More solidarity sourcing

We empower 787 communities as part of our ingredient sourcing programmes.
By 2025, this will increase to 1,000 communities.

How does Garnier help farmers?

We are committed to implementing fair trade practices across the supply chain, seeking to support and empower farmers and workers to help them improve their revenues and livelihoods. We also provide training to improve the agriculture skills of people in these communities and provide them with the latest knowledge on organic farming.

How does Garnier help the economy?

We facilitate access to health services or welfare protection mechanisms for many of our smallholders. In 2019, our Solidarity Sourcing program enabled 670 communities facing social or financial challenges to gain access to or retain a job and fair income. We have also partnered with NGOs to help empower communities through socially responsible or “solidarity” sourcing programmed worldwide.


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 sell 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;

Preservation of Shea Trees

- 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 Olvea 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 the program, Garnier has helped 6000 women in Burkina Faso. Discover some of our key products that are enriched with Shea butter.

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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.

Recognised 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.

Sustainable Sourcing

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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