by Durreen Shahnaz, Founder and CEO of IIX
As part of our 10th Year Anniversary, our Trailblazers in Impact Interview Series celebrates some of the partners we’ve worked with over the years in creating positive social and environmental impact.
This issue of our Trailblazers in Impact Interview Series features Jane Dunlop, CEO and co-founder of farm-to-market virgin coconut oil producer Green Enterprises Indonesia (PT GEI) based in Aceh, Indonesia. Following IIX Growth Fund’s investment in PT GEI in 2018, which later brought together additional investors C4D Partners and Stichting Administratiekantoor Green Enterprise Nederland, PT GEI has continued to grow and scale its operations, improving the lives of over 4,300 smallholder farmers through increased income and improved agricultural practices. Today, they’re supplying to the global cosmetics company LUSH.
By creating a sustainable and organic value chain for coconuts, Green Enterprises Indonesia is providing sustainable livelihoods to address the on-going problem of land-conversion from increasing palm oil demand, as well as the loss of the island’s extensive biodiversity.
Green Enterprises Indonesia is a triple bottom line business model, and we are excited to continue working with them to create positive social change in the Indonesian agricultural community. Enjoy the read!
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