Essential Living Foods we are very clear that we don’t and cannot
exist in a vacuum. We are part of a broad and rich business ecology,
full of interconnectivity between us and so many other people and
organizations who are critical to our success. On this page, we want to
make you aware of just some of these fine partners of ours, as perhaps
your own web of professional connections could be enriched by getting
to know them.
Living Foods is proud to partner with Amazon Watch on our Wild Jungle
Peanut project. With their help, we are setting up a sustainable,
ecology and lifestyle preserving agriculture project with the Achuar
people of the Amazon river basins near the border of Peru and Ecuador.
This project will allow the Achuar to earn a fair income while
preserving their traditional way of life and protecting Mother Earth.
For too long the Achuar lands have been misused by big oil companies,
polluted and the abandoned. We are thrilled to be able to bring
business opportunities to the Achuar on their terms.
Watch works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of
indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and
environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate
accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems.
Our Vision We envision a world that honors and values cultural and
biological diversity and the critical contribution of tropical
rainforests to our planet's life support systems. We believe that
indigenous self-determination is paramount, and see that indigenous
knowledge, cultures and traditional practices contribute greatly to
sustainable and equitable stewardship of the Earth. We strive for a
world in which governments, corporations and civil society respect the
collective rights of indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed
consent over any activity affecting their territories and resources. We
commit, in the spirit of partnership and mutual respect, to support
our indigenous allies in their efforts to protect life, land, and
culture in accordance with their aspirations and needs.
Some of Amazon Watch's programs include:
- Amazon Communications Team.
Equipping Amazonian indigenous groups with media skills and
communications tools in order to increase their capacity to defend
their lands from destructive mega-projects.
- Monitoring Mega-Projects.
Documenting and disseminating information on the social and
environmental impacts of proposed mega-projects in the Amazon
- Supporting Rainforest Peoples.
Mobilizing technical, financial, legal and public relations
support for indigenous organizations fighting destructive
Amazon Watch is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.
Labs is working hard to spread the kind of conscious business
practices that Essential Living Foods embodies, strives for and
supports. They have set up a certification process that allows
innovative companies such as Essential Living Foods to be recognized for
the commitment we have to using business to serve the greater good.
We’re proud to be a founding B Corporation, and we encourage you to
find and patronize other B Corporations!
Here is B Labs declaration of interdependence:
We envision a new sector of the economy which harnesses the power of
private enterprise to create public benefit. This sector is comprised
of a new type of corporation, the B Corporation, which is
purpose-driven and creates benefit for all stakeholders, not just
shareholders. As members of this emerging sector and as entrepreneurs
and investors in B Corporations, we hold these truths to be
- That we must be the change we seek in the world.
- That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
- That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
- To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are
each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and
and more money is exploring the border between capitalism and
philanthropy – from the Gates Foundation using its scale and leverage
to force business-like accountability on not for profit endeavors, to
venture capital funds (such as Good Capital)
that seek a social return as well as a financial one. One of the
innovators in this important social entreprenurship space is RSF Social
RSF Social Finance provides socially responsible
investors, donors, for-benefit organizations, and social enterprises
innovative investing, lending, and philanthropic services to promote
environmental, social, and economic sustainability. With RSF Social
Finance, your investment, gift, or loan is leveraged to impact a broad
spectrum of issues and to support projects that ensure a better future.
They partner with investors, donors, and social enterprises to
realize financial transactions that enliven consciousness and enhance
quality of life. With their clients, they cultivate environmental,
social and financial sustainability, and provide access to capital for
organizations committed to fair practices and improving economic
Essential Living Foods is glad to have RSF Social Finance as one of its lenders.
financial partner of ours that we’re proud of and glad to be connected
to is Root Capital. Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment
fund that is pioneering finance for grassroots businesses in the
developing world. They work with artisan and farmer associations that
build sustainable livelihoods and transform rural economies in poor,
environmentally vulnerable places.
We at Essential Living
Foods work directly with Root Capital on some projects, and we
introduce our farmer partners to them as well. Root Capital
understands the unique business elements of rural agriculture, and
their non-profit structure allows them to help support the growers in a
sustainable business model. Their tight alignment with our own
business philosophy makes Root Capital a valuable partner in our global
There are many law firms out there to choose from, and Essential
Livings Foods is glad to have found a firm that specializes in green,
sustainable, conscious companies. Exemplar Law provides top-notch
council, an innovative fixed price fee structure, and connections to
other businesses that share our business philosophies.
Foods is the giant retailer in the natural and organic foods space,
and we’re thankful for their support as a loyal customer of Essential
Living Foods’ fine products. Their Whole Trade program
is a great step towards supporting the kids of sustainable business
practices that Essential Living Foods pioneered and continues to
are glad to have found another B Corporation to work with for our
credit card processing. They are a "For Benefit" company, aiming to
not only benefit their stockholders and clients, but also the greater
community they live in. They were the first merchant services company
in the world to offer the, "For Benefit Merchant Program," which not
only guarantees reduced fees for their partner companies, but also
donates a minimum of 10% of their revenue stream to the non-profit of
choice of their merchants. They believe that it is the responsibility
of business to lead the push for healthy global change.
José, Our Olive Farmer
Essential Living Foods has been doing business with José for six years. He planted his olive trees 19 years ago, and before he came, his farmland was an entirely barren desert.
José has planted over 5,000 olive trees and over 500 varieties of other
trees, which has provided a high level of biodiversity to the area.
From nothing but snakes and rats when they started, the agriculture
he's started from stratch has allowed all manner of birds and insects to
find a home. He has significantly improved the environment and the
ecological system by building this olive farm, and his 100% organic and
sustainable practices are a model for other farmers.
The local community around this farm was severely impoverished before the olive farm was started.
At its beginning, José employed 7 people and now employs up to 80
people from the local community during harvest and at least 25 people on
an annual basis. José was also the first major employer in the area. Beyond this critical service of decent jobs, each year José donates olives and fruit for needy families in the local community.
One of José's passions is teaching, training, and mentoring.
He has personally trained and promoted 6 processing and farm managers
over the years – local men who started out without much marketable skill
- who have gone on to higher paying jobs with other companies because
of their training on our olive farm. Instead of begrudging the
fact that he had to train them and then they leave, José instead is
proud of the men he trained and continues to promote from within and
prepare his top people for bigger and better opportunities than they
could ever have had before. Obviously, these trained workers enhance the local community with their knowledge and incomes.
Due to his great success in sustainable, organic
growing, José has been asked by the Ministry of Agriculture of Peru to
provide organic farming training sessions on his farm. He has also traveled to different towns to provide this presentation.
He has taught a course on organic agriculture at the Monterico College
in Lima for 3 years, and within that time he has transformed the program
from conventional agriculture methodologies to organic methodology
practices. Through these training sessions he combines his
innovative organic agriculture knowledge and his love of teaching to
help spread the word about the plethora of benefits that organic farming
provides - to the farmers with healthier work environments and higher
prices for their goods, and to the environment with the natural
fertilizers and lack of harmful chemicals.