Discover how our work with community trade partners is helping to empower women worldwide

Since our founder Anita Roddick began our first Trade Not Aid partnership in 1987, we’ve been sustainably sourcing ingredients and accessories from around the world, supporting the communities that provide them. Our partners give back with social projects, scholarship programs and fair, equal treatment that supports the women they employ. Meet a few of them here…


We’ve been sustainably sourcing our Community Trade shea butter since 1994. Working with the Tungteiya Women’s Association in northern Ghana, every year 640 women from 11 villages handcraft 390 tons of shea butter for us using an 18-stage process. This process has been passed from mother to daughter for generations. Using traditional techniques to ensure the highest product quality, each woman takes two days to produce our shea in 25kg batches expertly.

We now help empower these Ghanaian women by helping them achieve an independent income. As well as paying a fair price for the shea they produce we also pay a premium, which helps fund community projects. These community projects positively impact the lives of 49,000 people across the 11 villages. Our support helps seven schools educate 1,200 students. We can also help the community get access to safe water and health care.


Our Community Trade Brazil nut oil is sustainably sourced from Candela in Peru, a non-profit organization that represents the Caste?ero nut collectors. Candela was co-founded by a woman, Lupe Vizcarra. Traditionally, brazil nut concessions are managed by women and handed down through the generations. Nowadays, 34% of the concessions managed by Candela are legally held by women.

Candela offer benefits that aren’t available to most female workers in the area, including social security, sick pay, pension funds and maternity pay.


Our British Rose range is infused with Community Trade rose essence from roses lovingly grown on Castle Farm in Hertfordshire, England.

Emma is the Farm Director at Castle Farm. As a farmer, she has worked in a predominantly male world and has faced prejudice, but she believes that if you care enough about a cause and never compromise your beliefs, you can succeed. Her passion for the natural world is her daily inspiration, which fuels her determination to protect the environment for future generations.


The paper for our Community Trade gift bags and boxes is handcrafted by Get Paper Industries in Nepal. GPI employ more women than men, and make sure the women received a fair, equal wage and benefits, which is sadly uncommon in Nepal. They’ve also pioneered social projects in Bansbari, including helping underprivileged children, particularly girls, attend school and raising awareness of human trafficking.

Bina joined Get Paper Industries in 1994. She had never been to school herself, but with the help of GPI’s ‘Send our Daughters’ campaign and a lot of hard work, she was able to school her daughters. Maya and Mamta recently completed their Post-Graduate Masters in Business Management, and want to run their own companies one day.