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Ecolink Co. Ltd., have been set up in Agust 2004 by a group of commodity traders and development consultant , with the purpose of promoting organic and fair-trade agriculture as a differentiated way of branding Vietnamese tea internationally, and to increase the awareness and consumption of organic products domestically
Ecolink Co. Ltd., have been set up in Agust 2004 by a group of commodity traders and development consultant , with the purpose of promoting organic and fair-trade agriculture as a differentiated way of branding Vietnamese tea internationally, and to increase the awareness and consumption of organic products domestically. Ecolink operates across the entire value chain by partnership with farmer cooperatives , provide training and consultation for the groups to get organic certification, and building up strong supply chains in organic industry in Vietnam, from plantation, processing to distribution
Ecolink is considered a pioneer in Vietnam’s organic farming and Fairtrade sector, working to promote the organic farming industry in Vietnam and abroad. Ecolink was a founding member of the Vietnam Organic Association
Ecolink commit for sustainable agriculture. We not only introduce true quality of Vietnamese natural products to improve quality of life of people, but also take corporate social responsibility and improve livelihood of the upland farmers and related stakeholders in the chains
Ecolink’s mother company , Hiep Thanh Co. ltd., is the biggest highland tea producer in Vietnam ( annual production of 5,000 MT in 9 provinces ) , so Ecolink have real advantage in development of organic production in the highland of Vietnam .
Landscape of Ban Lien ( Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province ) where Ecolink have been assigned by Lao Cai province to set up 3 organic tea factories ( Bac Ha organic project is one of four organic project commited by Ecolink now ). It is the first highland organic project of Ecolink from 2006 ( certified organic by 2009 and fair-trade by 2010, with 197 tea households in 9 villages ). You could see the tea factory bellow the commune office in the picture.
Figure 1: Ecolink’s value chain for organic produce
Ecolink employs 30 people in total with 6 in the head office in Hanoi, 40 staffs in factories. Management team has 5 members.
Ngu Dy Than, Founder and Director of Ecolink – Prior to setting up HTC in 2001, Mr.Than– an engineer by profession – was a tea-buying agent for Lipton/Unilever in Vietnam. He was responsible for setting up a supply chain for Lipton to purchase tea from Vietnamese farmers. After a four-year stint with Lipton, Mr.Than then realized that there was opportunity to professionalize the supply chain connecting local and foreign buyers to processors and farmers, so he joined a group of agro-traders and established their own agricultural supply chain company, HTC. He is very passionate about tea, and it is clear that he sees organic foods as an area where HTC has to expand to ensure it meets evolving market demands. He is hardworking, astute, but has only been somewhat responsive to LGT VP’s requests for information.
Mob : ( 84) (0) 91323.9304
Pham Minh Duc, Director of Internal Control System for Ecolink (an now effectively CEO) -Duc plays an integral role at Ecolink, as he is effectively Mr.Than’s right hand man. Duc works closely with farmer groups, tea processing and quality control teams to ensure that the final products meet customers’ demands. He is well respected by the team and passionate about tea. He has a Masters in Agriculture and MBA from the Vietnam Agricultural University.
Mob: ( 84 ) (0) 983098164
Ecolink activities includes :
1. To invest to strenthen supply chain of organic- fairtrade products, and especially the links between farmer /planters and proccessor . We have 2 organic tea/spices projects certified in Bac Ha ( Lao Cai province ), Quang Binh ( Ha Giang province ), and are carrying out 5 more projects of organic ginger/ tea/ cassia in Ha Giang/ Yen Bai/ Lai Chau province .
Ecolink also help to set up various organic farmer groups in Thai Nguyen, Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Bac Giang, Hoa Binh, Hanoi province.
In short , we commit to support the sustainable/organic agricultural movement within Vietnam, the Indochina/ ASEAN region and worldwide
Ecolink would like to find longterm partner as suppliers of organic/ fairtrade products ( to export and import in Vietnam ), as buyers ( importers in EU/ America/ Japan ) , as consultant of organic/ fairtrade , as well as community development orgnisation .
Please do not hesitate to contact us at :
Address : Building No. 8, A32, Nghia Tan, Cau Giay, Hanoi ( 347 lane Hoang Quoc Viet)
Tel.: ( 84-4 )3 8465142 Fax : ( 84-4 ) 38465024