Organic Fair Trade
Organic Fair Trade: a sustainable commitment
Huilerie Émile Noël is one of the companies which, back in the early ‘80s, pledged its commitment to an alternative economy by supporting fair trade. A great lover of Africa, Émile Noël tirelessly sought new materials to make his oils. He looked to Burkina Faso, then Mali, to develop the farming of organic sesame seeds.
This supply chain now produces more than 1,300 tons of sesame seeds, providing work and regular incomes for over 150 Malian villages; 8,000 families farm about 8,000 hectares. At present, an estimated 100,000 people are touched by the chain’s impacts.
In the social field, this trade has made it possible, through the Upper Niger Valley Office (OHVN), to set up literacy programmes and drive real improvements in schooling.
In environmental terms, the chain plays a role in the fight against desertification and maintains soil fertility thanks to greater agronomic know-how. In addition, Huilerie Émile Noël funds 20 plant nurseries in Mali.
Besides its ethical core, Organic Fair Trade is an effective way to build a high-quality supply chain over the long term, with the fewest possible intermediaries between growers and Huilerie Émile Noël.
We are able to gain farmers’ trust by offering them pre-funding and a whole range of guarantees.
As well as sesame from Mali, the company’s Organic Fair Trade activity includes argan oil from Morocco and hazelnuts from Turkey. Other chains are now in place: for baobab nuts and shea butter in Mali. In this North-South trade, and wherever Huilerie Émile Noël buys raw materials, there is regular monitoring, training and quality inspections alongside the farmers in order to ensure the origin and traceability of our supplies.