Charters and commitments

From organic fair trade to organic solidarity


Back in 1972, Émile Noël was the first French oil mill to crush organic seeds (certified by Nature et Progrès).
The company was a pioneer of solidarity-based trade years before it was called fair trade. In 1985, it set up the first organic supply chain (with traceability) in West Africa.
Nowadays, organic farming is widespread, but what exactly does the term mean?
Fair trade is everywhere, but what kind of trade is it?


Here at Émile Noël, organic farming and solidarity-based and fair trade reflect our worldview.
Our kind of farming bonds us to the earth, respects its rhythm, and works naturally on a human scale. Here and elsewhere.
Our kind of farming must always be direct, sincere, balanced, sustainable and rigorous. Here and elsewhere.

Faithful to the old adage, “It takes good seeds to make good oils”, Huilerie Émile Noël is very careful to ensure optimum seed quality. By travelling the world in search of new oil-yielding plants (farmed organically), we have developed a varied, original range with great tasting and nutritional appeal.
This love of seeds and and plant materials has fostered strong partnerships with growers in five continents. Shea and baobab in Mali, hazelnuts in Turkey, argan in Morocco... But also regional initiatives in southern French such as “Tournesol Provence”, with sunflower farmers in the Camargue.

Bio Partenaire

Alongside many French organic-farming SMEs, Huilerie Émile Noël is actively involved in non-profit organisation Bio Partenaire, set up in 2002 as a forum for convergence, dialogue and projects between the organic-farming sector and solidarity-based and fair trade operators. In particular, Bio Partenaire helps its members to create raw-material supply chains. Carrying the Bio Equitable (Organic Fair Trade) label for North-South trade, and the Bio Solidaire (Organic Solidarity) label for North-North trade, they adhere to a commitment charter and a stringent specification.