" We are very involved at ground level and know our raw products and our suppliers inside out. It demonstrates our credibility throughout the entire process, from the basic seeds right through to the finished products."
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 secure as much as possible high quality and sustainable ingredients.
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.
Olivier 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 while maintaining local skills.
Today, over 10,000 women are working in this industry and are able to sell their butter at a price that is twice
that of a standard shea butter sold for export.
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