SEKEM Holding – The Umbrella for the Companies
SEKEM established several specialized companies to ensure productions and marketing of its products. The umbrella organisation for SEKEMs independent firms, the SEKEM Holding, was established in order to supervise, evaluate, and support all subsidiary ventures, and to enable it to act as investor and lender to them.
The SEKEM Holding is closely cooperating with international institutions, such as the Deutsche Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (DEG), or the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Since May 2007, the German GLS Gemeinschaftsbank, the Dutch Triodos Bank and since 2011, Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperative are shareholders of the SEKEM Holding and support the finance department for future investments.
High Commitment and Support
The SEKEM Holding guarantees to itself and its subsidiaries:
- Sustained commitment to the benefits of Biodynamic agriculture
- Commitment to the highest product quality and its continuous improvement
- Provision of required capital and its optimal use
- Assurance of continuous measures in organizational development
- Investment in education and training for all employees
- Dedication towards customers’ real needs
- A marketing strategy sensitive to human values, truthfulness, sensibility, and in alignment with SEKEMs long-standing vision and values
- The promotion of the principles of associative economics
ISIS Organic – Pioneering the Market Since 1997
ISIS Organic produces food that is wholesome, nutritious and delicious, from carefully selected raw materials that are free of any artificial additives or preservatives. The foodstuff processed and packed by ISIS Organic includes organically grown vegetables, honey, dates, herbs, spices, edible oils, and beverages such as herbal tea and juice. Following the principles of transparency, we strive for honest and fair collaboration throughout the entire supply chain. The prices for raw materials are set according to Fair-trade principles and assure a fair distribution of the value generation to our suppliers. We foster our long-term relations with our suppliers through guaranteeing purchase of certain amounts of raw material and helping to pre-finance the cultivation.
SEKEM Health – Your Healthy Alternative
SEKEM is known as the expert in natural health-care products and being embedded into the SEKEM Holding: With a tight link to ISIS Organic, SEKEM was able to innovate the market. SEKEM Health markets natural Organic medical herbs products in both local and global markets aiming to satisfy it’s customer’s needs for better human health, by produce the quality and effective medical herbs. The company has not been defined only by medicinal teas for a long time now, but its product range has been markedly expanded by innovative in-house developments and in-licensing agreements in the field of herbal medicines.
ATOS Pharma – Natural Medicines and Health Care Products
ATOS Pharma, founded in 1986, manufactures and markets an array of natural medicines and health care products of superior quality for effective causal treatment combined with maximum tolerability. The products are developed for different indications: cancer therapy, cardiolovascular, dermatology, gastro-intestinal, gynaecology, hepato-biliary, immunology, neuropsychiatry, respiratory, rheumatology and urology. ATOS Pharma markets and distributes its products nationally and internationally. ATOS Pharma is committed to a regional leadership position in the field of phyto-pharmaceuticals. Its foremost goal is to promote the utmost benefits of natural medicine in the region.
NatureTex – Organic Textiles From Egypt to the World
NatureTex is a high quality producer of colorful baby and kids wear, dolls and toys, home textiles, fabrics and assorted adults items using only organic cotton. NatureTex was founded in 1998, originally under the name of ConyTex. The design and development of the products is done in-house in its own studio, and produced and marketed under its own brand “Cotton People Organic” (CPO), “NatureTex”, “Organic Baby”, or under private labels such as “People Wear Organic” (PWO) or “Under The Nile”. NatureTex competes successfully in the global market for organically produced textiles through the design, manufacturing, and marketing of beautiful and high quality products from Egypt, the home of today’s premium cotton production.
Lotus – Great Food Starts with Great Raw Material
Lotus was founded in 1977 under the name of SEKEM and was the first company within the Initiative. The company, nowadays named Lotus, processes all kinds of Organic herbs and spices from Biodynamical cultivated plants. It produces, imports and exports Organic and Biodynamic and thus natural and chemical free, herbs, spices and seeds for its sister companies ISIS Organic and ATOS Pharma, as well as for the export market according to International Demeter Processing Guidelines. Taste, aroma and the natural medicinal effectiveness of the herbal products are the highest priorities for Lotus company.
SEKEM applies various standards for itself and its subsidiaries: