PE&C and its development, a hallmark of Abengoa.
Solar plants, desalination plants or energy transmission lines are built in places where communities live, many of them are vulnerable. These communities have their own identity that must be respected and accompanied in its development. So from them, we start with PE&C, Abengoa’s social action program which has become a hallmark of the company.
When a company starts a project, it does so in the context of an existing community such as a town, a neighborhood, a place or a village. Those communities with their history, culture and identity must be respected and also accompanied in their development. With PE&C, Abengoa’s social action program, we help to promote the development and the identity of each environment as we build bridges between business and community.
” We have been working for eleven years designing, implementing and evaluating projects together with institutions, communities and employees.
We have been working for eleven uninterrupted years designing, implementing and evaluating projects together with institutions, communities and employees. The recipients of our projects are vulnerable groups in different parts of the world: people with disabilities, children, and families with unmet basic needs, indigenous people, migrants and women who are victims of gender-based violence.
Looking back to our beginnings in 2005 in Monte Quemado, Argentina, we have witnessed a journey full of achievements in which PE&C has played an active role on the positive impact on the communities where it is present. After Argentina, we can add other countries in Latin America, such as Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Chile, and then we can include PE&C at Abengoa’s headquarters in Seville. India, Sri Lanka and Morocco complete the map.
From education (social education, job training, non-formal education, skills training, education for community development, family schools), we have created working methodologies based on five pillars: social sensitivity, adaptability to different contexts, creative work teams with a sense of belonging, and communication and the participation of company employees.
” The improvements seen in each vulnerable person encourages us to continue working towards aligning opportunities for growth.
The program plans a long-term working strategy that includes the direct relationship between business and community development. At the same time, PE&C gets directly involved by means of the work of its own team.
The improvements seen in every vulnerable person, in each group, and in neglected and poor communities, as well as the support of institutions that are true examples of social intervention, encourage us to continue working towards aligning opportunities for growth.
We believe that improvements go far beyond statistics. In India: the story of Umilaben and her happy childbirth. Nadine’s case and her labor inclusion in Abengoa Mexico. The protection that shelters provide to children who have been abused in Argentina. Planned nutrition of children in Aracaju (Brazil). Nador’s work with young Moroccans to improve their self-esteem. The opportunity of Haitian children to learn Spanish in Quilicura, Chile. Setting up a kindergarten in the small rural town of Pachma (Peru). Art education for girls living in the Orphanage in Mount Lavinia (Sri Lanka). And the development of a landmark in Torreblanca for all the families in the neighborhood. These are just some examples of true stories that show the results of our work.
The program is an example of best practice and an example to follow for all those who believe that a company should play an important role in the development of communities.