IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH CIVIL SOCIETY AND GOVERNMENT, THE INTERCEMENT INSTITUTE DEVELOPS PROJECTS THAT AIM TO GENERATE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO ACTIONS INVOLVING TOPICS THAT ARE IDENTIFIED WITH THE COMMUNITIES, LIKE CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, EDUCATION, AND STRENGTHENING SOCIAL CAPITAL.
Another form of cooperation involves support for citizenship action in the form of incentives for volunteerism by way of activities that are organized by the GAIVs (Ideal Volunteer Action Groups), which mobilize professionals from InterCement and partner companies, their families and friends.
The InterCement Institute is responsible for coordinating social organizations, governments, companies, technical partners responsible for the total or partial execution of the actions of a project and operators, as well as ensuring the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of actions and projects implemented with the communities.
Three instances of participation were created for this that have proved to be effective over time: CIVICOs, CDCs and GAIVs:
The Committees for Encouraging Volunteerism and Interaction with the Community (CIVICOs) are formed by InterCement professionals, who guide the planning and monitor the on-going projects in each locality.
Each group is comprised of five or six professionals and functions as an extension of the Institute in the production unit. Participants undergo periodic training to develop and improve the skills and competences they need for social mobilization.
The Community Development Committees (CDCs) bring together representatives from local community organizations, government and InterCement to draw up and support projects that are aimed at community development.
Leaders from the communities located in the program’s focus areas take part; they are generally representatives from municipal departments of education, health, welfare, culture and economic development, as well as from non-governmental organizations and charitable entities and institutions.
The Ideal Volunteers Action Groups (GAIVs) are spontaneously formed by professionals from InterCement, who meet together to carry out voluntary actions involving causes in which they are interested.
In addition to earmarking funds for the initial boost, the Institute establishes or draws up incentives so that their mobilization is continuous, planned and as a group.