'Biodiversity in Good Company‘

30.01.2019

By participating in the “Biodiversity in Good Company” initiative, PHARMOS NATUR contributes to attract the attention of an increasingly wider public to the issue of the protection of biodiversity in the interests of the economy and society.

 

Biodiversity – “We are all part of it“

Biodiversity is now a ubiquitous issue. We are also all part of it. Ever since the company was established, the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity have been PHARMOS NATUR’s starting point and basis for creating high-quality products that are good for people. Our values and content go hand in hand with the protection of ecosystems. Raw materials, plant growth, water, air energy – we all use these „natural resources“. As a member of the Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative, we feel that we are part of a strong community which pursues an overall vision at a social, political and economic level. This constitutes both a motivation and a challenge for PHARMOS NATUR to continually implement new ideas.

 

 

Giving something back to nature

As a medium-sized enterprise, PHARMOS NATUR is directly concerned with the processes that affect the entire value chain. The close interconnection between nature and business is illustrated daily within our company. In our partnership with smallholders, it is particularly important to us, that everything works well together: cultivation, harvesting, processing, sourcing of raw materials and payment of employees. We firmly believe that the quality of a product starts with the smallholders in the field.

Thus, high-quality and holistically processed raw materials, cultivated in an ecologically mixed culture, form the basis for all our actions and activities. They are also lovingly nurtured and tended by about 250 smallholders with whom we cooperate worldwide. This is where the connection continues because good raw materials can only exist if the people who cultivate and harvest them can live well from their income, feed their families adequately and send their children to school. This is our goal. It is only then that the complete energy of nature opens up all its possibilities and resources.

This is why we take the content of the Nagoya Protocol very seriously. It helps “to better consider the value of biological diversity in the production of new products and sets economic incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of nature” (Federal Ministry of the Environment Germany). PHARMOS NATUR has always paid higher prices for plants and raw materials to producers than is usual on the global market. We work with smallholders in partnerships on equal terms.

 

 

A joint commitment to people and nature

In Ecuador on the Pacific coast, our special Aloe Vera grows in a mixed cultivation without artificial chemicals. This is based on a stable partnership that has developed positively in recent years. This close collaboration has resulted in long-term cooperation agreements. The prices, that PHARMOS NATUR pays for the plants, enable approximately 250 children to attend school from primary to secondary level.

For Margot Esser-Greineder, company founder and Paul Greineder, Managing Director, the following fact has been confirmed: “Sustainability only works in combination with a holistic approach”. There is no alternative to ecological agriculture and biodiversity.

PHARMOS NATUR is currently focusing in particular on a partnership in Bolivia and the active protection of the rainforest. Under the motto of “Helping people o help themselves”, it is successfully preventing desolation and desertification of the soil in the area of cultivation of black sesame seeds. As a result of this partnership, 50 smallholders have been able to build a new life in southern Bolivia. They learn how to cultivate their fields without artificial chemicals in a rigorously economical manner which is primarily sustainable supply chain for everyone, from the field to the finished product.

Supporting smallholders and their families means prosperity and peace. The development of the regional infrastructure underpins the self-reliance of the local people. Increased soil fertilisation results in less land clearance. This also contributes to the improvement of the micro-climate. A variety of different cultures in small-scale cultivations provides a better habitat for humans, animals and plants. School education means that knowledge is passed on, thus completing the circle.

 

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