Alaffia’s body care and beauty products are created using traditional African materials and fair-trade, sustainable practices. The company directly employs more than 700 women in Togo, and pays salaries equal to more than four times the region’s average family income. Beyond its direct employees, Alaffia also contracts with more than 14,000 female suppliers.
Fifteen percent of Alaffia’s fair trade sales are donated to community projects in Togo to improve the health of mothers and children, improve education, and preserve the environment.
This isn’t the first accolade Alaffia has received as of late. The company’s CEO, Olowo-n’djo Tchala, won a 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in June.
Since 1999, the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence has been presented to American companies that contribute to growth and sustainable development within their local economies. The award has two categories: Women’s Economic Empowerment, which went to Alaffia, and Sustainable Operations, which was awarded to PVH Corp.