We believe that our responsibility towards sustainability must extend to our actions, and for San Arawa, a socially responsible company:
- Listens to and considers the interests of the different parts involved in a business.
- Meets the objectives of the company in its economic, social and environmental dimensions.
- Strikes a balance between the need to achieve economic, financial and developmental objectives, and their social and environmental impact.
- Is committed to the country where it operates, and helps build a better future, in order to help reduce the deep inequalities that occur in our society.
San Arawa wants to promote initiatives that foster the growth of the social capital of the communities where it operates, in articulation with civil society organizations and public institutions.
Within the private social investment strategy, we support projects related to local development, health, education and work:
Habitat and citizenship program »
It is a program led by the Architecture and Design School of the Mar del Plata National University, developed in the neighborhoods of Monte Terrabusi, Santa Rosa del Mar and Alto Camet, in the city of Mar del Plata.
The program analyzes the living situation of each home and works with the families for improving and building their homes, with an integral view of health, education and work problems. It also includes training in self-construction, by applying innovative techniques, working with traditional and alternative materials (plastic waste, glass, cane, etc.). This fosters a self-management of basic resources, such as drinking water and electricity.
The program started in the year 2005 and has developed the following lines of action:
- Building and improving houses and services
- Land property where houses are built
- Management and access to basic services (electricity, drinking water)
- Promotion of health, education and labor
- Training for the generation of work and productive enterprises
- Inter-institutional articulation
- Leadership development
In 2008, this program was awarded a Prize as a Socially Responsible Entrepreneur from Foro Ecuménico Social, and the CSR Prize of the French-Argentinean Chamber of Commerce.
Value eduaction program »
This is an initiative of the Center for Moral Development of Fundación Majdalani and the Ministry of Education of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, with the support of some companies, including San Arawa. The program started in 2008, and it involved public and private schools in the cities of Ushuaia, Tolhuin, Río Grande, Laguna Escondida and Antarctica.
The program aimed at systematizing the teaching of universal human values, working with 4- to 9-year-olds, applying a methodology that includes training workshops, guides for teachers and workbooks and puppets for children. The project has had a positive impact, both on teachers and on the staff of the educational institutions, as well as in the students and their parents.
Some classroom changes:
The students learnt to listen to each other, and to not make fun of the others' opinions. Quarrels between classmates were reduced. The students were able to express their feelings and then bring this communication to their parents at home. The students reflected on conflicts and found ways to repair damages. They were able to accept a classmate with difficulties. They worked on persevering in order to achieve something they considered difficult. They learnt the importance of making reparations and being responsible for their actions.
Specific scholarship program »
This is an initiative of the Ministry of Education of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, through which companies support vocational or university studies for young students in the province in studies that are considered key to the development of its industrial sector. The program started in 2011 and the company helps with a half-scholarship for a student in the Fishing Engineering course of study.