We procure our raw waxes from around the world. We care about our relationship with our suppliers and commit ourselves to sustainable production. We take responsibility for environmental-, human rights-, employment- and social standards in the supply chain. We are working to identify and evaluate ecological and social risks, negative effects and developmental potential along the supply chain. Our Ethical Purchase Policy allows us to ensure that our suppliers are also qualified to uphold our standards.
As a member of the Initiative for Responsible Carnauba (IRC) founded in 2018, KahlWax pursues the goal of overcoming the social and biodiversity problems of the carnauba value added chain.
A large portion of carnauba production takes place in the northeast region of Brazil, in Piauí and Ceará, which belong to the poorest regions of Brazil. The country suffers under difficult conditions and the inadequate management of the local habitat. The IRC promotes collaboration for human rights and biodiversity practices in the carnauba value chain in Brazil, in line with the requirements of the 'Union for Ethical Biotrade' (UEBT). The goal is to help carnauba processing companies improve the working and living conditions of workers. In addition to KahlWax, Brazilian as well as international stakeholders, the government and civil society institutions, among others, are part of the project, and must all adhere to certain commitments, such as not being listed on the Brazilian government's slave labor company prosecution list, providing traceability, or annual third-party audits.
We only source carnauba wax from suppliers that are also participants in the IRC as well as members of the Union for Ethical Biotrade.
In Uganda, we support a Self Help Africa NGO project called MORE (Market Oriented Rural Enterprise). Currently, approximately 1.5 million households in Uganda derive their income from beekeeping, in that they harvest various products such as honey, propolis and beeswax. This project focuses on changing the lives of 2,000 small farmers and increasing income. They should benefit from improved skills and access to reliable markets to offer competitive prices for their products. Among others, the project will also support the commercial goal set by the Danish company, Swienty A/S, and the Ugandan company Golden Bees Ltd. in order to increase the quantity, quality and traceability of honey and wax from Uganda.
For more information visit Self Help Africa.
KahlWax is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which promotes sustainable cultivation methods for palm oil and thus to limit environmental damage. Producers are examined during the RSPO certification to ensure that palm oil is being produced in correspondence with these criteria. We are certified according to the Mass Balance supply chain system model.