Naturex’s Pathfinder Program: Moabi butter in Cameroon, an example of responsible and sustainable sourcing


The Moabi, an iconic tree of Cameroon’s forests, first bears fruit 50 years after germination. It is considered to be a sacred tree by local populations.

Though considered a vulnerable resource, it offers a substantial source of revenue for local populations.

In order to allow these local communities to sustainably develop the resource, Naturex has implemented a long-term economic model through a local partnership:
- Ensure a steady income to local populations by utilizing this resource
- Optimize resource management by focusing on the production of Moabi butter rather than using the tree for timber
- Preserve the resource through a replanting program run by local populations (22,000 trees planted to date)

This ambitious project was presented in late 2014 by Naturex Purchasing Manager Anthony Verdugo during the “Sustainable Cosmetics Summit” in Paris. The objective of the summit is to foster sustainable development within the beauty industry by uniting various actors (industry, scientists, certification bodies, etc.) and to encourage debate within the cosmetic community.

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About Naturex:
Naturex is the global leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients. Through its dedicated business units, the Group addresses the specific needs of 3 strategic markets: Food & Beverage, Nutrition & Health, and Personal Care. The company offers its customers a full array of high quality ingredients, responsibly sourced from nature for food, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic applications.
Naturex’s head office is Avignon, France. The company employs more than 1,600 people and benefits from 8 sourcing offices around the world and high-performance manufacturing operations across 16 sites in Europe, Morocco, the United States, Brazil, Australia, India and Chile. It also has a global commercial presence through a dedicated network of 25 sales offices.

Your contacts at Naturex: 
Antoine Dauby
Group Marketing Director
Tel: +334 90 23 96 89

Karine Morel
Communication Manager
Tel: +334 90 23 96 89

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