Sustainability and Social Responsibility
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We view the concept of corporate social responsibility as referring to sustainability at various levels; in other words, the capacity to maintain a balance between the values of economic, environmental, and social responsibility. Social Responsibility as an integrated part of the Tecnimont's strategic vision means ethical commitment, keeping high quality production processes and extreme transparency in the relationships. These are elements of paramount importance to gain and safeguard a recognized competitive advantage at international level. Our people have long been committed to their work designing and building complex facilities in a wide range of geographical and cultural contexts. They are well aware of the fundamental importance of proper, transparent relationships with clients and local communities, based on respect for their different identities and flexibility in meeting the economic, environmental, and social needs of the context in which they operate.
At the beginning of 2010 Maire Tecnimont decided to support a challenging and motivating project alongside the charity Save the Children by financing an important educational initiative in India. Aware that education is one of the main drivers in the development of a country, the Group invested in a long-term project aimed at improving the school environment and the teaching-learning process in some Indian primary schools.

In view of the initial positive outcomes and feedback, Maire Tecnimont has decided to increase its commitment by continuing the cooperation with Save the Children, the largest independent charity helping children in need around the world. In June 2011 the Group decided to expand the activities already under way in several Indian primary schools in Greater Mumbai, by extending the project to 13 other schools in the area. The new project, which will last until June 2013, involves 26 schools, nearly 5,000 pupils aged 6-14 years, and 100 teachers, not to mention other stakeholders such as parents, local authorities, NGO partners, and parental associations.

Starting from the same approach employed in the first phase, the enlarged project aims to improve on the work already done to create a more child-friendly environment, and thereby reduce the drop-out rate and increase literacy in Indian primary schools.

The second project, like the first, will employ a BLES (Building Learning Environment in Schools)* strategy. This uses structures and facilities already present in schools as tools to make the learning process easier for both children and teachers, moving from “chalk and talk” to a more engaging and child-centered approach and adapting schooling facilities to the learning needs of the youngest children. The schools themselves become dynamic tools to visualize abstract concepts and make them more understandable: the stairs become a unit of calculation, the radiuses of door openings are transformed into diagrams of angles, and the window grills make it easier to understand fractions, the whole building featuring a cheerful atmosphere of bright patterns and vibrant colours.

The new project will operate on the same assumptions as the first, but improve and widen them to generate more awareness and engagement from local stakeholders. In the next few months, seven learning resource centres will be created and equipped with libraries and teaching and learning aids. In addition, 26 children’s groups will be involved in capacity building activities on child protection issues (gender discrimination, sexual abuse, right to education), and parents and teachers will be more and more involved in the coordination, monitoring and evaluation phases of the project. Essential features of the new project will be improving school buildings and facilities, training teachers in their use, and educating children on the subjects of children’s rights, the benefits of schooling, and gender sensitivity. It will also aim to increase awareness of the project, its objectives and results amongst parents and other stakeholders, in the belief that the self-sustainability of the project is primal and can be achieved not only by improving tangible facilities, such as school buildings, but also by providing the intangible tools to manage them.

The encouraging results obtained till now and the challenging outcomes expected in the future make Maire Tecnimont Group proud to have chosen to support education, social commitment and child protection by cooperating with Save the Children.

*formerly named BaLA