Durabilis NV is an international social impact company with headquarters in Ghent, Belgium. Present in eight developing countries in Africa and Latin America, we ambition to inspire and build global businesses to create new market and impact opportunities that positively shape the future for economies, people and planet. This requires a new way of doing business – one that serves the interests of people, planet and profit equally as it sows a future of lasting, sustainable prosperity for every stakeholder. We believe in a new economy that ensures that all stakeholders share in the value we create. Since 2003 we have been linking people to formal economies by investing in and managing sustainable agricultural and food value chains in low income countries. Our three strategic business units each address at least one societal problem. * FairFruit is working with smallholder farmers in Africa and Latin-America * Barajii offers affordable pure and natural water for street, home and high-end consumption * Terral processes and sells fresh quality rice from local smallholders to urban bottom of the pyramid consumers in Dakar, which is traditionally supplied by lower quality imports. These concrete strategic objectives allow us to focus our activities and to evaluate our performance as an impact investing company: * Creating good jobs * Providing farmers and other supply chain partners with a better income We directly employ around 2300 full or part-time employees, provide a market for over 2200 farming smallholders, and impact the lives of over 5500 families. Inspire the Planet means inspiring everyone who wants the world to be a better place—from farmer to consumer to rival brands. Inspire the Planet is an open source philosophy, where the ultimate goal is the adoption of our model by companies around the world. That’s why we call it shared value.
The Shift helpt leden gebruik maken van het globaal kader van de UN Sustainable Development Goals om hun maatschappelijke ambities in kaart te brengen.
8. Decent work and economic growth
Creating employment and stimulating trade have been heralded as drivers for economic development. However, low-income countries abound as well in examples of how work and trade can exist but hardly provide a way out of poverty. This paradox forces us to think in terms of ‘shared value’ to guarantee that work and trade have a positive impact on all people involved.
2. End hunger
Rural prosperity is the motor of economic and societal growth in developing countries. By working directly with (mainly small) producers under fair trading conditions, Durabilis unlocks their potential and contributes to sustainable and resilient food production. FairFruit allows its farmers to benefit from extended foreign markets, stable prices and higher wages and income. Barajii is progressively sourcing from smallholder farmers and developing agriculture-based drinks. With its local rice supply, Terral is directly contributing to a strategic sector for the Senegalese government as part of its food security ambitions.
12. Responsible consumption and production
Durabilis is committed to providing local and export markets with sustainable quality products, optimizing supply chains, and improving the lives of employees, farmers and other supply chain partners. FairFruit is progressively implementing GlobalG.A.P. and Fairtrade certification. All FairFruit production sites participate in the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). Through the SIFAV covenant FairFruit committed to 100% sustainable sourcing by 2020. Barajii drinks are sold in small and large oxo-biodegradable pouches. Juices and teas are based on locally sourced raw materials. In juices and teas an important part of the sugar content is replaced by stevia. Terral is teaming up with an international NGO to support a farmer field school encouraging practices that improve and preserve soil fertility, proper management of pesticides and fertilizers, and the preservation of water resources.