Collaboration with Oxfam Great Britain, Heifer International and the
Ford Foundation Delivers a Strategic Social Investment
LES CAYES, Haiti--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 14, 2016--
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Vetiver Together (Graphic: Business Wire)
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and Unilever announced today a
new partnership with leading non-governmental organizations to enhance
the livelihoods of smallholder vetiver farmers in Haiti. The
partnership, Vetiver Together, aims to sustainably improve food
security, increase yields, and diversify income, while working to
support women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
Vetiver oil is a common ingredient in many fragrances and an important
crop for Unilever, found in brands such as Axe and Impulse. Haiti
produces some of the best vetiver in the world, and many farmers rely on
cultivation of the root for their entire source of income. But, due to
economic pressures, farmers often harvest the roots before they are
fully mature, leading to low prices, poor oil yields, deforestation and
soil erosion. The partnership will help farmers address these challenges
as well as provide training to community members - including in crop and
livestock production, soil conservation and nutrition - to help improve
social conditions and diversity of farm production and food security.
The project is a strategic social investment that recognizes that
improving smallholder and community livelihoods and strengthening the
Haitian vetiver supply chain are mutually beneficial. It is supported by
the Enhancing Livelihoods Fund – a partnership between Unilever, Oxfam
Great Britain, and the Ford Foundation which backs innovative models to
improve agricultural practices and have a positive social impact,
particularly for women.
“IFF relies on small farming communities for many natural products.
These farmers, their families, and communities are an important part of
our supply chain,” said Andreas Fibig, Chairman and CEO of IFF.
“Sustainability is a key enabler of our Vision2020 business strategy,
and this partnership is the embodiment of one of our key sustainability
strategies, Sensational People, in which we engage our employees
and stakeholders to make a positive difference in the world.”
“Sustainability is integral to how we do business at Unilever – we aim
to enhance the social and economic livelihoods of millions of
smallholder farmers in our supply chain,” said Dhaval Buch, Chief
Procurement Officer of Unilever. “Creating a more resilient supply chain
is essential to make real impact on the ground. Partnerships, like
Vetiver Together, are instrumental if we are to achieve the level of
systematic change that is necessary across industries and supply chains.”
Heifer International will implement the project and provide access to
livestock which delivers both an additional food source and diversified
income through products that can be bartered and sold at market.
“Livestock is a vehicle to support families and communities, provide
highly nutritious foods, empower women, and manage economic risk,” said
Pierre Ferrari, CEO of Heifer International. “Coupling livestock with
improvements in the quality of the vetiver crop through optimized
conservation practices makes Vetiver Together a true example of the good
that can happen when multi-stakeholder partnerships are managed and
executed with care.”
“The Enhancing Livelihood Fund is particularly interested in supporting
Unilever suppliers develop new business models that improve conditions
for women, workers and smallholders in an innovative way. We have learnt
from previous work, suppliers play a critical role.” said David Bright,
Head of Economic Justice of Oxfam GB. “This is why Oxfam together with
Unilever and the Ford Foundation set up the Fund to support Unilever
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