Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico, presented Ferrovial with the 2012 Social Responsibility distinction in the "International Development Cooperation" category as part of the awards presented by the Latin American Center for Social Responsibility (CLARES
). This award recognises Ferrovial for its Maji ni Uhai
project and its strategic alliances with Amref.
The award ceremony was held as part of the 5th International Conference on Social Responsibility, hosted by the Anahuac University (México Norte). At the event, Felipe Calderón underlined the importance of social responsibility and sustainability for national development.
The Maji ni Uhai project has received several distinctions, including the European Commission's International Cooperation Award for Sustainable Development and the Entorno Foundation Award.
As part of Maji ni Uhai, Ferrovial developed a water supply system which benefits more than 50,000 people in the Serengeti district of Tanzania. Access to drinking water has increased from 28% to 89% in the five communities where the project has been implemented. Water-borne diseases have declined by 54.4% in children and by 55.2% in adults. More than 30 Ferrovial volunteers were directly involved in the project, and they trained over 1,500 Tanzanians to manage and maintain the infrastructure.
The economic crisis has led to a new model of development aid alliances. Not only is there greater integration and cooperation between the third sector and the private sector, but there are also new players involved in the process, such as universities, public administrations, etc.
Ferrovial has created a new cooperation model which aligns with its business model, whereby the company not only provides the funding, but is also an active participant in the project. Accordingly, the company places its expertise and experience, accumulated over six decades, at the service of social responsibility and development cooperation.
Last year, Ferrovial was ranked second on Fortune magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies in the social responsibility category. This year, it ranked sixth and was the only Spanish company in that category.