āluān was founded alongside conservation foundation EcosystemImpact.
We are based in Aceh Sumatra the last place on earth where orangutan, rhino, elephants and tigers co-exist and where turtles nest every night of the year. Held in our collective minds since the devastating 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, this is one of most important wild places left on Earth.
We integrate business and conservation to order to address the multilayered threats to nature here in an integrated way.
"You cannot save an animal species unless you protect its environment, which is not possible without the participation of location communities, and that will not happen if they are living in poverty." Jane Goddall
āluān partners with 500 coconut farmers to source fresh organic certified coconuts. These are processed at our production house on the same island.
EcosystemImpact conserves critically endangered sea turtles, songbirds and their habitats in the same landscape.
Relationships with farmers via coconut farming, paying premium prices for their product, supporting with technology and aggregation, and regenerating farms goes hand in hand with conserving the forest and species in the area.
Coconuts in Indonesia are grown by independent farmers, where most other commodities are driven by conglomerates. Palm oil businesses can access bank finance by using their large landholdings and factories as collateral. Smallholder farmers can’t - they don’t benefit from economies of scale.
We work with over 500 farmer families. We know each farmer by name, map land boundaries together, and share knowledge and stories.
Farmer collectives are the centre point for improved agricultural productivity, education and financial services. Families who once never had a bank account will have greater opportunities for improving their family’s wellbeing and have a safety net in times of crisis.
We are a community. We care for each other - the people who make up āluān, everyone along our supply chain and everyone we interact with.
We are a women led business. We intimately understand the difference we can make by removing the unique barriers that both women and men face and support individuals to access opportunities with this in mind.
When life circumstances change we shouldn’t be forced to give up work in order to care for loved ones. We do our best to accomodate both women and men with flexible work.
Around 90% of coconut trees in Asia are reaching the end of their productive lifecycle. Ageing trees are a huge risk for communities who rely on coconuts for a living. Without funds to replant, farmers are trapped in a cycle of vulnerability.
Working closely with farmers we’re establishing seedling nurseries and replanting coconut trees on 6000ha of existing plantations and degraded, unproductive land areas.
Whether it’s skincare products, clothing, or the food on our plate, most of our consumption is impossible to trace.
By weaving ourselves through our supply chain we follow the story of each coconut from tree to you. There is a direct line of connection from final product back to the origin and the the community of farmers each coconut comes from.
Coconut plantations are not immune from causing negative environmental impact. We use GPS mapping and satellite technology to gain a birds-eye-view of all plantations, monitoring land boundaries to make sure we play no part in primary rainforest destruction.
Organic Certification has more meaning than simply avoiding chemicals. Annual audits of our farms and production houses is a third-party guarantee of our care for endangered wildlife, soil health, and that workers receive proper health and safety protection.
Organic farming means no GMOs, synthetic fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides or insecticides and ensures that no harmful cleaning products enter waterways.
With Control Union Certifications we have certified 3370ha of coconut farms as 100% organic compliant. This is internationally recognised by USDA, JAS and EU standards.