22 Nov 2017
Our Commitment to Social Responsibility & Sustainability
By Kevin Bohnert, Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain
Part of Jaguar’s staff contribution series
Jaguar Health is committed to the principle of the triple bottom line, which takes into account not only financial returns but also our impact on environmental and social issues. As one example, the company has a robust sustainability program that has been developed over many years in collaboration with Indigenous communities in Peru from which the company purchases Croton lechleri plant latex, which is the raw material from which crofelemer and SB-300 are extracted. As a way of giving back to these communities, Jaguar recently donated twenty-seven hectares of land to an innovative school in Peru – look for an upcoming article on this project.
At the individual level, Jaguar supports the efforts of its employees to contribute to their local and global communities.
Jaguar employees have volunteered their time in numerous ways, including:
- Working as a spay/neuter surgeon at a local animal shelter
- Teaching English to refugees and preparing them for citizenship exams
- Providing workforce training for Laotian and Afghan refugee women and youth, as well as prison inmates
- Giving lectures at colleges in India
- Working one-on-one with orphans to help them find meaningful employment in areas of the world where there are few job opportunities
- Serving in leadership roles for organizations that provide assistance to local families in need
- Taking in disadvantaged families and individuals during the holidays
- Working with search and rescue teams to locate missing people and animals following natural disasters such as the recent wildfires in Northern California
Many of us have also volunteered our time supporting local schools, parent-teacher associations and Boy Scout troops, as well as food banks and organizations that offer assistance to elderly individuals in our communities.
In addition to this volunteer work, Jaguar employees have also made substantial monetary donations to organizations that:
- Provide emergency assistance and supplies to victims of natural disasters, civil unrest, or famine
- Help refugees in immediate relief, long-term aid, and resettlement
- Improve health and living conditions of those around the world by providing clean water sources, improved sanitation facilities, proper hygiene training, and immunization
- Rescue children from sex slavery and trafficking
- Offer food and housing for individuals and families in need in our local communities
- Provide medical assistance to individuals living with HIV in Zambia
- Help women who are survivors of war to rebuild their lives by providing them with vocational skills that enable them to earn a living wage
- Protect the well-being of animals – organizations such as Animal Defenders, San Francisco SPCA, Marine Mammal Center, World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, Peninsula Humane Society, Panthera, WildAid and One Reef
Additionally, my colleagues have financed scholarships for individual high school and college students in various countries and made cash donations to schools.
In my own case, I found there to be a nice synergy between my work responsibilities and other social causes which are of interest to me. In 2008 the company supported my efforts to learn Spanish so that I could better communicate with the vendors in Peru who collect the Croton lechleri latex used in our manufacturing processes. Once I had reached a reasonable level of fluency, I began volunteering for the microfinance organization Kiva, translating loan requests from entrepreneurs in many different Latin American countries. It was particularly satisfying to be able to play a role in supporting entrepreneurs from members of indigenous communities in Peru.
When speaking with my colleagues here at Jaguar Health in preparation for writing this article, I was humbled by their level of commitment to the causes they believe in. I am grateful to be able to work with such a caring and dedicated group of people.