10:06 | 08.02.2018
Panasonic Fulfills 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project in Its 100th Anniversary, Bringing Light to Off-grid Communities Globally

Panasonic Corporation announced the successful completion of its 100
Thousand Solar Lanterns Project, which has brought light to off-grid
communities in 30 countries through 131 non-profit and other
organizations in the last five years. Since the project’s inception in
February 2013, a total of 102,716 solar lanterns have been donated,
including 5,004 lanterns given today to Indonesia, which has marked the
end of the project.

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Ikat tapestries, which are sold as handicraft goods, can be woven at night, to increase the income for the Riangbaring Village in Indonesia. (Photo: Business Wire)
The project was part of Panasonic’s Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) initiatives that make use of its technologies and products in line
with the company’s management philosophy since its founding in 1918,
that is, to make a contribution to the progress and development of
society and the well-being of people through its business activities.

There are estimated 1.1 billion people who live without electricity in
emerging and developing countries. Panasonic’s project got started with
the aim to help solve social issues stemming from a lack of light in the
fields of medicine, education and economy, among others. Panasonic has
strived towards the goal of donating a total of 100,000 units of solar
lanterns by 2018, its
centenary year.

Panasonic’s lanterns, which were brought to communities in cooperation
with non-profit, non-governmental and other international organizations,
helped alleviate problems and brought about improvements in such areas
as education, health and medicine, and women’s independence. The solar
lanterns have also contributed to the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations to
mobilize global efforts to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure

With the completion of the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project,
Panasonic now carries on its efforts to deliver more light to people in
regions without access to electricity in a new framework. In Japan, Panasonic
employees took part in the project through its employee benefit program.
In addition to this, to expand the activity beyond the company,
Panasonic will begin utilizing crowdfunding this April to enable anyone
who shares the spirit of this campaign to participate by pledging a
small amount of money.

Ms. Rika Fukuda, General Manager, CSR & Citizenship Group of Panasonic,
which led the project, said: “We are very pleased to achieve the 100,000
goal. As a global corporate citizen, we remain committed to helping
people living without electricity solve problems, with the aim to build
an inclusive society where everyone enjoys life by sharing the joy with
each other.” The company will also continue contributing to SDGs through
activities that utilize its business, she added.
Summary of activitiesMajor
Outcomes of the Project Contributing to the UN’s SDGs1.
“Affordable and clean energy”- Reduced use of kerosene lamps by
37.7% (Myanmar)2. “Good health and well-being”- 2,434
children born in rooms well-lit by lanterns (Myanmar)3. “Quality
education”- 100% pass rate in school tests for progressing to next
academic level (Myanmar)4. “Gender equality”- Approximately
40% increase in income due to increased opportunities for women such as
working at night (India)5. “No poverty”- Fuel costs for
kerosene lamps are reduced by 50% per month (Cambodia)
Sustainable Development GoalsSustainable Development Goals
are a set of goals adopted by countries at a special United Nations
summit in September 2015 for the period from 2016 to 2030. The SDGs
comprise of 17 goals and 169 targets aimed at realizing sustainability,
and it is the UN’s intention that no one should be left behind. The SDGs
are universal, and require the combined effort from all nations,
developing and advanced.
Source: Links

About the BG-BL03 solar lanterns donated to Indonesia


Panasonic’s Sustainability Initiatives

Panasonic Donates 1,200 Solar Lanterns to Central Vietnam (Oct 16, 2017)

Panasonic Donates 3,060 Solar Lanterns to Humanitarian &
Non-Governmental Organizations in Myanmar Bringing Total Number of
Donations to 14,924 Throughout 5 Years (Sep 20, 2017)

Panasonic Donates Over 2,000 Solar Lanterns to Cambodian NPOs, Bringing
Total Number of Donations to 13,516 Throughout Five Years (Aug 30, 2017)

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