In accordance with its new Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, Ferrovial confirms its active role in projects rather than merely assuming the more traditional role of funds provider. The Social Infrastructures program has established the following possibilities for collaboration with development cooperation organizations.
- Professional advice: Ferrovial professionals with their various profiles and skills (civil and hydraulic engineers, architects, etc) offer their assistance to NGOs providing their work and know-how in the NGO’s projects, albeit in the field or in the workplace. This advisory capacity has resulted from a collaboration agreement between the two entities which will ensure long term cooperation in this area.
- Active cooperation projects: Ferrovial undertakes to replicate the collaboration model between NGO, company and governments, with a view to incorporating the lessons learned in this first experience in other areas of Africa needing basic infrastructures. The goal is to promote a development cooperation project in collaboration with an NGO in the country in question which will have the following characteristics:
All the projects which arise from this programme are managed by a Committee comprising representatives of the NGO and the company, the latter acting as a technical advisor on infrastructure. The fundamental requirements for accessing this programme are:
- Foundations or institutions declared to be of public interest in Spain, that have been in existence for at least 3 years.
- At least 3 years’ experience working in the region and the project’s specific field.
- Transparency: the organisations annual accounts must be audited externally.
- Projects dealing with water supply for human consumption and sanitation in Africa and Latin America.
The programmes must involve Ferrovial volunteers, such that the needs identified, at corporate level and on the ground, require solutions in which Ferrovial professionals provide added value.
The period for presenting applications runs from April to June each year. The current rules and application form will be posted on the Ferrovial website in that period.
Sustainable Development Goals
The infrastructure and services sector can undoubtedly contribute to the new United Nations Development Agenda, generating changes in society aimed at improving well-being.
Ferrovial, aware of the importance of the 17 ODS (stands in Spanish for Sustainable Development Goals), contributes transversally to each of them, concentrating its efforts on three of them, directly related to its core business:
- ODS 6. Clean water and sanitation
- ODS 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
- ODS 11. Sustainable cities and communities.
The Social Infrastructure program, through its projects implemented with NGO partners, contributes to the achievement of Objective 6 “Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.