We work closely with the government of Malaysia to prevent exploitation of the Orang Asli by requiring a license to harvest the herb, and only the Orang Asli are allowed to collect Tongkat ali in the rainforests. Further, in a concerted effort to preserve the interests of local business, we work with the Malaysian government to prevent export of the raw Tongkat ali root to other countries, especially China.
We practice fair trade by paying the Orang Asli, Mapuche Indians, and organic farmers in Italy and India (other locations where the material for our science-backed ingredients are cultivated) fair prices for their efforts.
For instance, once processed, the Tongkat ali root can fetch a higher price than raw (unprocessed) root on the market. Therefore, a post-harvest facility was set up within the Orang Asli village to accommodate the processing of collected Tongkat ali roots by drying, grinding and packing to prepare for transport. This setting creates a mutually beneficial eco-system as the Orang Asli will be able to supply the raw material at a higher value, and benefit from a secure and steady demand; it also allows us to obtain raw materials with consistent standards — crucial to the extraction and manufacturing of LJ100®.
We ensure sustainable harvesting is practiced by planting seedlings in the rainforest.
In the Chilean Patagonia region, we train the Mapuche Indians how to use pruning techniques during harvesting. We support the Mapuche Indians by donating computers that are equipped with Mapudungan language to their schools.