Training programs are being offered to over 1000 patchouli producers and their families on good agricultural and distillation practices, improved management of household income as well as education on nutrition. Additionally, smallholder patchouli distillation units will be renovated to improve energy efficiency and reduce firewood consumption; trees will be planted as part of the climate-smart cultivation approach.
Givaudan's collection network in Indonesia comprises hundreds of smallholder farmers and distillers of patchouli oil on the island of Sulawesi since 2013, securing 100% of the supply of the essential ingredient.
"We are strengthening our commitment to sustainable patchouli production in Indonesia as part of our approach to sourcing for shared value," said Willem Mutsaerts, head of global procurement and sustainability. "For Givaudan this means being present at source and supporting patchouli producers in the development of their smallholder businesses in a way that is respectful of the environment."
The goal of the multi-year project is to promote best practices and improve living standards among the Indonesian producer community while protecting precious natural resources on the island.
"We are pleased to be working with Givaudan on this project which represents a first for sustainable Indonesian patchouli production in terms of scope. In partnership with the producers, their families and local government actors, we aim to help increase smallholder production yields, promote the protection of natural resources and create local ownership in the project," said Peter Bissegger, director market development, Swisscontact.
Patchouli oil is prized by perfumers for its powerful, earthy and long-lasting character. The essential oil is distilled from the dried leaves of the patchouli plant and used to inspire perfumers' palettes for everything from fine fragrances to fabric care products, while also providing a source of inspiration to craft exclusive new fragrance signatures such as Akigalawood produced through biotechnology, according to Givaudan.