About Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils
Jandico are delighted to be entrusted with the exclusive sale for this fantastic product and project. Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils are unique in many ways and will bring to the market a sustainable product with a great story.
Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils (DSO) has emerged as a new, sustainable and community project based supplier of WA Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) and is backed by Dutjahn Custodians, Kutkabbuba Aboriginal Corporation and the founders of W.A. Sandalwood Plantations Pty Ltd.
This special project engages some of the industry’s most experienced professionals with traditional Indigenous desert nomads who are custodians of the “Dutjahn” – the sacred sandalwood tree of the central West Australian desert.
Unique in the sandalwood arenas, Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils Indigenous participants are 50% stakeholders in the distillery, selling their wood to DSO at full market price and are also beneficiaries in the profits the new venture creates. DSO, as 50% Indigenous owned company will also reinvigorate the Indigenous Certification that was pioneered in Western Australia.
Indigenous Certification was first championed by Estée Lauder in 2004 and subsequently by Givaudan in 2006. This led to the UN Bonne Material Transfer Accord 2006 and the creation of the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle in 2008.
In 2017 the Indigenous desert nomads negotiated a large amount of capital injection into their company – Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils from Australia’s largest spicatum sandalwood plantations grower, W.A. Sandalwood Plantations Pty Ltd. This relationship is built on mutual respect and the knowledge that the old wild trees from the desert areas needed to be merged, in production terms, with the new plantation industry for it to be able to continue to offer a consistent and credible long-term supply of sandalawood oil. This will be a new level of security for buyers, brands and perfumers that have not seen this before in the WA sandalwood oil industry.
In addition to the plantation supply and the older wild desert trees (from the 500,000 square kilometre homelands), DSO have also successfully secured 10-year supply agreement with the Government of Western Australia (Forest Products Commission) which includes a A$2,000 per tonne royalty paid by DSO to the K Farmer Dutjahn Foundation to increase Indigenous involvement in the sandalwood supply chain. This is a $2,000,000 Voluntary Industry Levy Contractual Commitment.
Having commissioned a new production facility late 2017, Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils are now in a position to service the market with a premium grade Sandalwood Oil, raising the standards which have been left to fall by other producers.
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