Linking Sri Lankan agricultural exporters to international markets

  Linking Sri Lankan agricultural exporters to international markets Between November 2020 and March 2021, ProFound senior advisors Bert-Jan Ottens and Kasper Kerver worked on a project with the "GLX Garage", a business development programme for SMEs exploring international markets in the sectors of food, agriculture, travel, design, and energy sectors. The main role of Bert-Jan and Kasper was to support the Sri Lankan agricultural exporters with the development of their export strategy and linking them to international markets. The GLX Garage The GLX Garage supports and creates avenues for sustainable companies with a strong interest and need [Read more]

2021-03-23T11:10:24+00:00March 22nd, 2021|

Story: Forest Garden Tea in Sri Lanka

FOREST GARDEN TEA IN SRI LANKA True sustainability in tea production repeals monoculture In the Netherlands, people drink around 3 cups of tea per day.  Sri Lanka is one of the well-known tea suppliers to the Netherlands. Sri Lankan tea is called Ceylon tea, due to the country’s official name until 1972. Most of the current certification schemes for tea do not ensure sustainability of Ceylon tea production. Plantation workers and farmers in cooperatives do not earn a living wage to support their families. Moreover, soils are depleted, leading to erosion and decreasing harvests. Therefore, ProFound [Read more]

2020-07-23T10:34:40+00:00September 13th, 2017|

Biofach 2023 Recap

  Biofach 2022 last July feels like just a couple of weeks ago. The turnaround was short, but we were delighted to be in Nuremberg once again this February, hosting the Organic Africa Pavilion and the Biotrade Asia Pavilion. At these pavilions, we hosted 16 companies, 6 study tours, and thousands of people along the value chain to talk about organic agriculture, regenerative principles, and new opportunities for collaboration.  Who Was At the Organic Africa Pavilion  This year, we hosted co-exhibitors from Togo, Liberia, South Africa, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, The Philippines and Sri Lanka. They showcased a [Read more]

2023-03-03T15:46:02+00:00March 3rd, 2023|

Social certification Trends

  Social issues across global value chains have received more attention over the past years. Standards serve as a tool to ensure good social practices. But with over 400 sustainability schemes to choose from, how do you find the best one for your business? ProFound consultants Lisanne Groothuis and Jolanda van Hal researched just that. On behalf of CBI, the Center for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries, they identified current trends in social standards, compared the main standards on the market and developed guidelines to help exporters find the best one for them. The study and webinar [Read more]

2022-06-14T08:24:40+00:00June 14th, 2022|

How to choose the right social certification for my company?

As an exporter, you should choose a social certification standard that fits your company best. To determine which standard fits your needs you will need to determine your objectives and compare the different standards available to see which one helps you meet them. We have developed three important steps to guide you on this process. Determine your needs and objectives You should look for standards that help you achieve your objective and goal. Maybe you have a buyer that wants you to certify according to a specific standard before you can become a supplier. You can also use standards [Read more]

2022-07-05T09:56:42+00:00June 14th, 2022|

Enhancing sustainable sourcing

    Enhancing sustainable sourcing   We focus on enhancing sustainable sourcing Sustainable value chains start with sustainable sourcing. By sourcing sustainably entrepreneurs can assure sufficient raw materials for their production today, without depleting resources for the future. Suppliers of natural ingredients based on wild collection can do so by conducting a thorough resource assessment. This tells them how much they can sustainably harvest from ecosystems without endangering regeneration of their raw material resources. When their raw material is cultivated, suppliers need to develop production methods that do not deplete soils [Read more]

2021-06-10T09:37:19+00:00May 25th, 2021|

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