Plant Lipids is committed to setting new standards for sustainable business practices and paving the way for eco-friendly modes of operation. Over 40 years, we’ve dedicated our resources to harnessing the goodness of nature using state-of-the-art technology to create top-grade natural ingredients.
Today, Plant Lipids has blossomed into one of the leading producers of spice extracts, essential oils and natural food colours in the world. We are committed to developing an efficient, pro-active model of doing business while making a tangible positive impact on human lives and the environment.
Over the years, we’ve cultivated strong relationships with multiple communities of farmers and local suppliers, on a mutually beneficial basis. They have helped us to procure the best raw materials while we use our expertise to guide them in expanding the scope of their practices.
We deeply value the quality of our products and the expectations of our customers. We observe all stages of production fastidiously. Right from sowing to cropping to processing, we consistently optimise various steps to maximise productivity and minimise the effects on the environment.
As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set by its member states, the United Nations defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Based on these goals, Plant Lipids sustainability model was developed with core concepts of Responsibility, Accountability, & Traceability.
An organisation is only as strong as its workforce. We consider our employees’ well being as an essential element of our vision for Plant Lipids’ future. Based on the Responsibility sphere of Plant Lipids Sustainability Model, we strive to maintain the perfect work environment that helps them earn a steady income and develop their skills.
To increase their efficiency, training programmes are regularly scheduled at all of our manufacturing hubs in Cochin, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Hubli and Sri Lanka. All 11 departments of Plant Lipids are involved and actively participating in these programmes. So far, 25 major initiatives have been undertaken and implemented to enhance the prospects that cover their health and safety.
Women empowerment is another key focus area for Plant Lipids. From offering direct employment to women from underprivileged communities to creating inclusive work spaces, we envision the future of Plant Lipids as an equal opportunity setting.
MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES AND THEIR DEPENDANTS
27 TRAINING PROGRAMMES COVERED IN 2018-2019
759 EMPLOYEES COVERED UNDER THE HEALTH AND SAFETY SCHEMES
ANNUAL MEDICAL CAMPS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
The move towards sustainable practices compliant with the Accountability feature of Plant Lipids Sustainability Model necessitates adopting eco-friendly means of energy. To be equipped for the power requirements of the future, Plant Lipids is progressively integrating renewable energy as the source for operations in all our manufacturing hubs. Currently, ten percent of our energy needs are met by renewable sources like solar, wind, organic waste, etc. Simultaneously we’re actively reducing our reliance on traditional energy and reusing water through various methods of distillation and purification.
As recognition of our efforts, Kerala State Pollution Control Board has presented us the ‘Excellence Award for Environment Protection’ for 11 years and running.
In addition to our current practices, we’ve set multiple pro-environment goals including five percent reduction of carbon emission by 2022 and total energy independence of our Hyderabad factory by 2021.
90% GENERATED ORGANICSOLID WASTE USED AS FUEL
REMAINING 10% ORGANICWASTE USED AS MANURE
1.2+ MWSOLAR ENERGY USAGE
6.25 MWWIND ENERGY CAPACITY
30000 LITRESOF REUSED WATER
REDUCE ENERGYCONSUMPTION BY 3% YOY
REDUCE STEAMUSAGE BY 5% YOY
ZERO DISCHARGEFACILITIES & ZERO EMISSIONS
Under the traceability aspect of our Sustainability Model, Plant Lipids is committed to developing high quality agricultural products through methods that protect and improve the natural environment. We consistently diversify and increase the range of crops we cultivate. From the full-fledged Red Chilli–Hot Peppers farming initiative to Marigold, Cumin, Rosemary, Turmeric and more, we embrace new ventures while maintaining sustainability as the core principle.
Being one of Plant Lipids’ primary initiatives in sustainable farming, our Red chilli production adheres to sustainability standards of environmental integrity, social well being, and economic resilience. A wide range of efficient agricultural practices including responsible use of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, judicious irrigation methods, sustainable soil use and the like are employed to optimise produce and minimise wastage.
The initiative also benefits the entire business network that it operates through. For example, farming communities receive incentives in terms of pricing, crop planning, expert training, coaching programmes and marketing skill development. We work closely with vendors and IPM operators to meet standards in terms of supply security, quality compliance, product traceability and more. Hence this structure of business ensures sustainability and encourages responsibility. As a result of having such a strong core of production and supply, Plant Lipids has become the largest producer of IPM Chilli.
5000 METRIC TONS
HYBRID SEED DEVELOPMENT
Our Turmeric farming initiative was started back in 2017 with focus on utilising sustainable agricultural methods. Operating with an intricate network of farmers, vendors and suppliers, the final product obtained from the programme is Curcumin powder which is complaint with international traceability standards.
Currently, the programme is run at Gundlupet, Karnataka and engages over 200 farmers. The Turmeric farms under the initiative cover approximately 350 acres and produce around 1000 metric tonnes of dry Turmeric.
Similar to the Red Chilli and Turmeric farming programmes, we are also running projects that propagate large scale cultivation of Ginger, Black Pepper, Garlic, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Marigold, Cumin and other crops. All of these programmes are strictly based on the traceability aspect of the Plant Lipids sustainability model and are showing promising results.
USED IN PHARMAGRADE INGREDIENTS