Burkina Faso Solidarity-Sourced Shea Butter
Olvéa and Nafa Naana
Location of project
Type of Intervention
Improved cooking stoves
Shea butter, well-known as a moisturiser and softener, is an ingredient found in 1,200 health, beauty and cosmetic products from the L’Oréal Group. It ranks among the 10 botanic raw materials most used by the Group. As part of its Solidarity Sourcing plan, the Group introduced a sustainable sourcing programme for shea butter in partnership with communities in Burkina Faso. This West African country, where a third of the human population lives below the poverty line, has one of the largest shea tree populations in the world.
In 2016, as part of the implementation of our Carbon Balanced ambition, the climate dimension of the programme was developed.Thanks to a partnership with supplier Olvéa and the Burkinabe social enterprise Nafa Naana, L’Oréal facilitated the acquisition of 1,500 improved cook-stoves, to replace the traditional “three-stone” stoves used to boil water to scald shea nuts. In the villages of Burkina Faso where almost 22,000 women harvest the nuts used to produce shea butter, L’Oréal is helping them adopt improved cook stoves which require less wood consumption.
The L’Oréal programme has three 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; and to protect the environment through the preservation of shea trees.