Saitex doing business in an inclusive and sustainable way
Large or easily scalable businesses such as Saitex have a big social and environmental impact because of their size. Saitex is known worldwide for being revolutionary in its holistic business approach where social and environmental work is seamlessly integrated throughout every aspect of the business. For example, recapturing heat to use for drying rather than relying on industrial dryers and water recycling. But also hiring more women and integrating people with disabilities and other vulnerable backgrounds into the workplace. For this, a special socially and environmentally focused division named Rekut was initiated,
Placing people first is something that Sanjeev Bahl, founder and CEO of Saitex, has been working actively on since the beginning, making issues such as gender equality, equal pay, respect and dignity cornerstones for Saitex. By 2025, Saitex aims to have 20% of their workforce be persons with disabilities and involved in production for IKEA.
In Vietnam, people with different abilities are hidden and not heard. Our society still has no solution to the employment and inclusion of the differently-abled people that make up 15% of the world’s population. IKEA is huge, but it’s a humane and value-driven organisation. If this collaboration succeeds, then we have created a future formula for success that potentially could be replicated in other factories. Imagine what a huge, massive dent we together would create on this matter.
Putting people and planet first
Gora also focuses on sustainability and better care for the environment. It supports its farmers through different training programs to safeguard the quality of the coffee. In simple words, Gora Coffee helps its farmers get a good yield by making sure the beans are shade-grown, that the soil gets proper nutrients, and pollution-free water is used.
As a result of the partnership with IKEA, over 500 small scale certified farm holders will gain livelihood opportunities in the first year alone (2022). The impact and opportunities will further go up in future. We hope to grow this to 3,000 farmers by 2025, impacting 6,000 more people in the community.