Surya Brasil is redefining what it means to be a successful business. Surya Solidarity the brand’s social division focuses on animal protection, environmental preservation, educational transformation & human rights. It is no longer okay to reap profits and not give back more than we take from society and the planet.
Surya Solidarity began sponsoring Construindo Talentos, (Building Talents) in 2009. The independent project, funded in entirety by the brand and initiated by co-founder, Wanda Malhotra, teaches arts, crafts, gardening, and vegan baking to children and adolescents ages 11-17 who live in foster care at Marly Cury. "We are teaching the children how to work in groups, with respect and unity. We want to help them realize their potential so that they can become professionals in the future and support themselves honestly and with dignity while becoming responsible adults,” explains Wanda Malhotra.
Wanda Malhotra, who believes that one of the most serious problems in Brazil, especially in big cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, is the violence experienced through crime and murder. She believes that the solution is to treat the root of the problem, that is, what causes the violence in our community, rather than just trying to control it.
Recently Clelia, who plays the drums and keyboard began visiting the Marly Cury foster home in São Paulo on Saturdays. She took these visits to a whole new level when she asked her employees and friends to come with her to start a music band with the children. They now practice at a recording studio every week and are beginning to make beautiful music together.
In 2014 Surya Brasil’s production facility in Sao Paulo recently passed the ISO 22716:2007 Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practices while also celebrating the 2014 bill to prohibit cosmetics testing on animals in the State of Sao Paulo. Surya Brasil has always been a cruelty-free brand, never testing on animals or using animal-ingredients in their products.
On March 26, 2014, Wanda Malhotra was invited to share her career and life advice and insight to the students at Mulligan Middle School in Central Islip as a volunteer for Girls Inc. Long Island. Girls Inc. Operation SMART®, a curriculum where girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The hands-on, interactive programs incorporate hands-on learning, systematic processes to integrate learning into real life, and mentoring opportunities. The curriculum includes: Thinking Smart, Dig It, Build IT and Eureka!
In 2014, Surya Solidarity supports and collaborates with the environmental and animal rights NGO, AVAMA with kitten and puppy adoption day at Espaço Surya, Brazil’s first organic and vegan day spa opens.
The Zero Waste project aims to reduce waste, losses and damages within the production chain Surya Brazil.
We want to raise awareness and sensitize employees, customers and partners the importance in changing attitudes and habits of consumption, minimize waste generation, combat waste in all areas, to encourage the reuse of materials where possible and, lastly, the intended way correct for recycling.
The survival of the planet depends on simple actions that can be easily incorporated into the daily lives of individuals and businesses, and that will be really different if adopted by a large number of people.
One of the projects that Surya Solidarity has been supporting in Brazil is Cinesolar a traveling outdoor cinema that uses solar energy (which is clean and renewable ) to bring culture to distant regions of Brazil. http://www.cinesolar.com.br/
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Joining the movement with A Billion Acts of Green, Surya Brasil is a sponsor of Earth Day NY, here at Union Square on April 22, 2014.