In short, co-impact sourcing is what makes doTERRA unique. It is doTERRA’s trademark and it means that their sourcing impacts both the farmers and the users. It means that doTERRA guarantees a fair price to the farmers in exchange for a higher quality product, which in turn makes the essential oils be the highest quality. It’s one of doTERRA’s most important missions that they have been working on for several years. It ensures that they will be able to maintain the therapeutic quality of the oils while helping the world for the good in the process.
doTERRA Essential Oils have a profound impact on our health and wellness but the impact of how and where they are sourced, goes beyond a drop of oil. First, they search the globe to find the best plant material, harvested and distilled for oil potency and quality. Many of the essential oils come from countries facing economic and environmental challenges, like Guatemala, Haiti, and Somalia.
Through this, they are creating jobs and providing income in countries where there it is much needed, developing long-term relationships with artisans and distillers around the world. They work with trust-worthy, long-term buyers and they in turn, can invest in quality equipment and employees and keep a stable price and a stable product. The growers organize themselves in to cooperatives and work together and receive fair and on-time payments throughout the year. In these areas, doTERRA’s Healing Hands foundation is financing things like hospitals, schools, water projects and more to improve the community and empower growers, families and communities now and in the future. This provides hope to many families and ensures the long-term supply of the best plant materials to consistently deliver the highest quality product.
So, by using doTERRA essential oils you are impacting many more lives than your own.
Of the sources of 100 essential oils from 26 countries from around the world, 18 are considered developing countries. Before co-impact sourcing, many of them were subject to middle-men who gave them little money and took all the profits for themselves.
The three goals of co-impact sourcing are:
Product Responsibility – keeping up with the demand of essential oil users is a huge challenge, especially when doTERRA refuses to compromise on quality. As the growers learn to trust doTERRA, they learn better and better to improve the quality of the oils.
Plants Responsibility – they have a responsibility to ensure that the essential oils are available in the future – so that means they are helping the growers think ahead to the future and responsibly maintain their land. In the past, many of the growers were barely surviving and making poor long-term decisions in an effort to survive. Now they can implement practices to increase their yield while also maintaining the land for future use.
People Responsibility – doTERRA tries very hard to be a giver, not a taker. The goal of co-impact sourcing is to get more money in the pockets of the people actually doing the work. They pay throughout the year so that the growers can buy food and proper equipment.
Watch this video that explains co-impact sourcing a little more:
An Example of Co-Impact Sourcing
An example of co-impact sourcing is where Vetiver comes from. doTERRA chose Haiti as the location to source it’s Vetiver from because it has high levels of vetiverols and vetiverones. The people they are working with are the only people that have been able to identify a hydro diffusion process. You would need to travel 5 hours outside of Port Au Prince in Haiti to arrive to a small town called Les Cayes that does not have running water but is a beautiful farming community.
The people in the town have had to walk 90 minutes each direction to get one gallon of water for the day that was not even drinkable and had to be boiled to be drinkable. The vetiver comes from the roots of the plants and is best after 16-18 months. Prior to doTERRA’s involvement, they would often harvest it earlier than ideal just to survive. doTERRA helped the growers form a cooperative so they can get income year round at a higher price since theirs is normally a 9 month harvest that will leave them without income for 3 months out of the year.
Three months after doTERRA’s first visit, they brought water to the village with a hose bib from a well. They also noticed that their school had no desks or teacher. doTERRA’s Healing Hands foundation helped solved this problem as well. doTERRA has now created around 4000-5000 jobs in Haiti.
This is another example of Co-Impact Sourcing: Preserving Italian Citrus Orchards: A Co-Impact Story
This graphic may help you understand more about Co-Impart Sourcing.
Here is a chart from doTERRA’s 2014 convention showing where they source all their essential oils from:
You can read a lot more about Co-Impact Sourcing on doTERRA’s Blog.