Social Environment

Technical know-how and management capabilities at the service of the challenges of social development and cooperation

The company is a leading agent in the development of society, through the services, equipment and projects it provides and the transfer of technical know-how, technology and management capabilities to the most impoverished parts of the planet.

In 1996, with this reality in mind, Eptisa began a specialized activity of development cooperation with the main aim of combining business opportunities which benefit both the company and society as a whole. It is now a point of reference in multilateral fund management and works with the main international development agencies.

Cooperation has many objectives, basically focussed on the fight against poverty, the scope of which necessitates the capabilities of very different agents, such as those of a highly technical nature, where engineering companies have very extensive know-how.

Eptisa's strong points are its technical and management capabilities, the ability to identify and define technical solutions, its contribution to the improvement of the Physical Capital of people's environment and swift response to requirements in the most demanding circumstances.

In addition, in developing countries there are no purely technical projects: technical problems are always related with social problems. It is necessary, therefore, to understand how local social and cultural factors (which are different in each different place) function so that the technical solutions proposed are adequate in all their dimensions.

Eptisa's business responsibility focuses on respect for a series of principles in its actions and projects, for example, esteem for local human and material resources, the population's sense of appropriation, empowerment [1] of meta groups, awareness and consensus of the various local participants, compatibility with local development processes and conservation of natural resources.

Eptisa's professionals understand the great importance of being complementary to other participants who provide local knowledge such as consultants, research centres, public institutions or universities. And of the role of NGOs, who have experience and knowledge of the dynamics of society, the ability to understand and relate to the needs of the population, experience in the design of social intervention and normally knowledge of appropriate local techniques/technologies.