Reducing CO2 emissions in the shea supply chain

Our partnership with FairClimateFund

After carrying out a cradle-to-gate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on our shea-based products to measure environmental impact, we have partnered with FairClimateFund to support a project generating Fairtrade and Gold Standard carbon credits from our shea supply region. The project reduces carbon emissions by using energy-efficient cookstoves, which are safer and healthier for families than traditional three-stone fires. Plus, local communities benefit from the carbon credit premium, which goes back to participating households for climate adaptation measures.

As a result of this partnership initiative and to help our customers achieve their scope 3 emissions targets, our LIPEX® Shea, LIPEX® SheaSoft TR™, and LIPEX® SheaLiquid TR™ emollients are now verified climate neutral by South Pole. And we aim to build additional capacity for verified climate-neutral shea products as the project grows. If you would like further details, please get in touch directly.


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About FairClimateFund

FairClimateFund is an ethical carbon project developer and uses the Voluntary Carbon Market to finance projects and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impacts, supporting individual households, farmers and communities to adapt to climate change. The projects improve the livelihoods and resilience of communities impacted most from climate change caused by the industrialized world.

All FairClimateFund projects are certified according to the Fairtrade Climate Standard and cover bottom-up development, fair pricing, and benefit sharing. And all their corporate partners must commit to a rigorous and transparent internal CO2 reduction program, separate from offsetting. AAK, for example, has invested in generating renewable energy from shea meal, a side stream from shea butter production, at our main processing plant in Aarhus, Denmark, which will save up to 90% of CO2 emissions at the processing stage compared to buying electricity from the national grid.

How carbon credits work

Carbon credits are generated through energy-efficient cookstoves that reduce CO2 emissions, improve health and safety, and save precious firewood, which minimizes the impact on the landscape in the project areas. The Fairtrade premium from the carbon credit scheme enables communities to invest in climate adaptation measures to protect the landscape around them.


By rooting our carbon credits in simple and cost-effective interventions that make a real and relevant difference, we can connect part of the needs of the communities at the shea supply chain origin with those at a corporate and consumer level. Making better happen for all.


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