Social Responsibility 

Santalum album has grown in India for thousands of years, but today, wild populations are dwindling and risks like poaching and disease have made regeneration difficult. For Indian villagers this deforestation has had significant consequences.

Since 2010 Quintis has partnered with Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and his organisation Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) to deliver a community project to areas of rural India where native sandalwood forests have been devastated.

This social responsibility initiative uses BBA’s Child Friendly Village model for community development, which focuses on four key elements:

  • Education and Child Rights: Working to ensure a safe environment is created with no child labour, ensuring that schools are resources and families can access welfare for schooling.
  • Human Rights and Democracy: Hosting workshops to raise awareness of human rights and forming community adult and children’s parliaments.
  • Women’s Empowerment:Helping women to form self-help groups and receive basic business training, as well as providing microcredit to encourage the start-up of small-scale enterprises.
  • Economic Development:Working to develop small-scale commercial ventures such as Agarbatti (incense) rolling and soap making.

Over the last few years this project has helped increase school attendance, stop child marriage, improve opportunities for women and boost the local economy. The project also helps improve the quality of village life by establishing community groups like the Women's Councils and Youth Councils. These groups have driven projects like road repairs and the creation of sanitary facilities, as well as supplementary classes for struggling students.

While the project started in Mangla - a small village close to Mysore where Sandalwood once grew in abundance - it has since expanded to cover five nearby villages to deliver even greater impact over the next few years.