ABOUT HIMALAYAN BIOTRADE LTD


History:
Himalayan Bio Trade Pvt. Ltd (HBTL) founded in 2000, is a natural products processing and marketing company, owned by a consortium of community-based forest enterprises of Nepal. These communities have gained tenure over forest habitat and work to conserve the ecosystem’s unique biodiversity and protect the wildlife, while promoting income-generating initiatives such as HBTL's projects. Thus, HBTL's shareholders are the community members who sustainably manage the Himalayan forests.

Mission:

HBTL's mission is to produce and market the highest quality natural products ensuring benefits to the rural community groups of Nepal Himalaya.

Social Commitment:
HBTL’s success benefits about 15,000 rural poor by empowering them to fight poverty and improve their living standard, while protecting Nepal’s unique biodiversity and taking positive action in addressing global climate change. Through its operations in the rural parts of Nepal, HBTL has been creating employment and income generating opportunities at a local level, while monitoring forest sustainability and addressing social and economical issues. These efforts are helping create reliable supply chains that will benefit local communities for years, while giving customers high quality unique natural products.

Product Certification:
HBTL and its community enterprises have received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited Chain of Custody (CoC), Organic and Wildlife Friendly certifications. HBTL offers a vast range of certified organic and fair-trade natural products, of the highest quality, including essential oils, Nepali handmade paper products, Himalayan nettle products, Vegetable oils and herbs.

Partners:
HBTL would like to sincerely thank all their partners whose continued support has made it possible for their community enterprise to continue to grow and develop. Some notable partners are:

- ANSAB (Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources)
- Aveda Corporation
- CECI (Canadian Center for International Studies and Cooperation)
- Elam/Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Nepal
- Enterprise Works/Vita
- GIZ/Include
- Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network