We support the community
The corporate social responsibility policy pursued by The Navigator Company is centred on two main aims: education for sustainability and support for charity and welfare projects.
Safe Forest – This campaign is the result of a partnership with the National Firefighting Academy dating back to 2012 and seeks to raise awareness in rural areas of the need to make safety a priority and to prevent forest fires. From March to May 2014, The Navigator Company sponsored and provided technical support for 15 training sessions in the municipalities of Rio Maior, São Pedro do Sul and Paredes, transmitting the message that in order to defend our forests we have to learn to value them.
Greenfest – The Navigator Company again took part in Portugal's leading sustainability event devoted, in 2014, to the topic of "Educating for Sustainability". The Company's area reached out primarily to younger visitors, with educational game raising awareness of environmental/forestry conservation issues in which more than 1000 school children took part.
Sponsorship of Arrisca C at Coimbra University - This is a prize sponsored by The Navigator Company designed to further the transfer of know-how and innovation to the field of forest management, energy and sustainability. In 2014, the Sustainable Forestry Management Prize was awarded to a business idea which consists of processing chestnuts into gluten-free flour, using raw materials 100% sourced from Portuguese forests.
Partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science - As part of its support for the PERA Project, designed to tackle under-nutrition in school-age children, the Company provided breakfasts in the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 school years for students suffering from food poverty in schools around its industrial sites: Eixo, Esgueira, Figueira Mar and Ordem de Santiago (Setúbal) school groups.
Christmas charity: Make-a-Wish - The Company supported this organisation which helps make wishes come true for children with progressive and terminal illnesses. All the Christmas stars given out by Make-a-Wish in 2014, to raise funds during the festive season in Portugal, were made using paper donated by The Navigator Company.
Donation of medical equipment to Figueira da Foz Hospital - In partnership with the League of Friends of Figueira District Hospital, the Company donated ten vital signs monitors, contributing to the provision of health care for the community in Figueira da Foz.
Holiday Camps in Setúbal – Providing a summer holiday camp for children from underprivileged backgrounds in the municipality of Setúbal, organized by Sado Parish Council. The Company has supported this initiative systematically since 2007. In 2014, the holiday camp programme included an extra field trip for 50 children to the Espirra Estate, where they took part in educational games.
Renovation of the Tide Mill in the Sado Estuary – With one of its industrial complexes located in the nature reserve, the Company has supported the project for rehabilitating and rebuilding the wooden jetty serving the Mourisca Tide Mill, undertaken by the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve and the Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests. The old tide mill illustrates the long-established connection between local industry and the river, and was reopened with a programme of wildlife discovery activities designed to promote the Setúbal region as a tourist destination.
Support for the replanting of the Buçaco National Woodlands - The Navigator Paper is a partner of the Fundação Mata do Buçaco (FMB) for conservation and management of the unique and priceless Buçaco woodlands. The partnership between the two organization involves sharing know-how, the donation of trees and aromatic plants, as well as running an awareness raising programme, encouraging neighbouring landowners to adopt good forestry practices.
“Enterprising Aveiro” Partnership - As part of a scheme organized by Aveiro Municipal Council, The Navigator Company has supported a project by students from the Cacia schools which won first place in the competition for new ideas. This was a project allowing retired and unemployed people to use land to grow their own food.