In our world, having a socially responsible positive impact is just as important as making great natural skincare products. We’ve always supported our local communities and causes we believe in, from donating product for a kindergarten fundraiser, to supporting wildlife habitat preservation, to the empowerment of women at a local and global level.
In 2015, we made a social investment with one of our major rosehip seed oil suppliers based in Lesotho. This company has deep ties in its local communities, where they introduced us to Mants’ase Children’s Home. In 2017 we launched a giveback initiative that sees Trilogy working year-on-year to raise much-needed funds for the ongoing running costs of the home, such as electricity and staff wages. These were highlighted as areas that required the most immediate help and support. We are honoured to be able to continue to support Mants’ase Children’s Home for the second year and continue building a meaningful business, significantly with the country that gives so much to us.
We've worked with So They Can for four years to help fund the build of schools and homes, providing employment and education for women and children. So They Can is a non-profit organisation which invests in areas in severe need in Kenya and Tanzania. Focusing on educating children and supporting women towards self-sufficiency, the organisation works towards long-term poverty alleviation – not through hand-outs, but through sustainable enterprise. In 2014 and 2015 we created limited edition natural perfumes, Jua and then Raha, which were made from hand-harvested sunflower oil from one of So They Can social business projects. For every perfume we sold, we donated NZ$2 to So They Can.
Certified organic rosehip seed oil is the flagship of our brand and we made a social investment which supports the people in Lesotho who produce it. We bought a state-of-the-art oil press to help our supplier there expand his business. It means he can press more rosehip seeds, which means he can buy more rosehip fruit from the isolated harvesting communities that rely on the income from their labour. Our supplier will pay back the cost of the press over three years, at which point ownership will be transferred to his business. It’s social responsibility terms, it’s called ‘impact investing’.
We are very proud to be an Empowerment Partner of UN Women New Zealand and to support its work to end violence against women and girls in the Pacific. As a signatory to the global United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles, we’re committed to providing a workplace and culture that supports and values women and men equally. With a team that’s 85% female, it’s an issue that’s very close to our hearts.
The preservation of endangered orangutan habitats is a long-term passion for us. For six years, we’ve worked to raise funds and awareness for the Orangutan Protection Foundation, which supports the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. The largest primate rescue and rehabilitation organisation in the world today, BOS has nearly 4,000 orangutans under its protection. That equates to 10% of the world's remaining population. We’ve donated over $60,000 to date to help their work.
Illustration courtesy of Wildlife Conservationist and Artist, Nathan Ferlazzo