We source our shea butter from Ghana, Burkina Faso, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and Uganda. In doing so, we support local cooperatives, rural communities and various projects. One example is the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary: the nature reserve in northern Ghana protects the habitat for hippos. As shea butter is traditionally produced by women, they can earn their own income and thus enable their children to go to school. The wild shea trees grow to be over 100 years old and provide financial security for families for generations.
The production of shea butter is complex: After collecting the fruit and peeling off the pulp, the seeds are dried, peeled, roasted and then crushed. By adding water and constantly kneading the mass, an emulsion is formed from which the fat can finally be skimmed off. Many steps of the production are done by hand, the use of smaller machines relieves the women of the physical hard work.
With the supply chains we have established, we support fair trade and women's independence. Thanks to the production of shea butter, a large part of the added value remains locally in Africa. Rural habitats thus remain attractive and migration to the big cities is reduced.
We source our shea butter from several countries in East and West Africa - including Ghana, where we work closely with the Shea Savannah Fruit Company (SFC).
Read a report about the SFC.
Sustainability plays a crucial role for AOT. From the very beginning, we have focused on organic farming. It protects the climate, ensures soil fertility and protects the environment. Synthetic fertilisers and pesticides are not used. The shea nuts for our certified organic shea butter come from trees that grow wild.
You can find out more about our company's sustainable approach here.