Sustainability and responsible growth
Responsible growth is one of the cornerstones of the AAK strategy and is essential to our aspiration to be our customers’ first choice in value-added vegetable oil solutions.
For us, responsible growth is about acting responsibly towards all our key stakeholders – the local communities in which we operate, our global and local customers, employees, investors and suppliers.
– Arne Frank, CEO
To learn more about our work within these important areas, read below and download our latest Sustainability Report.
In 2009, AAK initiated a responsible sourcing project in Burkina Faso based on Fair Trade principles. Set up as a win-win between women who traditionally collect shea kernels and AAK, the project was called “Kolo Nafaso,” meaning “the house of benefits of shea kernels”. Thanks to its early success, the project has since matured into a new way of doing business for both AAK and over 90,000 women in West Africa. Find out more in our product guide for 100% traceable Lipex SheaLiquid™ TR
Our raw materials are derived from renewable sources, and locally grown rapeseed is an important raw material for our ingredients to the personal care industry. Its oil contains two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (Omega 6) and alpha-linolenic acid (Omega 3), as well as vitamin E (tocopherol). Through close cooperation with local farmers, we are able to maintain control of the entire value chain, from production of raw material to finished products.
Ethical Supply Chain
AAK has implemented a Supplier Code of Conduct for direct raw material suppliers worldwide. The code stipulates our requirements with regard to fourteen highly important areas including Human rights, Working environment, Corruption and Discrimination.
At AAK we specialise in sustainable purification and soft processing, with a focus on both quality and the footprint our production plants leave on the environment. We strive constantly to reduce our consumption of energy and water, and to reduce waste and emissions. Download our Sustainability Report for examples of our latest projects and results, and view the film to learn about our soft processing.
Global Shea Alliance
AAK Personal Care is a world leading supplier of shea-based emollients and bioactives for the personal care industry. We are also a founding member of the Global Shea Alliance, a multi-stakeholder association promoting quality and sustainability in the shea industry. The alliance supports rural African communities and promotes women’s empowerment by strengthening the shea industry and value chain.
Shea kernels from West Africa are a very important and unique raw material for AAK. Over more than 60 years, we have gained extensive knowledge and experience of this raw material and the local communities in which we operate. We have also initiated a solidarity sourcing programme in Burkina Faso that drives sustainable development in the region and helps fight poverty. View the film to learn more about AAK in West Africa.
As a member of the United Nations Global Compact since 2002, we are committed to taking a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, undertaking initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and encouraging the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. Our ingredients for the personal care industry are based on renewable vegetable sources and embody this commitment.