In 2010, Biolandes obtained ESR fair trade certification for the production of essential oil of organically grown Madagascan vetiver. Since August 2018, this ESR certification has been replaced by a new fair trade certification granted to us by Ecocert: Fair For Life (FFL).
In the Central Highlands of Madagascar, Biolandes has finalized a contract with a growers’ association for the production of vetiver root in compliance with the stipulations of the FFL reference system. The association, which unites some 20 growers, agrees to supply organic- and NOP-certified dried vetiver roots for distillation.
In return, Biolandes agrees to purchase the roots from the planters at a guaranteed minimum price that will give them a profit margin per hectare greater than what they could earn with crops like corn and rice.
In parallel, a social development fund has been set up, subsidized by Biolandes at 5% of the value of the essential oil. This fund is used to finance community actions, selected by general meeting, that benefit all of the growers and their families. Since it was founded, the social fund has enabled: