DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Burt's
Bees announces SheKeeper, a $2-million, three-year partnership with USAID,
Partnership for Natural Ingredients and Burt's Bees shea and
beeswax suppliers, aimed at diversifying income of shea producers
and increasing exports from West
Africa. The program has the potential to establish a
scalable framework for the future, impacting the livelihoods of the
more than 16 million women collectors and processors across the 21
African countries that make up the shea processing industry.
SheKeeper will create an opportunity for at least 600 women to
expand their skill set, opening new career paths for an entire
generation. In addition to generating market linkages and
expanding production and sales of shea, beeswax, and honey,
SheKeeper will help increase Ghanaian exports and create new jobs
while building the capacity of 1,200 smallholders. Building on
longstanding efforts to support women's groups in shea-producing
communities in Ghana, this
collaboration helps advance Burt's Bees and USAID's shared women's
economic empowerment and gender equality priorities.
Beekeeping, a crucial link in the supply chain for many of the
ingredients used by Burt's Bees, is a highly specialized craft
commonly practiced by men around the world. SheKeeper puts women
at the center of beekeeping. In SheKeeper, women participants
from shea communities select a beekeeping partner and they will
work as a team to manage the hives and collect and sell the honey
"SheKeeper fosters community and commercial partnerships with
shea-producing women's groups by introducing the
multi-generational practice of beekeeping," says Shannon Hess, Burt's
Bees Director of Responsible Sourcing. "Beekeeping opens
opportunities for greater economic empowerment of women and youth
and increased biodiversity for future generations."
The SheKeeper program expands the brand's Global
Supply Chain Investment Program, which alongside responsible
sourcing assessments and third-party audits aims to impact the
livelihoods of more than 50,000 people across its supply chain by
2025. It's part of their ongoing commitment to support a resilient
supply chain through women's and children's empowerment, protection
of human rights, and providing resources and education that promote
health, safety and biodiversity.
Joseph Funt, Lead,
Multi-Stakeholder Strategy, Partnership for Natural
Ingredients said "The partnership allows us to align
resources and enhance capacity building in shea producing
communities, increasing women's income from beekeeping products and
the boosted shea fruit yields related to pollination. We are
thrilled to support SheKeeper activities and promote results
through Global Shea Alliance as
another means to scale-up impact through industry engagements."
Burt's Bees uses over 1,000 natural ingredients grown and
processed in more than 100 countries. From almond oil in the U.S.
to shea butter from Ghana and
Burkina Faso, the brand invests in
traceable, transparent and resilient supply chains. Hess explains,
"At Burt's Bees, we dedicate ourselves to understanding and
applying nature's benefits to skin care and sourcing ingredients
responsibly, with respect to communities and the land."
To read about our 2025 Impact Vision and 2020 accomplishments,
see Burt's Bees 2020 Impact Report.
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About Burt's Bees: Burt's
Bees® is a dermatologist recommended natural skincare brand,
offering clean and consciously-crafted Lip Balm, Skincare, Makeup
and more—designed to work with skin and uplift the spirit. Formulas
are over 95% Natural Origin, with no animal testing, responsible
sourcing, and recyclable packaging. Founders, Burt and Roxanne,
helped pioneer the natural beauty movement back in 1984 and it's
their passion for nature as a remedy for people that drives how we
work every day. NYSE: CLX CLX-B.
About USAID: USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency
that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient,
democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID's activities
and strategic partnerships support Ghana's journey to self-reliance and advances
an integrated approach to development. It promotes
accountability, sustainable systems, and inclusive development.
About West Africa Trade & Investment Hub: The West
Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) is a USAID-funded
initiative that catalyzes economic growth through co-investing with
the private sector to generate new investment, create new jobs, and
increase the value of regional and international exports in
About Partnership for Natural Ingredients: Partnership
for Natural Ingredients is a boutique advisory that supports food
and personal care companies to sustainably develop natural
ingredient supply chains through partnership strategies,
fundraising, and project management.
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