Fair Trade Community Partnership = Improvements in People’s Lives

Aloe Vera produced to the highest ethical standards

A S Harrison & Co has had the pleasure of partnering with Concentrated Aloe Corporation for over five years supplying the industry with quality aloe vera products produced in some of the most ethically responsible conditions worldwide. Their production methods are not only sound but give back to the community in a program designed to support the whole farming community.

Concentrated Aloe Corporation (CAC) has strong ties to the community of Guastatoya. From their staff of over 60 team members to the Farmers 30+ who produce the raw materials, it is their partnerships in the community that allow them to guarantee their customers the highest quality aloe vera in the industry.

Concentrated Aloe Corporation’s commitment to the principles of fair trade and organic production means that they are dedicated to giving back to communities that they work with. This is why CAC guarantees a fair wage and respect for all team members, sponsors agricultural improvement plans for the farmers they buy from, and actively gives back through community involvement programs.

It is only through their close collaboration with the aloe farmers and the community of Guastatoya in Guatemala that CAC is able to give their customers the widest range of organic aloe vera products on the market. These are partnerships that A S Harrison & Co are proud of.

Guastatoya, Guatemala
Raw aloe vera leaves are purchased from local farmers and processed into a wide variety of products at the facility, Vegetal Extracts S.A., just outside of Guastatoya. This organic facility employs 60+ team members from the local community of Guastatoya. The entire CAC team is dedicated to the highest standards of consistency and quality, from hand-filleted aloe leaves to precise quality control; CAC guarantee the best and purest aloe vera gels, powders and concentrates.

Concentrated Aloe Corporation’s Aloe Vera is grown exclusively in the hills and valleys surrounding Guastatoya, Guatemala. Sitting in the dry corridor of Guatemala, the sun-soaked hillsides of Guastatoya provide the perfect climate and conditions for growing the highest quality aloe vera. CAC Aloe vera products are of the highest quality and are produced in accordance with the standards of organic and fair trade.

 

CAC community Aloe Farm in Guastatoya, Guatemala
CAC community Aloe Farm in Guastatoya, Guatemala

Commitment to Fair Trade

Fair trade certification ensures that all actors and stakeholders throughout a supply system are able to equitably benefit from their participation, and guarantees to consumers that the money they spend does not contribute to exploitative labour practices. Fair trade companies like CAC are regularly audited and must maintain meticulous records to verify that they uphold their commitment to customers and employees.

Commitment to sustainability

Concentrated Aloe Corporation strives to be on the technological leading edge of our industry. CAC practices extensive quality control measures to ensure that their botanical products are simply the best. They utilise sophisticated analytic techniques such as DNA Barcoding, HPLC, GC-MS, and NMR so that they can guarantee the quality, purity and authenticity of the botanicals.
CAC also carries our a range of organic agricultural improvement programs. CAC regularly holds training workshops, and facilitates local implementation of water-smart irrigation, organic fertilizers, soil improvement, erosion control, and a range of other organic agriculture practices.

Commitment to quality

Concentrated Aloe Corporation are dedicated to having a positive impact in the communities across the world where they produce their botanicals. CAC upholds the ethic of fair trade and organic business practices by investing in the communities where they operate and only working with partners who share the values of sustainability, quality, and respect for the environment.

This year Concentrated Aloe Corporation will introduce the Fair Financing – Agricultural Improvement Program to provide affordable financing to agricultural producers in El Progreso, Guatemala. The program is funded by the proceeds from CAC’s Fair Trade Certified products.

Farmers and small businesses in El Progreso have very limited access to financial resources and institutions. The resources they may have access to come with prohibitively high-interest rates. Lack of access to affordable financing is one of the primary hurdles to a farmer improving or expanding their operations.

Fair Financing will provide affordable loans that will allow farmers to implement capital improvements that will increase productivity, grow their incomes and produce local jobs.

A S Harrison & Co offers a range of Aloe Vera products that deliver guaranteed reliability, purity, authenticity and quality. We have the largest range of organic certified aloe products in the industry. By purchasing from A S Harrison & Co, you are not just buying quality ingredients but also supporting a company that operates to the highest ethical standards and believes in giving back to the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information please contact Jeanette Padilla – Business Manager, A S Harrison & Co at jeanette.padilla@harrison.com.au or +61 (0)2 8978 1004