Pharmactive Biotech Products SLU (Madrid, Spain) unveiled a long-term sustainability program that emphasizes fair trade, strengthening the local female workforce, reducing energy consumption and reducing costs. waste through recycling and the promotion of crops that support biodiversity. The company has certified its environmental management system according to ISO 14001: 2015.
Pharmactive uses sustainable sourcing and production protocols, while maintaining full control of its supply channels to deliver high quality, ethically sourced certified organic plants to its customers. As part of its strong environmental policy, Pharmactive has designed a long-term contract farming plan to strengthen the local economy and workforce in remote areas of the Castilla-La-Mancha region of Spain as well as that to promote the preservation of Spanish cultural heritage. The contract farming support program secures the income and livelihoods of farmers living in the provinces, and in return, farmers must engage in traditional and environmentally friendly farming and harvesting practices.
“Spain is dotted with rural areas dubbed ’empty Spain’ because of people who abandon these cities to seek better employment opportunities in large metropolises,” said Julia Diaz, marketing manager of Pharmactive, in a statement. “Castile is considered an important site of the ancient agrarian cultural heritage of Spain, but it suffers from this ghost town syndrome. As a result, the government is putting in place incentives to attract people to the area, and we have deployed our initiatives to try to help our government turn the tide.
In addition to negotiating attractive compensation plans and labor contracts with farmers, Pharmactive’s program also ensures that farmers can sell their entire crop by creating demand. One of the ways the program promotes employment prospects for women is by requiring manual labor for certain crops such as saffron. Local elderly women are employed to separate the delicate stigmas from the flower by hand, thus preserving an ancient tradition and avoiding the use of machines that prevent waste emissions.
The use of traditional agricultural practices also contributes to Pharmactive’s ecological mission. Concretely, the company adheres to the Spanish agricultural tradition of “Barbecho”, which designates a period of fallowing of its private fields so that the land rejuvenates and restores its organic matter.
“This practice has a positive impact through multiple mechanisms,” explains Jean-Marie Raymond, CEO of Pharmactive. “It enriches the ecosystem, promotes biodiversity and benefits pollinating insects. It also protects endangered species, such as several birds native to the steppe habitat, and helps naturally control pests, fungi and weeds. Additionally, this ancient practice gives us a way to support the Earth so that it can continue to support us. “
ISO certification attests to the company’s proactivity, guaranteeing that all of its operations, from agriculture to extraction and distribution, are eco-responsible. “We are committed to developing a fair and lasting relationship with the communities involved in the sourcing and processing of saffron,” said Diaz. “Pharmactive’s operations are built on solid principles of respect for the environment and on the desire to contribute to the quality of life of the communities we work with and the consumers we serve.