About us

Forestwise is dedicated to creating #RainforestValue in order to sustain the rainforests of Borneo. 

Our mission is to #StopDeforestation by developing a market for valuable products that are wild-harvested from the rainforest without damaging it. By helping to maintain the wild rainforest, we also conserve wildlife, generate employment and income for local inhabitants, and safeguard fresh water, fresh air and fertile soils. 

We increase the economic value of the remaining forest, and give forest communities a sound incentive for continuing to protect it. Our harvesting and processing methods are certified by Ecocert with the Fair for Life certificate. We also offer certified organic products. 

Founded in 2018, Forestwise has offices in Rotterdam (NL) and Sintang (ID), as well as production facilities in Sintang (ID).

OUr team

Our mission is to Create #RainforestValue through the power of rainforest products

Theo Smits and Dirk-Jan Oudshoorn met in 2013, when they were both working for an Indonesian non-governmental organization. Theo moved to Indonesia in 2007, looking for ways to share his 30-years of experience and extensive production technology knowledge with people in less developed areas.

Dirk-Jan had decided to follow his girlfriend Alexandra Vosmaer, who was pursuing her dream of working with endangered orangutans in Borneo. Dirk-Jan always had a passion for combining sustainability in the combination with making beautiful products.

In the following years, Theo and Dirk-Jan witnessed at first hand the destruction caused by massive deforestation in Borneo. In 2018, they decided to set up their own social enterprise, Forestwise, to empower the local inhabitants to protect the remaining rainforest.

Our mission is to #StopDeforestation by developing a market for valuable rainforest products and empower the local people to protect the remaining rainforest.

Forestwise does this by producing Rainforest products, creating more value for forest communities while increasing the value of the forest as a natural resource, and providing genuinely sustainable alternatives for consumers around the world.

OUr team

We are a team of professional all-rounders who are committed to creating #RainforestValue in order to sustain the rainforest in Borneo.

Dirk-JAN
OUDSHOORN

FOUNDER AND CEO

THEO
SMITS

FOUNDER AND CTO

ALEXANDRA
VOSMAER

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

ARJAN
VERSCHOOR

Commercial director

Dominique Lecossois

Senior Board Advisor

OUR PARTNERS

Our partners in conserving the wild rainforest:

Our distribution partner: