Castor Program In India

Supported by a multi-stakeholder round table called the Castor Steering Committee

Its an informal assembly of key castor industry stakeholders committed to working together to enhance the accountability and credibility of the castor program specifically. The Castor Steering Committee is constituted of members from Jayant Agro, BASF and Arkema. Solidaridad is the chief implementing partner of the Castor code

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance in lightweight and design materials, bio sourced materials, new energies, water management, solutions for electronics, and the performance and home insulation. Arkema is the world’s only commercial supplier of Rilsan® bio-based polyamide 11, a truly high performing polymer derived from sustainable castor oil.

A global manufacturer in specialty chemicals and advanced materials, with 3 business segments – High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties, and Coating Solutions  – and globally recognized brands, the Group reports annual sales of 8.3 billion euros. Buoyed by the collective energy of its 19,800 employees, Arkema operates in close to 55 countries.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63 billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

Jayant Agro-Organics Limited is an emerging oleo chemical company with leadership in the castor-based specialty chemicals. With its in house research and development centre the company has a strong focus on developing new products and applications based on castor oil and its derivatives. The company’s vision is to provide sustainable end to end solutions across the castor-based value chain to its customers. To know more: www.jayantagro.com

Solidaridad is an international civil society organization with more than 45 years of global experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains. Solidaridad works across 12 supply chains and operates through 9 regional offices on 5 continents. Since 2008, Solidaridad in India, through its commodity based sustainability supply chain programmes is directly contributing to poverty alleviation by building capacities of producers in attaining global best practices on good agricultural practices, adopt international certification systems, market access and developing sustainable crop production. Presently, Solidaridad in India reaching out to nearly 700,000 smallholders and workers in major crops (castor, sugarcane, cotton, soybean, and tea) covering 11 Indian states. These programmes are running in close partnership with diverse stakeholders (producers, NGOs, communities, businesses, etc) with an aim to improve farmer skills, crop productivity and profitability of farming by adopting modern technologies and sustainable practices.