Solvay, Henkel supports Sustainable Guar initiative in India

Solvay, Henkel supports Sustainable Guar initiative in India

5:48 AM, 18th November 2017

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay SA has expanded its Sustainable Guar initiative with Henkel AG joining as a new partner to help more than double the number of Indian farmers involved in this project to 6,500 by 2020.

The Sustainable Guar initiative, implemented by non-profit organization TechnoServe, teaches and promotes sustainable agricultural practices among 3,000 guar bean farmers across twenty villages in the desert region of Bikaner, Rajasthan. Solvay as the world leader in guar derivatives used in home and personal care and other applications initiated the project in 2015.

“Solvay welcomes Henkel as its partner to build on the success of this project, which improves the daily lives of the farmers and families while also benefiting various industrial uses. With this program, we aim to generate a long-term sustainable, fair and transparent value chain, from the guar farmer up to our most engaged customers,” said Emmanuel Butstraen, president of Solvay’s Novecare global business unit.

“At Henkel, we recognize our responsibilities regarding ingredients based on renewable raw materials that we use in our products. We want to drive sustainability on the ground by teaming up with partners like Solvay and TechnoServe to directly support guar bean farmers in India. By empowering farmers and promoting sustainable farming methods, we aim to increase the global supply of sustainably-cultivated guar while also improving living and working conditions,” said Thomas Foerster, corporate vice president R&D Henkel beauty care.

“Guar is a critical income source of income for farmers in this area of India, and learning sustainable agronomic techniques greatly enhances their livelihoods and the well-being of their families. These kinds of projects, which engage forward-thinking companies like Solvay and Henkel, are essential to sustainable development and are core to TechnoServe’s work worldwide,” added William Warshauer, president and CEO of TechnoServe.

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