Not only is dōTERRA committed to providing the most reliable, safe, pure, and potent essential oils on the market, they are also committed to ethical and fair treatment of the farmers, harvesters and distillers that produce those essential oils.
dōTERRA distributes over 100 different essential oils from over 40 countries. In order to make sure that every supplier in the essential oil production chain is treated fairly, no matter what country or economic background they come from, dōTERRA initiated their Co-Impact Sourcing Initiative.
In developing countries, dōTERRA forms long term partnerships with all suppliers, including farmers, harvesters and distillers. These arrangements ensure predictable and consistent income for the suppliers, often paying them much more than they were previously receiving, and also paying them several times throughout the year, at key points during the growing season, and not just at harvest.
This practice plays an important role in two of dōTERRA’s initiatives. First, it makes sure that the suppliers are able to feel confident that their families and communities are being supported and financially taken care of. In a natural way, this financial security encourages the suppliers to adhere to sound and agriculturally sustainable growing, harvesting, and distilling practices. And this, in turn, produces a better quality essential oil for the end user.
dōTERRA also encourages the suppliers in various regions to form cooperatives with each other. This helps them share in the risks and rewards that are inherent in an agriculturally based enterprise. These cooperatives also give the suppliers stronger bargaining power as they compete in an increasingly complex global market.
In addition to its Co-impact Sourcing Initiative, dōTERRA also supports many of its developing country suppliers with its Healing Hands Foundation, dōTERRA’s charitable giving arm. Through Healing Hands, dōTERRA provides communities with clean water, schools and medical facilities, depending on their individual needs.