SOLIDARI – WHAT?
Solidaridad is a frontrunner in the area of sustainable economic development. We are an international market and solution-oriented civil society organization working through nine regional expertise centers in around 37 countries. We aspire to transform production practices in such a way that it provides fair and proﬁtable livelihoods and business opportunities, guarantees decent working conditions and a fair living wage and does not deplete the landscapes where people thrive, now and for generations to come.
Solidaridad started in 1969 as a Dutch ecumenical development organization working in Latin America (hence the Spanish name). Evolving from the idea that consumers have the power to transform sectors toward sustainability, we sparked Fair Trade labeling in the late 80s. Starting with the coﬀee (the Max Havelaar label), followed by bananas and other commodities, we co-founded several labels that have become leading in the market for sustainable products.
Then we realized that to transform sectors, collaboration with all supply chain players would be needed. We broadened our scope toward working with companies in CSR programmes and certiﬁcation. Thereafter we focused more on working with producers in the international supply chain through round tables for commodities like soy, palm oil, sugarcane, and cotton. Recently, we have enhanced our focus on developing domestic standards for local production.
SOLIDARIDAD in Indonesia We were here all this time….
Solidaridad has been having partnerships and carrying out projects in Indonesia since 2012. Managed under the Regional Expertise Center of Asia, Solidaridad Indonesia started its ﬁrst project with oil palm independent smallholders in Jambi. Other than palm oil, several projects on tea, soya and landscape management are currently under implementation in West and Central Java.
In 2016, Solidaridad Indonesia oﬃcially became Yayasan Solidaridad Network Indonesia. We have expanded from one oﬃce with three staﬀ in Jakarta, to four oﬃces in Jakarta, Sintang, Pontianak, and Balikpapan. We have a current total staﬀ strength of nineteen. This expansion enables us to extend our projects widely in West Kalimantan. Altogether, Solidaridad Indonesia will operate with twenty-seven manpower spread across four oﬃces in three provinces.
We envision a world in which all we produce, and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations.
Our mission is what we do every day to help us reach that end goal. We bring together supply chain players and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the beneﬁt for all.