Gas Operation – CNO
- The Consultative Committee on Commercialization – CAC
- The Consultative Committee on Transmission Planning – CAPT
- The Corporate Center for Research and Technological Development in the Electricity Sector – CIDET
For several years, EPM has articulated its involvement with international trends in regard to sustainability in the water, energy and CSR sectors, through its ties to global networks. This is in order to measure and manage the large issues that impact sustainability within a comprehensive focus, and from the point of view of the provision of the service, social well-being, the challenges, and the means of addressing them. In this plan, the link between EPM and professional and global associations is notable. There are links with the World Council on Energy, the International Hydroelectric Association and the International Water Association, among others, that converge on sector issues that are of broad interest to the company. EPM likewise forms part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the reference institution in issues concerning sustainability and in which around 200 companies participate by invitation only. Also notable is the active link with the roundtables of the regional Colombian Global Compact network, in which EPM has worked directly on Human Rights and Anticorruption issues.