Local impact

Projects with an impact on the Community are those that directly benefit the towns where Ferrovial carries out its activity. During 2007, investment in the community projects directly benefited over 330,000 people, with an investment per beneficiary of 20 euro in 2007. The country to benefit most from Ferrovial social investment is Spain (4.1 million euro), followed by the United Kingdom (1.7 million euro).

Taking the profile of the beneficiaries into account, most of the projects are aimed at benefiting the community as a whole (63%), followed by children (32%).  In 2008, Ferrovial intends to significantly promote projects for social integration of immigrants and people at risk of exclusion, both in Spain and the United Kingdom. These projects currently involve 2% of the contributions made in 2007 and they have benefited 6,800 people.

Concerning the area of action, half of the contributions (54%) made to projects are related to the arts, culture and sport. The other half went to social projects, mainly local social investment and cooperation with development.

Action Areas

Among the social investment in the community projects, four priority areas are distinguished:

  • Education and training. This is one of the main social integration tools in the OECD countries in which Ferrovial operates. It involved 50% of contributions made in 2007, which were used for collaboration projects with schools, study support and education in values; development of skills and employability of young people; or collaboration agreements with universities, training programmes and dissemination of publications, amongst others.

  • Social and economic development. Most economic development projects are aimed at encouraging the acquisition of career skills in people at risk of social exclusion, such as the young unemployed, the long-term unemployed or immigrants. They also support initiatives or institutions that complement social services for children, the elderly and homeless or disabled people. 25% of contributions are allocated to these projects.

  • Environment: these are projects aimed at compensating for the environmental impact on the community (CO2 emissions) or the search for positive solutions to minimise impacts (such as noise in towns near airports), protection of the natural environment and raising social awareness of matters such as energy consumption or mobility. These projects represent 15% of contributions.

  • Health. Most contributions are made directly to children's or maternity hospitals, although there have also been some specific donations for campaigns related to cancer, leukaemia, cystic fibrosis, Golden Har Syndrome, autism, diabetes, heart disease or lupus; and campaigns to prevent drug taking and to encourage healthy habits among young people. In total, health projects involved 10% of contributions.