Natural Habitats is a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) agribusiness and production group with headquarters in The Netherlands and operations in Ecuador and Sierra Leone. The company produces sustainable and organic palm oil in an extracting mill, refines and manufactures it at a third party facility, and sells it to natural food distribution customers in the EU and US.
Natural Habitats is selling higher-margin finished products by building strong, long-term partnerships and providing its farmer network with personalized technical assistance, equipment financing and high-quality inputs. Natural Habitats is certified for Organic, RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil), and Fair-for-Life (Social & Fair Trade Certification).
Natural Habitats’ Awards & Achievements:
- Natural Habitats is certified for Organic, RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) and Fair-for-Life (Social & Fair Trade Certifications
- Natural Habitats is currently training workers on ISO requirements, and training the supply chain in Ecuador to maintain the certification standards in their operation
- Natural Habitats is in the process of obtaining the Total Square meters, field hectares, Rainforest, and Carbon Neutral certifications
In 2013, GBF made an investment in Natural Habitats to finance the purchase of a palm oil extraction mill in Ecuador.
GBF BAS & NATURAL HABITATS:
GBF’s BAS program helped to expand Natural Habitats’ network of suppliers and farmers in Ecuador, and to develop a smallholder farmer supply chain in Sierra Leone. GBF has also supported Natural Habitats in undergoing a health and safety system assessment, identifying risks and elaborating a health and safety plan for its plant in Ecuador; obtaining Rainforest Alliance and Carbon Neutral certifications in Ecuador and Organic and Fair for Life certifications in Sierra Leone.
With the help of GBF, the company is currently implementing a project to help its current palm suppliers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone to improve their plantations through increasing their uptake of sustainable farming and processing practices.
From October 2016 to September 2017, Natural Habitats directly impacted 7,152 smallholder farmer and farm workers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone, and 258 workers at its extraction mills.
In the last year, the company generated an estimated $2.6M in total income to the farmers and field workers in its supply chain and to the workers at its plants. The company builds strong, long-term partnerships with the farmers and provides its farmer network with personalized technical assistance, including necessary trainings and funding for certifications; as well as equipment financing, and valuable inputs.
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