Since its inception in 2001, Atenao has always been committed to strong world humanitarian, ecological and philanthropic values. Today, as a key player in the multilingual economy, we have a duty to act in a more exemplary manner and to participate more actively in inspiring respect for the integrity of our shared Planet. In this frame, Atenao’s environmental action is now official through the creation of GREEN WORK.
By joining the Translator’s Charter, by promoting the development of natural olive cultivation locally in Provence, France, and by contributing to the restoration of forests through its engagement with the NGO (non-governmental organization) Planète Urgence, our agency’s humanitarian ethics through its environmental activity now extends beyond its office walls.
Support for the NGO Planète Urgence
Atenao supports the NGO Planète Urgence in its forest restoration project efforts. Since September 2017 we are proud to say that a portion of all our translation, interpretation and proofreading orders are donated and transformed into trees planted in endangered forests. 25,000 trees will have been planted in Indonesia and Madagascar at the end of the year.
Indonesia, our Planet’s third “green lung”
Indonesia is a region in the world that is regularly battered by natural catastrophes. In addition the country also suffers from substantial soil and crop damage from intensive farming practices and the occasionally erratic management of land by local populations, leading to widespread destruction of woodland areas, their fauna and flora, also affecting the local population’s main means of subsistence. According to the journal Nature, almost 15 million acres of forest land – nearly the same as the total surface of Ireland – were deforested between the years 2000 and 2012, essentially as a result of pulp and agri-food sector activities mainly occurring in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Conserving Madagascar’s forests
On Madagascar’s high plateau, Atenao backs Planète Urgence in its support for safeguarding the forests of Tapia, Uapaca bojeri; an endemic tree species, host plant and biotope for the landibe, or Borocera cajani silkworm. Together with regional development, forestry and fishing wildlife authorities and community grass-roots organizations, Planète Urgence has initiated the rehabilitation of this important ecosystem through reforestation operations and support for the wild silk production chain.
By supporting the Domaine des Opies, Atenao illustrates its commitment to a form of agriculture which respects both humans and the environment while contributing to the production of 100% natural artisanal olive oil.
Nature in a bottle
The Domaine des Opies, a precursor in marketing homemade olive oil totally free from any synthetic chemicals, owns and organically cultivates about 15 acres of Baux-de-Provence Valley Protected Designation of Origin olive groves, certified Nature & Progrès.
Nature is a precious treasure we care about and want to protect, since it embraces us and provides for all our needs. The Domaine produces a 100% natural, traditionally-made olive oil, unique in its kind, which is not subjected to any phytosanitary, pesticide or fungicide treatment (including organic farming-permitted ones like soil or tree-spray fertilizers) thus ensuring a yield of the purest quality possible. Each olive tree is regarded as a living being with whom we share, transmit, and communicate, and each batch of olive oil offers something special and a highly unique taste.
Given the olive’s incomparable virtues, its oil can be esteemed as a pure juice as it is the only plant oil which does not require any chemical processing for extraction. It is a pity, even absurd, to add chemicals pre-production, even if they do lead to higher yields.
We look after our land in the Domaine des Opies using time-honored, traditional methods; and we control any olive tree stressors, pests and diseases naturally by ensuring the optimal presence and development of an ecosystem beneficial to our groves (birds, reptiles, insects, flowers, fruit trees, herbs and plants).