Does Aesop practise ethical and responsible sourcing?

Procurement at Aesop involves a commitment to nurturing the people, communities and environments that support each part of our supply chain. Along with quality and safety, we uphold an ongoing core commitment to sourcing products through ethical and sustainable methods, and partnering with the most reputable suppliers across the globe.   

Our Ethical Sourcing Programme aims to ensure that our suppliers use environmentally responsible processes and effect safe working conditions for all workers, treating them equitably with dignity and respect 

The Programme includes a supplier Code of Conduct, Ethical Sourcing Policy, regular supplier visits, risk assessments of our suppliers using Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) and SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA 4-pillars audit) for medium and high-risk suppliers.   

We engage independent third-party auditors to complete SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA 4-pillars audit) of high and medium risk suppliers.  

Although not without its challenges, we are continuously improving our practices as honestly and transparently as we can.   

One such supplier with whom we are proud to partner  is Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils (DSO). Based in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, DSO is a sandalwood sil distillation company forged by an equal partnership between Dutjahn Custodians, Kutkabbuba Aboriginal Corporation and the founder of WA Sandalwood Plantations. DSO is owned and controlled by traditional Indigenous communities. They have a unique approach to harvesting sandalwood sil, with sustainable development at the heart of their business model.  

We began partnering with DSO in 2018, after searching diligently for sandalwood sil that met our required scent profile, passed our vigorous quality metrics, and allowed for improved visibility of the production and supply process. Our trusted partnership with DSO has been developed with the intention that it be long-term, based on our shared values and commitment to positive social, economic and environmental development. 


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