That is Weleda’s attitude and approach when it comes to our sourcing. For us, it’s not just where our sustainable, fair trade and biodynamically produced ingredients come from, it’s about partnerships. The relationships with farmers and their employees matter as much as the integrity of the ingredients. Together we seek ingredients for the clean, consciously beautiful Weleda NATRUE certified natural personal care, Europe’s leading natural certifier.
Our raw materials are diverse in origin, some of which come from Weleda’s gardens and farms. Raw materials include: stems, seeds, petals, barks, and roots of the flowers and plants, all of which are transformed into usable ingredients. These are the energetic sources of the purity and potency of all Weleda products. More than 200 species are from our own Weleda Medicinal Plant Gardens, our growing plots, and wild harvesting. Vast, varied and rare, our additional plant-based needs are filled through our exceptionally conscientious suppliers. Some of Weleda’s essential ingredients are sourced from farms large and small, cooperatives, farming projects, and through fair-trade partnerships worldwide.
At Weleda, we believe the holistic nature of positive relationships comes full circle. Fair prices, long-term contracts, fair compensation, and the advancement of women with respect for work/family balance. Such fair trade standards inform every aspect of our supply chain and production. Ethics and values are crucial to us as a company and we work only with suppliers who share the same ethical point-of-view in regards to their employees as demonstrated by co-operation with university, government development or global environmental organizations.
Since October 2011, Weleda has been a full member of the Union for Ethical Biotrade. Founded in 2007, the Paris-based non-profit organization represents a globally recognized standard for sustainable procurement and utilization of resources, taking into account biodiversity, as well as fair distribution of income.