African Harvesters

Marula supports 7,500 Fair Trade harvesters as business grows

Every day more socially and eco-aware consumers are asking themselves, “how do the products I buy and the companies I support affect the World?

Well when it comes to our Marula Oil, we are proud in our record of promoting economic fairness and preserving natural resources.  Of the utmost importance is the Fair Trade principle upon which the brand was founded.  We are the only manufacturer of Marula Oil that has established a fully integrated supply chain from natural resource to finished product, providing economic opportunities to thousands of rural African women at Fair Trade wages.

The brand, which operates in 72 villages in Swaziland and 70 villages in Namibia, announces that it has grown its network of Marula nut harvesters from 4,000 in 2014 to 7,500 as of last month.  These women are the backbone of the company, sharing in the reward that is generated by the demand for this wonderful, wild natural resource.

In addition to working with local women to take advantage of the opportunities this local resource provides, the brand also manages a growing support network that identifies and addresses some of their key concerns, chief among them being education.  Thus we offer financial support for kindergartens and education in the communities in which we have a presence.

The marula oil products range are part of ROK Stars PLC, with a mandate to “Build the Mega-Brands of Tomorrow, Today

“We take our Fair Trade mission very seriously” says our co-founder and chairman, Jonathan Kendrick.  ”Marula Oil totally stands apart from its peers in this regard, as well as in the ultimate quality and purity of our finished product.  As our business grows, so does the economic advantage that is shared in the communities who are working to harvest the Marula nuts, while being able to maintain their long-held traditions and way of life.”

We are also proud to help protect biodiversity by engaging with the national departments of forestry to help communities plant indigenous trees and protect these sensitive areas by restricting “slash and burn agriculture.”

Marula Oil is currently available at BeautyBay and Holland & Barrett stores in the UK; and Sephora and Nordstrom in the US.  The brand is also growing its distribution internationally, with ongoing launches in a number of Asian and European countries.

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