THE WHAT? Beiersdorf has reported ‘impactful progress’ for projects that are currently underway in the West African countries of Burkina Faso and Ghana to empower women in the shea supply chain.
THE DETAILS According to a press release, “So far, more than 4,000 women have taken part in the training courses, for example as part of the Clean Cookstoves Initiative. In the process, the women have learned how to use local materials to build safer and more efficient alternatives to traditional stoves.
“They have also learned how to protect their valuable source of income by managing the shea parklands; so far, 5,000 seedlings of the shea tree alone have been planted.”
THE WHY? Projects in West Africa support various aspects of Beiersdorf’s Care Beyond Skin Sustainability Agenda, by empowering women and actively contributing to climate protection.
Julia Beier, Responsible Sourcing Manager at Beiersdorf, says, “Feedback from the women who are participating illustrates the positive impact that our involvement has had on the ground. We are incredibly proud that the project has been so successful, despite all the challenges posed by the pandemic, and that we have managed to support these women in sustainable shea production through knowledge sharing and training.”