1.3 billion people
A further 1 billion are connected to unstable grids and suffer regu-lar power outages. Many rely on candles, wood fires, and kerosene lighting, which are dangerous to health, offer poor light, and emit highly polluting black carbons.
We help build solar LED lighting that are cheaper, brighter and healthier.
WHO WE ARE
At Salesforce, we believe that our technology, our people, and our resources should be used to help improve the world. Over the last 20 years, Marc Benioff decided to place philanthropy at the heart of the culture by strongly supporting NGOs through its Foundations and innovative 1-1-1 model. Hence giving 1 % of Salesforce’s product, 1 % of its equity and 1 % of its employees’ time to philanthropic causes and the non-profit sector. Designed by two Salesforce France employees, Amaury Delplancq and Brahim Bouhadja, the Lightforce project engages in an innovative and sustainable initiative.
WHAT WE DID
After the success of the first edition in Kenya in 2018, the Lightforce project was expanded in 2019 in three more countries: Brazil, Senegal, Philippines. The overall budget was made up of employee donations, the matching of Salesforce.org and the contributions of donors (for 50% of the budget). The operation took place simultaneously in the first week of February 2019 with 60 Salesforce employees, 30 employees from other companies and around 50 volunteers of the NGO Liter of Light; resulting in :
Over 3000 volunteer hours
More than 350 000€ raised
11 000 lives impacted
Over 100 employees and customers.
By 2020 we hope to expand in 5 new countries: Tanzania, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa. We will keep on securing existing initiatives in countries. We want to convince Salesforce local teams and local partners to come on board in Asia and South America. Obviously, we will work hard to improve sustainability thanks to innovation and support local partnerships (e.g. Senegal).