Where life grows

For over 50 years, we have played a leading role in the sourcing and processing of shea as an important raw material. The opening of our first local shea processing plant in Tema, Ghana is the next step in this journey. With this also comes the responsibility to work in a sustainable, transparent, and traceable way. This is what brought our shea sustainability initiatives to life in 2017.

The Where Life Grows program was set up with the objective to empower shea collecting women, create socio-economic value in their communities, and conserve and regenerate the shea landscape in the region.

A day in the life of the women of shea
The Nasia Cooperative

One of the key sourcing areas for Bunge Loders Croklaan is centered around the Nasia community, in the northern part of Ghana. During 2021 and 2022 we video-documented the daily activities of these women. We follow them during their days of shea picking, shea processing, training and dry season farming. The video series provide insight how our program positively impacts their livelihoods.

Watch the videos here:

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Tree of life

Did you know that the Shea tree, that grows in the West African Savannah park lands, is known as the "Tree of Life"? The shea nut from this tree is used to make shea butter, which is known for its nourishing properties and used as an ingredient in food and personal care products. 

Shea for good

Shea is more than just a product, it turns life into purposeful living, helping the communities of its place of origin thrive. West-African communities rely on the shea industry for their livelihoods. Cooperative groups primarily comprised of and led by women do most of the shea nut collection and represent an integral part of the shea supply chain. This in turn strengthens the position of these women, empowering them to transform their own lives, the lives of their children, families and their entire communities. 

This partnership keeps the shea crushing in West Africa
Crating socio economic value at origin

For our seventh blog we spoke to Simballa Sylla, the CEO of Mali Shi, who is also the President of the Global Shea Alliance.
Mali Shi is the only large-scale industrial shea crushing factory in Mali, Africa and Bunge Loders Croklaan was at the cradle of the establishment of this enterprise. With this partnership we are committed to strengthening the shea infrastructure and supply chain, supporting local crushers and shea collectors with improved working conditions and economic opportunities.
Simballa told us all about the leaps of progress the region has been making over the years due to the creation of jobs in the shea industry in Africa.

Read more personal stories on our efforts in the shea industry

Shea - Where Life Grows
The Women of Shea - the Nasia Cooperative
Shea - Where Life Grows
Habiba teaches new teachers in The Women’s Cooperatives Project
Shea - Where Life Grows
The solar effect, empowering women through solar energy
Shea - Where Life Grows
Socio economic value through partnership projects with Global Shea Alliance
Shea - Where Life Grows
Improving working conditions and economic opportunities at the origin of shea
Shea - Where Life Grows
Alidu Tia explains about protecting and restoring shea parklands
Shea - Where Life Grows
The story of Dora Torwiseh, a woman for all women

Our projects
Creating positive impact on the ground, linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Shea dashboard
Transparency and verification for all our efforts in our shea dashboard on the shea page
Contact our shea sustainability team