One hundred and sixty vetiver growers have formed a cooperative to produce an exclusive vetiver oil quality for Givaudan perfumers. Haitian growers in three villages, Massey, Faucault and Bazelais, form the Givaudan / Agri-Supply cooperative.
They benefit from a guaranteed minimum price and regular technical support from Givaudan teams that aims to improve the vetiver harvesting and distilling processes. The roots, for example, are harvested only in the dry season and at maturity. They are cleaned in the field, to limit soil erosion and to optimise the quality of the essential oil. The Haitian vetiver essence resulting from this program has received organic and ESR certification (Equitable, Sustainable, Responsible) by Ecocert.
The cooperative’s development fund is financed by Givaudan and Agri-Supply. It enables actions to be undertaken in Haiti that are mutually beneficial to both the business and the communities involved. The recent repair of the road that serves the three villages is an example of a benefit brought by the development fund. The improved road ensures vetiver is transported more quickly to the distillery. It simultaneously strengthens connection between the three villages and provides local people with much easier access to the region’s infrastructures and amenities.
Following the initiatives taken for sandalwood in Australia, the tonka bean in Venezuela, benzoin in Laos, vanilla in Madagascar, ylang-ylang in the Comoros and lavender in France, this seventh partnership is part of Givaudan’s on-going Innovative Naturals programme.
In other news: Nestlé are looking to sell its 10% share of Givaudan.