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of SEKEM employees have place to participate in regular creative activities

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of wastewater is recycled and used for tree irrigation.


 The SEKEM mini Dates cultivation were grown on Wahat Baharya, Minia and Aswan farms in Egypt. The cultivation methods are growing under biodynamic principles which is the highest recognized organic method supporting the balance of eco-systems and enriching biodiversity.

SEKEM Wahat farm uses large-scale pivot irrigation systems that save 30-50% of water compared to flood irrigation.

An EoL fund was established to finance the social and environmental projects of the farmer, it also helps farmers to carry investments needed to plant trees for generating carbon credits.

Through biodynamic compost production, EoL farmers manage to avoid Co2-eq emissions that may result if the manure and biomass were left, untreated, to decay anaerobically.

Meet The Farmers

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Farmer in Minia, Egypt

Our young farmer Reda has his own Demeter-certified farmland in Minya. Reda has a dream to live a simple happy life growing his business to provide more job opportunities for his people.

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Farmer in Wahat Oasis, Egypt

Waleed is an agriculture engineer in Wahaat SEKEM. His children study at SEKEM school, also his wife teaches Arabic there. They are living a wonderful new experience surrounded by calming beautiful places. He’s a hard worker farmer trying to cover all the herbs needed in the market.


When the Dates arrive at the iSiS Organic Food Company, samples are taken to be tested to ensure the standards of organic and biodynamic approaches are met. Then the Dates are cleaned; through a cleaning process in a CO2 boiler, the dates are naturally freed from insects. After that, the Dates are quality checked and Date stones are removed by hand.

SEKEM has variety of coating for the mini dates bites which are Hibiscus, Coconut and chocolate and peanuts.

The chocolate used in covering the dates are imported from Ecuador or Mexico ,countries with sustainable practices surrounding in its production with an amazing taste.

SEKEM’s goal is to address the cultural, societal, ecological, and economic challenges of Egypt from an integral perspective.


The Dates are transferred to a machines to cut the dates in small equal parts to help the workers in shaping the dates into mini bites shape.

SEKEM is a role model for Egypt in women empowerment and equality by developing a gender strategy with guidelines on how to support women in education and at work.

EoL certifies the entire value chain: production and farms, processing factories and companies, and distribution.

Factory workers work in safe conditions and receive health consultancies to promote well-being in the workplace.

Packaging Material

The Dates could be responsibly grown and processed, but its packaging material and the companies from which they are sourced do also have a huge impact on the products’ lifetime, and cannot be neglected.

The boxes are made of paper which is produced in a factory in Cairo that promotes worker safety and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

The paper tag and filter fibers are FSC certified sourced from German companies that are constantly researching sustainable packaging alternatives, and sustainable production practices.

Some packages require plastic wrap to meet customer’s requirements. but the company is committed to finding more eco-friendly alternatives.


The Anise packages are now ready to be distributed directly to your home, local shops, or overseas.

The company’s transportation emissions are calculated and monitored to actively work on reducing them.

Drivers have a limit on the number of hours they can drive per day, to ensure their safety

Whenever possible, SEKEM chooses sea fright over air in order to reduce emissions.

Meet The Employees

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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.


Factory Engineer at SEKEM

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


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:



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.


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






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




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