Eiffage has been established in Senegal since 1926, when it was called ETPD (Entreprise des Travaux du Port de Dakar), so the Group has a long history in that country where it now has more than 1,200 employees.
iffage Senegal’s business activities are based on the design, construction and renovation of buildings, civil engineering structures, industrial civil engineering, electricity, infrastructure and road works, and river and offshore structures. In 2014, the revenues earned in this country amounted to €103.5 million. Eiffage Senegal, which signed the CSR and Sustainable Development Charter of Senegalese companies in 2012, has been assisting its employees in Senegal and local people for many years.
A strong, recognised CSR policy
At the end of November 2014, Eiffage Senegal general management decided to set up a special internal organisation dedicated to CSR in order to:
- boost its ability to optimise the structuring of its CSR actions,
- adopt a communication strategy better adapted to CSR challenges at Eiffage Senegal ;
- take action prior to the updating of ISO 9001 and 14001 standards.
The company’s CSR strategic committee then set up a CSR operational committee with members representing its key functions and employee representatives. One year later, Eiffage Senegal received recognition for its CSR policy at the Seventh International CSR Forum which took place in Dakar from November 19 to 22, 2015. On that occasion, a banner recognising the company’s CSR achievements in 2015 was presented to Gérard Sénac by Aliou Sall, Mayor of Guediawaye and President of the Senegalese mayors’ association.
Action to promote local well-being
Official opening of schools in Diamniadio and Médina Gounass
Yam primary school in Diamniadio, was inaugurated on 18 February 2015, at an official ceremony attended notably by the Prefect of Rufisque, the Operations directors of Eiffage Senegal and the Mayor of Diamniadio.
This school – which was moved when land was acquired for the toll motorway linking Diamniadio to Blaise-Diagne international airport – was extended to accommodate a greater number of pupils. It was rebuilt in 2014 by a partnership between Apix SA, Eiffage Senegal, Eiffage Travaux Publics and Senac SA.
Then, on 27 February 2015, Eiffage Senegal attended the official opening of Keur Fatou Kaba school in Médina Gounass, in Dakar suburbs. This school was renovated and extended with the support of Eiffage Senegal, among other benefactors, enabling it to more than triple the number of classes, from three in 2011 to 11 in 2014, and increase its intake of pupils from 312 to 472.
Campaigns have been conducted since 2003 to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS among employees, subcontractors and people living in the vicinity of work sites concerned. An in-house AIDS prevention committee was set up, comprising two-person counselling teams from Eiffage Senegal. A partnership was formed between Eiffage Senegal and the Senegalese national AIDS prevention council (CNLS) in 2010. An initial review of steps taken was conducted, for the period 2009-2015:
- 7,986 people received instruction from Eiffage’s two-person counselling teams
- 7,185 people were tested on a voluntary, anonymous basis
A company protecting environmental heritage
Maintaining the link with Carabane island
Until 2002, the Dakar-Ziguinchor ferry, named Joola, made calls off the coast of Carabane island, former capital of Casamance and a classified historic heritage site. After that vessel sank, causing the death of nearly 2,000 people, the possibility of re-establishing this link in better safety conditions was discussed.
For that purpose, Eiffage Senegal was entrusted with the project to build a passenger jetty and a canoe jetty on Carabane island. This pilot environmental project entails the following phases:
- Performing a carbon footprint assessment
- Building site installations of high environmental quality;
- Installing a photovoltaic power plant;
- Managing water and waste;
- Proposing improvements to the structure;
- Conducting a social campaign of cultural, environmental and health-oriented actions
An eco-park in Casamance
In cooperation with Ecofund and APES, Eiffage Senegal played a part in carrying out works for the creation of a 400-hectare eco-park in Dimebering forest, Casamance. This eco-park, covering a broad swathe of virgin forest, mangrove swamp and a palm grove, is surrounded by hills rising above paddy fields and by the Atlantic Ocean just 150 metres from the site.
Eiffage Senegal contributed to various projects for the creation of this eco-park:
- Erecting a fence to the designated area of the eco-park
- Renovating an eco-lodge (installing solar panels for lighting, renovating the water supply system, fitting a solar pump, etc.)
This eco-lodge, officially opened in 2015, provides ideal accommodation in the eco-park while complying with traditional architecture.
The company participates in numerous community initiatives in education and sport, donates equipment, assists with the creation of businesses and provides financial support for social and environmental projects.
Preserving local skills
The Nubian Vault association which launched the project in collaboration with "The Partnership" asked Eiffage Foundation and Eiffage Senegal to implement a programme to popularise the Nubian Vault construction technique in Podor area (northern Senegal).
This project is intended to provide a sustainable solution to the problem of housing in Podor and, more widely, in Senegal by way of an international programme which is now being implemented in five countries in West Africa: Burkina-Faso, Mali, Senegal, Ghana and Benin, and which it is hoped will be extended to cover the whole Sahel region of Africa. The aim is to promote the use of a mud brick construction technique using the Nubian Vault method while taking into account Senegal’s socioeconomic realities and fostering the development of a local market.
The fields of action covered the following items:
- Improving housing by introducing a Nubian Vault building solution,
- Training apprentice masons in the Nubian Vault technique,
- Constructing a number of buildings (house of the honorary consul in Kanel cultural centre, Nguendar maternity clinic, sewing workshop in Nianga Edy, etc.).
Organic market garden near the Dakar motorway
Taking the opportunity provided by Eiffage’s work on the Dakar-Diamniadio toll motorway, SENAC SA (Société Eiffage de la Nouvelle Autoroute Concédée Dakar-Diamniadio) placed a site covering 1 hectare 700 sq. m divided into 28 market garden allotments for women living near the new motorway. This land is among the areas left unused by the motorway, as they are adjacent to not it but occupied by it. Local people will be able to grow fruit and vegetables there, using sustainable farming techniques (without using chemicals). SENAC SA took this initiative to allow these plots to be used to reduce poverty, especially in underprivileged areas along the motorway.
This project had the following goals:
- Help boost the financial independence of women by enabling them to earn money,
- Improve the reliability of food supplies by focusing on the production, marketing and consumption of farmed products,
- Promote the learning of market gardening techniques (that can then be passed on to other),
- Improve these women’s management skills to optimise future development of the market gardening project,
- Help improve women’s social status in terms of gender equality and promote local development,
- Pursue a social campaign of cultural, environmental and health-oriented actions.