Over the past years, we at the Solar Group have increased our focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities: initiated energy consumption activities, focused on responsible supplier management, supported human rights initiatives, etc. We want to make sure that all of our CSR efforts are systematically linked to our company's strategy, because in our world, CSR and business value go hand in hand
Since 2015, Solar A/S has engaged in a solid partnership with SOS Children’s Villages on sustainable energy renovation to help orphaned children. The extreme situation in some parts of Africa has made first Zanzibar and since Ethiopia an obvious pick for Solar Group. We are very excited to be able to challenge our expertise within energy efficiency and at the same time make a difference to children in need.
In 2015 and 2016, Solar A/S partnered up with SOS Children’s Villages, Siemens and Engineers without Borders to ensure sustainable energy supply to a children’s village in Zanzibar. When our involvement in Zanzibar ended in December 2016, 44 solar cell panels had been set up in an SOS children’s village and are now supplying the village with enough power to cover what they need in daytime. The project, which won us the CSR Partnership Award in 2015, was the first of its kind for us in Solar. We set out with the aim of using our expertise within energy-efficient solutions where it really makes a difference. In addition to donating funds, know-how and labour, we raised funds for the children via our customer surveys. This gave our customers an opportunity to join in on the project and make a difference together with us.
The project in Zanzibar marked the start of a long-term corporate social responsibility partnership to bring the benefits of solar power and clean energy technologies to one of the poorest countries in Africa.
And though we have concluded our involvement in Zanzibar, our partnership with the SOS Children’s Villages continues. Over the coming three years, Solar Group together with Engineers without Borders and SOS Children’s Villages will be implementing solar energy in a children’s village in Ethiopia to provide a much cheaper and stable energy source.
Two children in school writing on the chalk board (photo: S. Erken)
In 2016, the installation of Solar cell panels provided sustainable energy to 90 orphans and their SOS families in Zanzibar. We're thrilled to be making a differenceTore Håkonsson, senior vice preseident, HR & communications