• A sustainable and fair sourcing of Shea butter

    Shea Butter is extracted from the nut of the Shea Tree, found in sub-Saharan Africa, and the Shea butter used in Garnier products comes from a sustainable sourcing in Burkina Faso.

    In Burkina Faso, Shea nut gathering is traditionally done by women. Usually they collect the fruit and remove the flesh to extract the nuts, which are then boiled, sun-dried and cracked. Afterwards, they dry the Shea seeds in the sun and finally sold them through cooperatives.

    This West African country, where a third of the people live beneath the poverty line, has one of the largest Shea tree forests in the world.

    Our sourcing program has three main objectives:
    - To provide a fair direct income, with no middlemen, to these Shea-nut gatherers;
    - To create value locally through training on best practices in collecting and processing;
    - To protect the environment through the preservation of Shea trees, through the use of improved cookstoves to reduce deforestation due to fire-wood consumption for the processing of the nuts.

  • This program has been developed in partnership with Olvéa Burkina Faso, a French company which has produced Shea butter in accordance with Ethical BioTrade standards. This approach ensures that the gatherers who have joined forces in cooperatives are given commercial opportunities, fair and transparent compensation and the capacities needed to Shea nut quality.

    The Swedish company AAK, global leader of Shea-derived ingredients, has also been part of this commitment. The company has revised its purchasing processes, signing contracts with producer cooperatives, setting above-market prices and establishing collection protocols to protect resources.

    Through this program, Garnier has helped 6000 women in Burkina Faso.

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  • A sustainable and fair sourcing of Argan oil

    The Argan tree is endemic to southern Morocco. Largely found on the Souss plain, it is the second largest forest ecosystem in Morocco and acts as a natural barrier against the advance of the desert. Argan oil is extracted from the fruit seeds and from the leaves which are picked manually by women from local communities and processed in the local production and preparation cooperatives.

    Recognized for its nourishing and restructuring properties in cosmetics, the Argan oil is extracted from the fruit seeds and from the leaves which are picked manually by women from local communities and processed in the local production and preparation cooperatives.

  • The Argan oil used in Garnier products comes from a sustainable sourcing, near Tioute. Since 2008, a partnership has been developed with the supplier BASF and the local NGO Yamana to ensure cooperatives a fair return with fair price and capacity enhancement, through the sustainable use of natural resources.

    Yamana has been working closely with the Targanine cooperatives which not only provide employment but also shared decision-making in order to help the empowerment of previously unemployed Berber women.

    The program contributes to the overall economic and social development of the area. Women have increased their financial autonomy, reinforced their managing power and improved their social status. Their working conditions have been improved, as well as their access to healthcare and literacy.

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