Business is impossible without relations

SEKEM Friends Associations


The five associations of SEKEM Friends in Europe were established to mainly support the cultural work of the SEKEM initiative. Most educational and social projects depend on financial support that comes to a big part from the annual profits of SEKEM. 10 % of the profits are devoted for the SEKEM Development Foundation underneath which such projects like the Chamomile Children or the educational center Mahad are organized. Nonetheless, more funds are needed to keep the cultural activities of the SEKEM Development Association alive. This can happen through financial or in-kind-donations and project proposals for public funds for development aid.


Moreover, the SEKEM Friends see their task in building a bridge between Europe and the Egyptian initiative and in promoting the vision of SEKEM. Various events are used for an inter-cultural and inter-religious dialog. A special focus lies on young people and exchange programs.


SEKEM Friends Austria | SEKEM Friends Germany | SEKEM Friends Netherlands | SEKEM Friends Scandinavia | SEKEM Friends Switzerland




Building partnerships based on mutual trust is not only important in private but also in economic life. Business is impossible without good relations to other stakeholders, may they be businesses, consumers or suppliers. SEKEM would not have been possible without long standing partnerships that have been developed over the years to the strong foundations of today. We keep on striving for reliable and value driven partners.




The International Association of Partnership


Arguably, the most important partnership network is the International Association for Partnership in Ecology and Trade (IAP). In 1996, established by SEKEM and several of its long- term European business partners, in order to create a dynamic interaction between farmers, producers and traders, with the goal to provide consumers with high quality Organic products.


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Long-term reciprocal relationships with suppliers


While IAP partners are mostly buyers from SEKEM companies, SEKEM also has an extensive network of suppliers. The network of suppliers consists of both the SEKEM companies, themselves being the suppliers of other companies such as LIBRA (compost) for SEKEM for Land Reclamation or El-Mizan, and external suppliers. All agricultural suppliers are members of the Egyptian Biodynamic Association. SEKEM provides their suppliers with inputs (such as compost or Biodynamic preparations) and knowledge, offers pre-financing for their activities (depending on the case) on a seasonal basis and a buying guarantee for the pre-financed harvest. SEKEM knows about the importance of these mutually beneficial relationships and tries to nurture them as much as possible.


When partners become friends and friends become partners


gls_logoThe GLS Bank  focuses on cultural, social and ecological projects that try to tackle challenges in our society by developing creative solutions. Loans are offered to projects like independent schools and kindergartens, organic farms, institutions using therapeutic pedagogy, nursing homes, projects for the unemployed, health-food stores and communal living projects, as well as sustainable businesses.


triodos_logoThe European Triodos Bank finances companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment, with the support of depositors and investors who want to encourage corporate social responsibility and a sustainable society. Triodos Bank has won the Financial Times Sustainable Bank of the Year Award 2009.


OikoCredit, Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society U.A. is a cooperative society that offers loans or investment capital for micro-finance institutions, co-operatives and small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries. It is one of the world's largest private financiers of the micro-finance sector. As a co-operative, OikoCredit finances and invests in fair trade organizations, co-operatives, micro-finance institutions, and small to medium-sized enterprises in 63 developing countries, with the aim of affecting positive social change.


deg_logoDEG is part of the German Development Cooperation. It promotes the private sector as the engine for sustainable growth. DEG’s corporate bodies are KfW as its shareholder, the Supervisory Board and the Management Board. DEG has been financing private-sector investments in developing countries since 1962. By promoting private sector development, DEG contributes to the creation of jobs and income and to better living conditions in the partner countries.


The Bio-Verbraucher e.V. is a non profit organization based in Nuremberg, Germany. The NGO promotes the ideas of borganic and biodynamic agriculture and products with all its values, such as animal welfare, careful and conserving processing of biodynamic products and the rights of the consumer. The Bio-Verbraucher e.V. is strictly against genetically modified organisms (GMO).


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