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.
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 adults to better understand what their parents do while also experiencing their first taste of real-world work.
• The People, Education & Communities (PE&C) program, which includes physical and sports education and employment training for disadvantaged youth, is now operating around the world where Abengoa has operations, including Argentina, Brazil, India, Mexico and Peru.
• FOCUS-Abengoa supports local research facilities, such as the Loyola Abengoa Research Center and the Diego Velázquez Research Center, by offering educational opportunities for those interested in business, art and research and development. Additionally, competitions and scholarships such as the Javier Benjumea Puigcerver Research Prize and the Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez International Prize are available to members of the scientific and research communities of Seville.
In addition to its own charity and scholarship activities, FOCUS-Abengoa supports partnerships with international religious groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), communities and schools who work with elderly and people with disabilities to help improve the lot and outlook of these groups.
Culture and the arts are also important features of the foundation and are supported through a number of concerts, exhibitions and seminars held at the Hospital de los Venerables each year.