Commitment & CSR

At Arausol, we understand CSR as the social responsibility of our company as well as our overall social, ecological responsibility.

It´s our target to economize as sustainably as possible, to save resources, to be ethically, socially responsible and economically successful. We not only live this conviction through our mission statement and in our company day, as also by supporting projects that are dedicated to social and ecological issues.


 

Innovation begins in the head and REQUIRES HEART.

According to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, "access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and up-to-date energy for all" must be ensured (SDG 7).

 As a leading company in the field of solar technology, we see ourselves in the special social responsibility to share our expertise, our experience and our success. And also actively shape a world in the spirit of our corporate culture. We take a look outside the box. The use of innovative technologies opens up positive development opportunities - whether socially, economically or ecologically - and should not be a privilege.

On the contrary, in the areas of poverty reduction, food security, education, health, environmental protection, etc., access to sustainable solar energy is an important, urgently needed catalyst for holistic development in many regions of the world.

We are therefore working together with the non-profit organization LOVE FOR LIFE to support the IMAGINE LIGHT humanitarian solar energy project in the Amazon, which provides four indigenous peoples a sustainable access to clean energy. It is for us a matter of heart to pass on something of our success.

  A Waorani family in front of their newly installed solar system, which provides electricity for the first time in the Amazon. It not only allows light, but also an independent and self-determined life.

A Waorani family in front of their newly installed solar system, which provides electricity for the first time in the Amazon. It not only allows light, but also an independent and self-determined life.

In the pilot project IMAGINE LIGHT from LOVE FOR LIFE, a total of 44 families in five rainforest communities were equipped with solar systems in spring 2016.The project allows indigenous peoples affected by the destruction of their territories by the oil industry to have access to clean and independent solar energy. And also a sustainable and self-determined development.The strengthening of the indigenous peoples also helps to protect the Amazon rainforest, an important stabilizer of our world climate.

With the development and construction of the mounting systems and the provision of our technical know-how, we have gladly contributed to the sustainable project success and are looking forward to another successful cooperation!

  Arausol assembly system of an island-solar system in the Waorani community of Nemonpare in the Amazon of Ecuador.

Arausol assembly system of an island-solar system in the Waorani community of Nemonpare in the Amazon of Ecuador.


The humanitarian solar project IMAGINE LIGHT

 

The home of one of the most important and most species-rich ecosystems on earth, the Amazon forest in Ecuador, is threatened by the exploitation of its resources in its survival.

Driven by the presence of crude oil, wood and palm oil, agricultural settlements expand. They threaten with the great industrial presence the survival of the unique ecosystem and the cultural survival of the indigenous nationalities, including Cofán, Secoya, Siona and Waorani which have inhabited these forests for thousands of years. The four indigenous peoples have recently unified in a unique alliance, whose mission is to build an indigenous movement for the cultural survival and protection of the rainforest. They gave their alliance the name Fundación Alianza Ceibo, called like the largest tree in the Amazon rainforest, a giant that is sacred to them.

  Root of a Ceibo tree in the northeastern Amazon of Ecuador.

Root of a Ceibo tree in the northeastern Amazon of Ecuador.

The charity organization LOVE FOR LIFE supports the mission of the four indigenous nationalities. Together they realize the solar energy project IMAGINE LIGHT. The humanitarian project allows indigenous peoples access to clean and independent solar energy. As well as a sustainable and self-determined development. It supports them in their role as guardians of one of the last natural treasures of our planet. In spring 2016, a total of 44 families in five rainforest communities were equipped with solar systems in the pilot project. This has created sustainable development opportunities in the areas of education, health, food security, the right to self-determination, climate protection, environmental protection and women's empowerment.

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Cooperation is the future

Arausol supported the organization in system development of the island solar system optimally adapted to the needs of indigenous families and the particular climatic conditions in the Amazon.

We also developed and produced the assembly system for all solar systems. It is our responsibility to use it in the interest of the public, to make our resources and know-how available and to work for projects that promote social cohesion and a functioning society regional or global.

  Arausol island solar system in the Amazon region of Ecuador. The burning sky shows the long-distance flaring of the oil production.

Arausol island solar system in the Amazon region of Ecuador. The burning sky shows the long-distance flaring of the oil production.

Building and strengthening local competences

The technical components for IMAGINE LIGHT were shipped from Germany to Ecuador and transported by canoe from the oil town of Lago Agrio in the north-east of Ecuador to the partly very remote, favored rainforest communities. A part of the material remains for the time being in the Headquarter of LOVE FOR LIFE as this was used for an intensive training of the incoming, indigenous solar technicians.

A total of five indigenous technicians from three different communities and one Ecuadorian engineer were trained as part of the project building up sustainable, local capacities and competencies.

  Installation of the Arausol assembly systems during the implementation of  IMAGINE LIGHT.

Installation of the Arausol assembly systems during the implementation of  IMAGINE LIGHT.

Light in the communities

After the joint training the community transport the remaining materials and the installation in the five rainforest communities Bavoroe (Cofán, 11 families), Ukavati (Cofán, 8 families), San Pablo (Secoya, 10 families), Nemonpare (Waorani, 7 families) And Kiwaru (Waorani, 8 families) follows. The communities were trained in workshops on the correct handling of the facilities and in the operation of them. LOVE FOR LIFE has designed specific operating instructions which were explained in the workshops and then installed visibly in the houses of the families next to the control cabinets

The families also agreed on a fixed amount, which is paid monthly into a Community fund. From this pot the indigenous technicians are rewarded for maintenance, repairs and checkups. A designated cashier manages the finances.

 

 Assembly system in the Cofán-communitie Ukavati.

Assembly system in the Cofán-communitie Ukavati.

Self-determination and sustainability -

for a green and fair world

The situation of indigenous peoples in Ecuador is highly complex. Their past and present were characterized by exploitation, violence and oppression. The decay of soil and (drinking) water is caused by the production of oil. That causes illnesses and species dying. The deforestation of the rainforest and a massive increase of palm oil plantations rob the peoples of their homeland and their livelihood.

Both force them into poverty and dependence on those who violate their human rights and their special rights as indigenous peoples. The Cofán now counts only about 2100 people, the Secoya about 600 people in Ecuador and 900 in Peru, the Waorani about 2000 and the Siona about 400 people. The aim of LOVE FOR LIFE is to enable around 6,000 people to achieve sustainable access to clean solar energy through IMAGINE LIGHT. With the establishment of a trusting relationship and the successful cooperation in the pilot project, LOVE FOR LIFE has ensured that the project is guided by the indigenous peoples independently. It is sustainable and can be expanded to other municipalities.

IMAGINE LIGHT leads to a sustainable strengthening and empowerment of the indigenous peoples. It opens up much needed development opportunities, supports them as guardians of the natural world and also protects one of the most species-rich regions of the world. A central regulator for the world climate.

  Assembly system of Arausol with a Waorani family in the municipality of Kiwaru in the Amazon of Ecuador  .

Assembly system of Arausol with a Waorani family in the municipality of Kiwaru in the Amazon of Ecuador.

We look forward to continuing the exchange with the LOVE FOR LIFE team and continuing to provide IMAGINE LIGHT with comprehensive support. The future of the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants affects our future!

More about the work of LOVE FOR LIFE:
http://www.loveforlifeproject.org
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-for-Life
http://www.loveforlifeproject.org/blog