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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|

Linking Ethiopian Gums and Resins to international markets

  For the last ten months, ProFound’s experts together with a local Ethiopian team have been working on establishing sustainable Gums and Resins supply chains in Ethiopia and linking them to international markets. As the project is coming to an end we want to share with you some of our main achievements and learnings. Strengthening Drought Resilience in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lowlands of Ethiopia (SDR-ASAL) Ethiopia's rural areas face enormous environmental and socio-economic challenges that put the livelihoods of small farmers and pastoralists at risk (Humboldt Universität Zu Berlin, 2017). These environmental pressures have become evident through the [Read more]

2021-06-10T09:35:51+00:00May 11th, 2021|

ProFound will link Gums and Resins collectors to markets

ProFound is proud to announce that we recently won the tender for a programme focusing on Gums and Resins, supported by GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH Ethiopia. The GIZ Programme is called “Strengthening Drought Resilience in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lowlands of Ethiopia (SDR-ASAL)”. Amongst other objectives, the programme aims at building capacities amongst Government institutions and partners in the field of planning and natural resource management and utilization. The Gums and Resins market in Ethiopia Gums and Resins such as Frankincense, Myrrh, Gum Arabic play an important role in the daily life of many Ethiopians. [Read more]

2021-06-10T09:35:53+00:00July 29th, 2020|


ProFound's clients ProFound provides professional support to organisations and programmes dealing with sustainable development and trade promotion in developing countries. Our clients range from governmental institutions, NGOs and foundations to Business Support Organisations and private businesses.   BioTrade Initiative The UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative promotes sustainable BioTrade in support of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity through a unique portfolio of regional and country programmes.  ProFound has been involved with UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative since its launch. ProFound was implicated in the development of tools and systems, design and implementation of country [Read more]

2020-10-16T14:27:52+00:00July 3rd, 2020|

Strategic partners

ProFound's partners ProFound can count on a solid network of partners that has been built through multiple projects for more than 30 years. We benefit from a wide variety of partners, such as universities, governmental institutions, consultancy companies and foundations. In addition, the team has built a database with contact persons within key European companies at various positions: product formulators and R&D, purchasing, sustainability, quality control and marketing. Currently, this database includes more than 1,000 contact persons within the food, cosmetics and health (ingredients) industry.   Anteja Anteja is a woman-led consultancy and [Read more]

2021-09-29T11:32:07+00:00May 18th, 2020|

Results of one year NI-CheckApp: alignment with control bodies, suppliers and buyers

In 2017, ProFound launched the NI-CheckApp: a compliance tool for suppliers of wild-collected natural ingredients that would save time and money by harmonising multiple certification documentation. Now that we’re one year further, what have we achieved? Documentation set is complete In the past year, we transformed the concept of the NI-CheckApp into reality. The tool now boasts a complete and integrated documentation set including the operator profile for wild collection for Organic, FairWild, Fair standards and GACP. Control bodies buy into the use of NI-CheckApp Control bodies such as Control Union and IMO/Ecocert are welcoming the use of the NI-CheckApp. [Read more]

2019-04-12T15:22:19+00:00March 8th, 2018|

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