While others in the essential oil industry cut corners during the planting, growing, and harvesting process, or even try to “extend” pure oils by adding less expensive ingredients, doTERRA is uncompromisingly selective.
In order to work with committed partners and to ensure the best growing conditions, doTERRA sources essential oils from across the globe. With an ever-expanding product line that includes over 100 different essential oils sourced from over 40 nations, doTERRA truly offers Earth’s best gifts.
While the temptation for a company as large as doTERRA may be to buy large plots of land and mass produce oils, doTERRA places great value on the expert knowledge of local farmers—many of whom have nurtured essential oil plants for generations. doTERRA recruits their expertise into a Global Botanical Network and, in so doing, responsibly supports thousands of jobs around the world.
doTERRA’s extensive sourcing partnerships empower doTERRA to produce exclusive, proprietary oils and blends that preserve the purity and potency of each plant. Eighty-four percent of doTERRA single oils and oil blends are exclusive, ensuring that essential oil users receive a product that is truly unique and unrivaled.
When doTERRA looks for sourcing partnerships, we deliberately choose locations where we can improve the individual, social, economic, and environmental well-being, while producing the highest quality essential oils.
As many of our essential oils grow best in developing countries, doTERRA is in a unique position to build and support ethical supply chains that benefit rural communities in need.
Oftentimes, experienced essential oil farmers, harvesters, growers, and distillers in underdeveloped areas are paid unfairly or taken advantage of, limiting their ability to escape poverty. Co-Impact Sourcing provides the tools needed to help lift these families and communities out of poverty and promote economic development. doTERRA adheres to additional Sourcing Guiding Principles when working in developing nations.
We go to the ends of the earth to source the best quality oils, but before we enter into partnerships, we ensure that growers adhere to our strict Sourcing Guiding Principles.
We then rigorously monitor and audit all partners to verify that they are adhering to our Sourcing Guiding Principles criteria.
doTERRA seeks to reduce poverty through generating ethically responsible employment in essential oil production. By creating and sustaining jobs in rural and underdeveloped areas, doTERRA supports marginalized workers and small-scale producers in developing countries and seeks to enable them to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self-sufficiency.
doTERRA provides fair pricing. A fair price is one that has been contractually agreed on by all through dialogue and participation, which provides fair and on-time pay to producers, and can also be sustained by the market. Fair pay means (i) provision of socially acceptable remuneration in the local context and which the producers themselves consider to be fair, and (ii) equal pay for equal work by women and men. Additionally, pre-payments or loans are often provided to sourcing partners to help manage cash-flows and stabilize incomes throughout the year.
doTERRA builds the capacity of farmers, distillers, and producers of essential oils. Increased capacity leads to increased incomes for supply chain partners through improvements in farming techniques, increased yields, improved process efficiencies, and strengthens productivity of the supply-chain ecosystem as a whole. doTERRA supports initiatives, typically through local NGO partners, that build capacity and deliver greater profitability through harvesting and storage services, technology improvements, logistics enhancements, provision of farm inputs, and agricultural training.
doTERRA develops long-term partnerships with growers and distillers based on solidarity, trust, and mutual respect. doTERRA promotes the growth of its partners through long-term contracts that do not maximize profit at their expense, and facilitates predictable pricing for small scale producers to ensure consistent, growing demand. doTERRA finds appropriate, participatory ways to involve its partners in decision-making processes and ensures that communication channels are open at all levels of the supply chain.
Co-Impact Sourcing® requires our partners to ensure fair labor conditions and to promote safe and healthy working environments free from exploitive practices, harassment, and discrimination. Furthermore, it requires partners to comply, at a minimum, with national and local laws and ILO conventions on health and safety, working conditions, and labor laws.
Co-Impact Sourcing supports and respects the right of all employees and producers to form and join cooperatives, to bargain collectively, and to maximize the benefits of collective organization. Such collective membership often enables members to obtain better pricing on agricultural inputs, better access to financial instruments, as well as access to collectively-owned harvesting and other equipment.
Co-Impact Sourcing promotes the use of energy efficient technologies and renewable energy technologies to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. doTERRA seeks to minimize the impact of waste streams on the environment, and encourages agricultural producers to minimize their environmental impacts. Priority is given to buying products made from raw materials that originate from sustainably managed sources, and bulk goods are dispatched by sea wherever possible to minimize carbon footprint.
doTERRA recognizes that the well-being of communities surrounding our sourcing partners is key to the long-term viability of essential oil supply. Increasing livelihoods and improving living standards in these communities at large is one of the primary goals of Co-Impact Sourcing. Premiums are often paid for Co-Impact Sourced oils, and these funds, as well as contributions from the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™, are used to support community development projects such as the construction of schools, health clinics, training facilities, and clean water systems.
Green Mandarin essential oil comes from cold-pressing young un-ripened mandarin fruit that were once considered a throw-away product after seasonally thinning mandarin trees (up to 70% of the tree fruit).
Geranium essential oil is distilled from the flower, stock, and leaves of the plant from both Madagascar and Kenya.
Through doTERRA’s Global Botanical Network of farmers and essential oil producers, doTERRA has leveraged the experience of skilled partners around the world to create the optimal supply chain for production, distillation, and distribution, enabling doTERRA to supply these essential oils directly to you and your loved ones.
doTERRA sources Wild Orange essential oil from Brazil.
Cold pressed from the peel, Wild Orange is one of doTERRA’s top selling essential oils due to its energizing aroma and multiple health benefits. Wild Orange enhances any essential oil blend with a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma.
Harvesting Copaiba can be extremely labor intensive and difficult as the harvesters must carefully slice the Amazon rainforest trees to extract Copaiba.
Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America.
Lemon and Bergamot are harvested from Italy and are extracted from the rinds (peels).
doTERRA launched a Co-Impact Sourcing Initiative in the Haitian commune of Les Cayes. This Co-Impact Sourcing Initiative aims to solve the issue of disorganization among farmers, by forming cooperatives.
Petitgrain oil has been a part of the Paraguayan heritage for centuries due to the abundance of rain and land to grow it on.
Previously, there was a low demand for Petitgrain, but doTERRA’s interest in it has sparked an interest amongst farmers and re-ignited their desire to get involved in the Petitgrain industry again.
Most of the world’s supply of cardamom is grown for the spice market, with only one percent of cardamom distilled for its essential oil.
The market is so unstable and saturated with middlemen that farmers have a hard time making enough money to be able to sustain quality cardamom production.