Better coconut sourcing

A natural fit for sustainable beauty

Coconut oil is renowned for its multi-tasking health and beauty benefits and has been used for centuries by women in South East Asia. It makes an excellent skin moisturizer, hair conditioner, and massage treatment for babies and children.

Coconut grows mainly in extensively managed plantations, and more than 90 percent of coconut farmers are smallholders. The coconut oil used in our Personal Care division comes exclusively from the Philippines and Indonesia, where harvesting does not use primates, making it an ideal choice for vegan beauty products.


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Understanding our coconut supply base

AAK Personal Care is the first supplier to offer Rainforest Alliance segregated coconut oil to the beauty industry

Together with our partner, Proforest, we conducted a risk assessment of the AAK general coconut supply chain. The assessment identified priorities for responsible sourcing that included increasing traceability, improving farmer livelihoods, and rejuvenating the coconut industry.


In Personal Care, we offer two levels of traceability.  Our Akocare Coconut Oil™ is traceable to one mill and growing region in the Philippines.  Our Akocare Coconut RA SG™ is Rainforest Alliance certified from a segregated supply chain, traceable to farmer level in Indonesia.

Engaging with suppliers and smallholders

All our suppliers must adhere to a strict code of conduct covering business ethics, traceability, and labor rights.  In the Philippines, we have close contact with the mill and we continuously engage with suppliers to drive progress. 


In Indonesia, we engage directly with coconut farmers and work with our Rainforest Alliance partners to train on good agricultural practices.  Our direct supply chain is fully segregated and certified by the Rainforest Alliance.


The number of Rainforest Alliance certified farmers is growing significantly in line with demand.

Driving impact beyond our supply base

In November 2020, AAK joined the Sustainable Coconut Charter as a founding member. Initiated by USAID Green Invest Asia and Barry Callebaut, the charter focuses on defining coconut sustainability and sustainability program goals. 


Our ambitions include improving supply chain traceability, preventing deforestation, distributing seedlings, and mitigating climate change. The rejuvenation of the coconut tree population is a risk and, therefore, a priority, and we plan to place 10,000 seedlings in nurseries by 2025.


To implement these ambitions throughout our supply chains, we have been a member of the steering committee to found the new ‘Sustainable Coconut Partnership’, an industry association with the mission to catalyze responsible coconut production and market transformation at scale by establishing industry-wide best practices and impact programs. We invite industry peers to join the partnership as members to gain critical mass and enable the impact the coconut industry needs.


Please contact us for information on how to join and engage in transforming the coconut supply chain.

Learn how certification improves farmers' livelihoods and guarantees traceability throughout the supply chain.

Rainforest Alliance agricultural methods and training result in better quality coconut crops and higher yields, helping farmers create long-term increased productivity and improved incomes. In addition, segregated certification guarantees that the coconut is kept separate during all supply chain stages from the farm in Indonesia to production in Sweden.


Watch the video to find out more.


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