Sustainability


Policy

Sustainability Policy : Driving sustainable food system by connecting the organic value chain based on fair trade.

Suan Sampran is supporting groups of farmers to practice organic agriculture and become SMEs, helping to expand market channels by linking them with other businesses, while promoting consumers to take part in the movement. Moreover, Suan Sampran’s business practices are embracing the concept of Circular Economy.

Sustainability Practices and Impact :

  • 50 acres of land in Suan Sampran is certified organic according to IFOAM, EU และ CANADA standards
  • Established the Sookjai Foundation to initiate the Sampran Model by supporting 15 groups of about 170 farmers to practice organic agriculture and connect with businesses and consumers
  • Buying organic ingredients from farmers in the Sampran Model network approximately 15 tonnes per month or about 70% of all food ingredients used worth 700,000 baht
  • Allocating about 1 acre of land and building facilities for the Sookjai Farmers’ Market where organic farmers in the Sampran Model network can engage directly with consumers
  • Growing rice, vegetables, fruits, and herbs at Patom Organic Farm, yielding approximately 1-2 tonnes per month
  • Producing organic processed foods, personal cares and household items under the brand “Patom” for uses in Suan Sampran and for sales to consumers
  • Using food waste of approximately 4 tonnes per month to feed ducks and chicken at the Patom Organic Farm, the wormery and making 2.5 tonnes of organic fertilizer per month.
  • Recycling used vegetable oil to produce biodiesel for garden trucks and water pump approximately 200 liters per month
  • Ban usage of foam packaging, plastic straws and plastic bottles

Food Journey and Circular Economy

Impact

  • Health: Better health for farmers and consumers due to no chemical usage
  • Economy:
    • Suan Sampran has bought organic ingredients directly from farmers approximately 700,000 baht per month.
    • Sookjai Famers’ Market has created revenues for organic farmers and communities approximately 3,000,000 baht per month.
  • Environment:
    • Carbon Footprint of food management in Suan Sampran is less than the general food management due to
      • Direct transportation of organic ingredients from local farmers
      • Organic produce mainly utilizes agricultural input from the area while conventional farming generally depends on imported chemicals.
      • 100% food waste (approximately 4 tonnes per month) is being recycled
    • More balanced ecosystem from no chemical usage in Suan Sampran’s gardens and farm

Society: Fair trade and collaborations between farmers, businesses, and consumers in the organic value chain

Sampran Model and Organic Tourism

From extensive experiences of practicing inclusive business following Sampran Model that has the mission to create learning society through partnership and fair trade, Suan Sampran has become an exemplary learning case for other businesses. Organic Tourism is an initiative to share such practices amongst network of hotels and restaurants who are interested in connecting with local organic farmers, engaging with their customers, and participating in the organic social movement.

Knowledge Sharing and Collaborations

With the aim to inspire learning and foster change, Suan Sampran is ready to share experiences gained from ongoing practices of inclusive business and driving the movement for sustainable food system. Moreover, Suan Sampran promotes collaborations with all stakeholders in various ways from CSR to R&D and business partnerships. Additionally, Sampran Model Academy, with the role to perform knowledge management, is offering a learning exchange platform on multiple topics such as Inclusive Business, Circular Economy, and Learning Organization.

Sookjai Market

Sookjai Farmers’ Market was established in 2010 to promote organic agriculture and serve as a channel to connect organic farmers in Sampran Model network with consumers. Thus people can gain access to trusted organic products at reasonable prices. Currently there are about 70 vendors selling rice, vegetables, fruits, freshly cooked foods, and processed foods with revenues generated for farmers and communities approximately 3,000,000 baht per month. Sookjai Farmers’ Market is being managed by a committee elected from the vendors annually. Moreover, there is a consumer committee who help share their demands and experiences with the vendor committee so they can help further improve market managment.