Global Reach, Local Responsibility

Sustainability
While Abengoa’s corporate foundation — Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (FOCUS) — was officially founded in 1982, its origins date back to 1972 when company officials got involved in a local movement to preserve some of Seville’s cultural artifacts. The activity galvanized Abengoa leadership around the belief that the company should go beyond the strict confines of business and engineering to play an integral role in solving social and environmental challenges. Since 1991, FOCUS-Abengoa has been located in Seville’s historic Hospital de los Venerables. Frogram FOCUS-Abengoa. The foundation strives to help children, women, the elderly and the disabled through a number of programs and events that highlight the core FOCUS pillars of welfare, education, research and culture. • Vuela, a scholarship program for the children of Abengoa employees, allows young…
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Good citizenship equals good business

Sustainability
For many companies, social responsibility is an adjunct to the core business; a way to help better the communities that help sustain the core functions of the enterprise. It’s different for Abengoa: By creating long-term solutions to complex resource issues, our core business is the betterment of global communities. From second generation ethanol production from corn stover to global leadership in solar facilities, from water quality treatment to urban solid waste solutions, alternative and sustainable industries are the pathways we’ve chosen to demonstrate our commitment to good citizenship. The release of our 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report makes this abundantly clear — and it’s open for all to see. More than detailing our charity investments in community social action programs (€ 9.1 million), employee hours volunteering (10,443), or even the number of human…
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Abengoa’s Gerson Santos-Leon, shaping bioenergy’s future

Sustainability
As executive vice president of Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies, Gerson Santos-Leon has spent more than 10 years driving cellulosic ethanol’s transformation into a viable, successful and effective commercial product. In February, the Renewable Fuels Association recognized Santos-Leon’s role as a pioneer and his enormous contributions to the industry by awarding him the prestigious RFA 2014 Industry Award. Santos-Leon was laying the groundwork for a biofuel future long before his arrival at Abengoa. At the U.S. Department of Energy, he led the Biofuels Program and established many of the scientific and strategic touchstones that companies like Abengoa use today to advance and guide bioenergy initiatives. He pushed the U.S. government to invest in cellulosic biofuel and the technologies required to make processing more cost-effective, understanding that non-food energy crops would play…
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