Meet the Foundation

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The Manuel António da Mota Foundation (FMAM) was established in 2009 and officially recognised in 2010.
It constitutes the contemporary and natural corollary of the philanthropic matrix and tradition of the Mota-Engil Group, in the path of the legacy of its founder, Manuel António da Mota.
Manuel António da Mota was an entrepreneur and philanthropist who surpassed himself.

Despite all the adversities, through his business activity or on his own initiative, he has always contributed to the common good, affirming the values that FMAM and the Mota family preserve until today.
Having only the primary school education, but endowed with strong determination and boldness, in 1946 he founded Mota & Companhia, a company focused on the Engineering and Construction sector, which later lead to the Mota-Engil Group.

The Mota-Engil Group, led by the Mota family, today comprises a wide and multi-sectoral set of businesses, encompassing the areas of Engineering and Construction, Environment and Services, Transport Concessions, Energy, Mining and Tourism. 
Present in Europe, in the American Continents and Africa through its branches and affiliated companies spread across the world, it’s turnover amounts to more than 2 billion euros, counting in its ranks with thousands of employees.

Created in honour of Manuel António da Mota, the Foundation is an important instrument of the social responsibility policy of the Mota-Engil Group, as an organised and systematic expression of an ethical and socially committed management, in the name of an active and participative corporate citizenship.

The Foundation, based in the city of Porto, has for statutory purposes the promotion, development and support of initiatives of a social nature in the fields of beneficence and social solidarity, and of a cultural nature in the fields of education, health, environment, organization and support to the artistic activity, exercising its activity throughout the national territory and in the countries where the Mota-Engil Group is present.

It also institutes the “Manuel António da Mota Award” annually.


The mission of the Manuel António da Mota Foundation is to act in favour of the integrated development of the communities in which the Mota-Engil Group operates, in Portugal and abroad, particularly in the social, cultural, educational and environmental domains.

The Manuel António da Mota Foundation stands out as a reference entity among its counterparts, honouring the inspiring memory of Manuel António da Mota and the spirit of its founders, contributing decisively to the reinforcement and consolidation of the social responsibility strategy of the Mota-Engil Group.

In compliance with its statutory purposes, strategy, objectives, activities, policies and management systems, the Manuel António da Mota Foundation is governed by the preservation and defense of the following values:


The Foundation pursues a set of strategic objectives which constitute the main guidelines of its activity.