BUILDING LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS BASED ON TRUST & RESPECT
L'OCCITANE works directly with over 130 French farmers and 10.000 pickers - from the immortelle fields of Corsica to the lavender fields of Provence - to ensure that the ingredients we use are of the highest quality and sourced as sustainably as possible.
We strive to purchase local produce whenever possible, in order to reduce our carbon footprint and support local business, for the benefit of the social fabric of the region. We give priority to small, integrated networks, to bring added value to the producer and have complete control over the traceability of extracts, from the seeds right up to the finished product.
Our work requires respect for both man and the environment. We make no compromises with regard to the protection of endangered species or the skills of communities.
We do not patent ways of using ingredients that are based on triditions (no biopiracy), but carry out effectiveness tests and work on combinations of ingredients to meet cosmetic needs.
For our key ingredients, we build real partnerships that are strengthened, whenever possible, by multi-year contracts with our producers. These contracts guarantee them a minimum purchase volume, which ensures that they have a reliable, lasting outlet for their produce, at a price that is agreed by all parties.
The fairness of our partnerships cal also be found in our North-South trade. Several of our supply chains (shea butter, argan oil, orange blossom floral water) are fair trade approved and we donate a percentage of the purchase price of the raw material to local development projects.
The growing, harvesting, drying and storage conditions all have an impact on the purity of the plant materials. We guarantee their quality through specifications that are drawn up with our analytical, quality and regulatory departments, and with the help of our technical partners on the ground.
Our key ingredients are, for the most part, organically derived, to guarantee the absence of chemical inputs. The harvesting of wild plants is governed by sustainable harvesting guidelines, to protect the integrety and habitat of these plants.
ORGANIC IMMORTELLE FROM CORSICA
The large scale organic immortelle plantation programme was launched in Corsica.The initiative unites respect for the environment with equality. Today, this project brings together ten Corsican growers/distillers, who use organic farming methods and have contracts that cover five to seven harvests.
SHEA BUTTER STORY
SHEA BUTTER FROM BURKINA FASO
M.Baussan, founder of the L’OCCITANE brand, discovered shea butter in Burkina Faso in 1980 : the start of a sustainable joint-development partnership with the women who produce this butter. Since 2015, the Group has been working on projects aimed at protecting the shea tree, reducing the environmental impact of shea butter production