Corporate Social Responsibility
Cadagua takes active part in the Social Infrastructure Program developed by Ferrovial. Ferrovial perceives investment in the Community as a strategic instrument for developing society and the area and surroundings where it carries out its corporate activity. For this reason it chooses to develop social action projects consistent with its social responsibility for the areas and environments where it does business.
Ferrovial is more than just a simple donor and takes an active part in its social activities, providing not only funds but also technical assistance, technology and specialist help in developing projects.
At the invitation of the United Nations, the company has focused one facet of its activities on Millennium Development Goals. Ferrovial sees itself as a particular reference for Goal no. 8: "Develop a global partnership for development". For this purpose Ferrovial has been holding a number of meetings with Spanish Government representatives, the United Nations and various NGOs in order to disseminate its model of public-private partnership. Furthermore, all the development cooperation projects in which the company takes part respond to several of these goals.
Project "Maji ni Uhai" ("Water is life")
Within this context, Cadagua along as some other Ferrovial companies has taken part in the project Maji ni Uhai (water is life). This project is the result of a joint venture between, Ferrovial, and the NGO, Amref, designed to combat poverty: a cooperation project which has provided drinking water and sanitary infrastructures to 51,000 people in Tanzania. The project, which has benefitted five communities in the Serengeti District, was developed over three years with a budget of 1.8 million euros and was finalized in 2011 with the achievement of 100% of the goals.
Ferrovial was committed to 100% of the funding, along with providing the technological basis of the project, and volunteers to carry out technical studies and oversee the works, as well as transferring their know-how to local communities. In turn, Amref undertook to provide logistics services for the direction execution of the project in the field.
In undertaking this project, Ferrovial aimed to become an active member in striving to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and in particular, to become a benchmark organization in the attainment of Goal 8 "Promote a global partnership for development". This form of collaboration is unusual in that it is genuinely innovative in terms of international cooperation, as it is based on a public-private partnership between a company, an NGO and Regional governments in the area of activity.
One of the key aspects of the project was the construction, protection and rehabilitation of 557 health facilities and water catchment and supply though deep wells, filter rings, gravity systems and latrines in schools and clinics.
In addition, local technicians were trained in maintenance of these new infrastructures and a campaign was launched to heighten awareness of good hygiene habits involving local leaders and communities. To achieve this, the Project promoted an effective community organization through the creation of Water Users Associations and Health Clubs, in which women (the most vulnerable in this area) always play a leading role. Other activities were also carried out focusing on Institutional Capacity Buildings for those institutions involved in project implementation, including the District Water Department and the District Health Department.
Good hygiene helps control and reduce water-borne diseases. Moreover, the burden of the female population is reduced, no longer being required to source and carry water home and girls have more opportunities to go to school. In recognition of its innovative character, the Maji ni Uhai project won the European Business Award for the Environment 2010 in the International Cooperation Category granted by the Environment European Commission. It also received a special jury mention in the World Business and Development Awards 2010 organized by the Cámara Internacional de Comercio (International Chamber of Commerce).
Last July Cadagua participated in another project led by Ferrovial and the NGO ONGawa, in the regions of Maore and Khiurio, northeast of Tanzania.
"An experience that impacted me. It made me think and reconsider certain aspects of life that we take for granted" - Eneko Cantera (Cadagua’s engineer).
The main objective of the Project is to improve the existing Water Supply Facilities in order to reduce the mortality index due to diseases related with the quality of water and training the teams for the proper Operation and Maintenance works.
The directly beneficiary are 25.757 persons and another 48.758 benefit indirectly.