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Impact Highlights
Creating a

FAIR ECONOMY

2000

tons of CO2e were sequestered and 60,000 trees were planted thanks to the land reclamation in Wahat,

Creating a

FAIR SOCIETY

100%

of SEKEM members have equal value in the community and strives to create a learning environment, where everyone can  benefit by exchanging knowledge

Life Long Learning &

WELLBEING

10%

of the working time is dedicated to art and self-development activities; to promote wellbeing and happines at work.

Protecting the

ENVIRONMENT

100%

of SEKEM’s focus lies on proper waste management and optimizing its packaging material.

Farming

SEKEM herbs were grown on several farms in SEKEM wahat, Maarouf, Eraky farm, and more. They all grow using biodynamic methods which produce the highest product quality and enhance human health safety and the environment.

SEKEM and its farmers are known as Egyptian pioneers in organic farming. The vision of sustainable agriculture in Egypt has always been one of our core visions and SEKEM invests a lot of effort and resources to fulfill it.

EoL Carbon Credits system not just motivates the farmer to increase the number of trees on their farms but also provides an additional income.

The increase of SEKEM’s own farmland this year contributes to this objective of improving the quantity and quality of certified raw materials.

Meet The Farmers

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Ahmed

Farmer in Fayoum, Egypt

Ahmed owns an area of 59 Feddan and has been a partner with SEKEM for 30 years. He mentions that EOL creates a bond between farmers, suppliers, and the company. Human health safety is enhanced since the beginning of biodynamic products.

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Gomaa

Farmer in Fayoum, Egypt

Gomaa Hassan has his own Demeter-certified biodynamic farmland in Fayoum, where he grows Sesame along with other crops. He’s been working in biodynamic agriculture for 24 years. Which is why believes in the importance of growing biodynamic, as it protects his family’s health and his land’s ability to regenerate itself, allowing him to generate double the production

Processing

The herbs first arrive at Lotus factory for it to be sifted, cleaned and sorted in the desired shape and size. Also it goes in the process of being testes to assure the quality of being organic and demeter product.

Lotus strives to create fair long-term relationships with the supplying farmers, thus round-table meetings are conducted annually where many farmers gather with the companies to discuss prices, challenges, and draft solutions.

Lotus in 2021 was able to reach a 48% reduction in the non-organic waste that is sold for external providers.

SEKEM produced and used around 7800 tons of compost in 2021, which is more than double compared to 3340 tons in 2020 which is also driven by the increased land reclamation activities.

Packaging

After receiving from Lotus the 25KG paper bags it arrives at Isis factory tested one more time to ensure the quality and ready to be packed. They have machines specially for the demeter products

Factory workers work in safe conditions and receive health consultancies (in topics such as nutrition, mental health, and physiotherapy) to promote well-being in the workplace.

iSiS sells its recyclable no-organic waste to external recycling entities while reducing its waste. iSiS was able to reduce 77% of its no-organic waste as well as reducing 25% of its organic waste.

SEKEM started three parallel operations to design a water pipe by securing financing and obtaining approval from the administration of the Egyptian government.

Packaging Material

The packaging material plays a significant role in the product quality and impact on the environment, for that SEKEM always seeks to be responsible in choosing the best material for better lifetime for the product and the environment.

SEKEM packaging boxes has the highest quality as SEKEM seeks to redue the packaging material and increasing the share of biodegradable and recycled packaging material

SEKEM took the direction of glue and thread in their filter bags instead of metal pins which reduces the usage of metal resources and it;s emissions.

The imported filter bag material is FCS certified that are inspected to assure the quality and that’s safe and free from any harmful substances.

Distribution

The package is now ready to be delivered to you whether to your home, at your local shop or abroad.

Calculating the estimated emissions from all the farmers and the transportation emissions from farm to the final consumer

Distribution process is under the supervision of Isis to ensure the selection of the shipping cars to be cleaned and qualified for the process.

The first choice is always sea freight to reduce emissions, however air fright is needed sometimes.

Meet The Employees

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Marwa

Quality Manager in iSiS

Marwa has been working in the tea department of iSiS factory for more than 8 years. Together with her husband and two children, she lives on the SEKEM farm.

Ahmed

Factory Engineer at SEKEM

Ahmed has been working in SEKEM for four years, and lives right next to the SEKEM farm with his family.

Ahmed

Factory Engineer in Lotus

Hassan is in charge of the cleaning and packing machine in the processing facility of Lotus. He has been working in Lotus for 17 years and enjoys that work is combined with cultural programs.

Abd El Magid

Distributor in SEKEM

Abd El Magid has been an employee in SEKEM for over 15 years. He is responsible for distributing the finished products to stores all over Cairo.

What is the True Price?

Are there hidden costs that the price doesn't reflect?

True Price Comparision

Sustainably & ethically produced products add value to society. However, when comparing prices, we don’t take into account the long-term impact of the product. For example, since this Anise is sequestering Co2e it is actually saving up to 0.35USD per kilo! This means that it is cheaper than products that emit Co2e, but so often the price tag doesn’t reflect that.

We encourage you to compare products based on their true price; the price that reflects the hidden costs that we and future generations eventually pay for.

This Anise saves up to 0.35 USD/Kilo, by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere

 

Indirect Costs include:

WATER

REPROCESSING COST

Society is paying taxes to clean water sources from agriculture’s chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, as well as the irresponsible disposal of wastewater from factories, in order to make it usable/drinkable water.

HEALTH COSTS

The use of pesticides in agriculture eventually affects the human body and therefore increases medical treatment costs.

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

DAMAGE

Society has to bear the long-term cost caused by disruptive agriculture e.g. soil erosion, desertification, and loss of biodiversity.

 

 

Locations

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Saft

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Skem El-Wahat

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Abdalah

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Abd El-Ghaffar

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