About Our Company

Our Company Charter

Marine Algae founders believe in business with integrity, and that sustainable businesses are the right way of doing business. We value:
  • Our customers
  • Our staff
  • Our environment
  • Our suppliers
  • Our community
We use the principles of the European Union Member States who defined a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ​at the Rio+20 Conference. These goals are useful for us in defining our charter. In particular 5 goals are part of our charter: 1. No Poverty 9.  Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure 11. Sustainable cities and Communities 13. Climate Action 14. Life below Water


Certified B Companies

Certified B Companies are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving of a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good.

In the B Economy, businesses compete to be best for the world, the people living in it, and the natural environment on which our quality of life depends.

To build a B Economy, we need to be a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. B Corporations are businesses that are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, community, and environment. Certified B Corporations have met the highest standards of verified performance and transparency.

Marine Algae will work towards being certified.

About Our Company Team

Our leadership team in the Philippines are researchers, Marine Biologists, experience business leaders. Marine Algae Products, Inc has transitioned to a contract supply to local supply headed up by Simon Hoyle with working in conjunction with a great team of fisher farmers from the Samal Island area. There is full support from the local seaweed co-operatives in the areas around Davao.

The management and consultants in the seaweed growing and production system come from a range of backgrounds. Most of the leadership team are locally based and have lived in the Philippines for all or most of their lives.

President of the Philippine seaweed company responsible for growing seaweed in communities. Financial controller and People Resources Manager

Belle Lagarteja
President, Marine Algae Products, Inc

Based in Philippines operating a 40 desk BPO in the financial services sector, Gray has been 15 years in Philippines in a number of business. Prior businesses in the telecommunications industry globally

Gray Goodwin
MD, Australia. Consultant Philippines

Jay, a chemical engineer by training and with 10 years of managing production systems in the petro chemical industry, and 5 years of banana farm production brings practical operational discipline

Jay Descalsota
Farm Research Manager
dr Hugh Butler CEO Biosea Health

Technology startup investor with prior investments in start-ups in nutraceuticals, data communications, recreational products, construction products, security systems, bio-pharmaceutical and energy saving systems. PhD in Agriculture

Dr Hugh Butler
CEO Australia
Lea Sterling Chief Scientist Human endometriosis researcher

Lea (with 3 degrees) is passionate about womens health. She is currently undertaking a MSc/PhD on how seaweed reduces dysmenorrhea and endometriosis. Nothing she likes more than trawling through science papers and SPSS. Experienced in the startup culture, and loves and teaches music.

Lea Sterling
Chief Scientist Health