UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. At Sher Ethiopia we make valuable contributions to these goals.

Construction of 16 apartments for impoverished families

The Sher Fairtrade Premium Committee recently decided to construct 16 apartment for impoverished families in Ziway. This will ensure a healthy living environment for these community members by providing them with decent housing and clean sanitary facilities that they previously lacked.

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Serving 240.000 hot meals every year

All 1,200 kindergarten students at Sher schools receive a hot meal, free of charge, every morning.

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Sher Hospital

Our hospital serves over 100,000 patients each year. Sher employees and students receive free healthcare, while members of the local community only have to pay low hospital fees. 75 health professionals and 90 supporting staff have a huge impact on the wellbeing of the region every day.

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Sher Schools

Sher Ethiopia provides education to over 6,500 children at three locations. Kindergarten, elementary school and secondary school are free of charge for the children of employees and for other community members. In Koka Sher Ethiopia has helped to construct and manage a local public school.

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Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

We offer various programs on gender, women empowerment and inclusion, helping thousands of women and young girls.

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Providing potable water in rural areas

Over the last few years we have provided clean drinking water for hundreds of families in the countryside near Ziway. In Bochessa and Worja Washgula, we extended the drinking water pipes at several locations and built tap points at various sites.

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Providing jobs to more than 12.500 employees

For more than 15 years Sher Ethiopia is the largest contributor to the horticultural sector in Ethiopia, providing close to 4% of all forex flowing in to Ethiopia.

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Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

3 horticultural farms produce over 1 billion sustainable roses every year.

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We provide jobs irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

At Sher Ethiopia we employ workers from 36 different districts and we are proud to offer various programmes and training courses to our staff and community members that demonstrate our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce

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Sher Ethiopia contributes by providing jobs, education, health and development in general

We keep our areas clean and safe. We provide and plant trees. We educate local farmers. We provide access to potable water.

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We offer our customers the best-quality roses, without having a negative impact on the environment or the working conditions at our farms

Sustainable production: through IPM, Wetlands and drip line irrigation. Sustainable consumption through Fairtrade.

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We are very proud that our roses are Carbon Neutral

We measure the scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions and acquire carbon credits that contribute to offsetting and reduction projects of the Carbon Neutral Now Initiative of the United Nations.

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More crop per drop

Sher Ethiopia uses a unique closed loop system for water recycling, which has been specially developed to filter and reuse water. The so-called wetlands purify all wastewater. After purification, the water is reused to irrigate rose plants.

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Restoring degraded land

To help restore woodland cover and promote rainwater infiltration we have planted 800,000 seedlings in the upper catchment of Lake Ziway over the past years. Wildlife is now returning to this area.

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In our efforts for sustainable development we join forces with several partners, for instance the Floriculture Sustainable Initiative, IDH, local, regional and federal government bodies, the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia and Ethiopian Airlines.