Mt Romance has been the leading producer of Australian Sandalwood and Sandalwood beauty products for over 10 years. Western Australia is home to over 161-million hectares of the native Sandalwood species Santalum spicatum, making this the largest natural Sandalwood resource in the world.
- To have sustainable resource extraction as well as sustainable business partnerships with local indigenous communities
The Resource and the People:
Mt Romance founder Steve Birkbeck joined indigenous leaders to create the Songman Circle of Wisdom. This program aims to create sustainable business partnerships between companies and communities to share the benefits of producing fragrance ingredients. As part of this program Mount Romance help indigenous harvesters to get government licenses to collect Sandalwood. The wood collected by these groups is then distilled separate to the standard wood supply. Indigenous harvesters are then paid an additional royalty for the oil sold from their wood.
With global partners, a capital fund has been established to assist indigenous communities to finance their involvement in this program. Funds can be advanced to indigenous groups for anything from accommodation to equipment and training. This helps the harvesters to improve their business, offering benefits like more efficient and environmentally-responsible harvesting. This loan can then be paid back interest free from the royalty paid to the indigenous harvesters, allowing funds to be advanced to another applicant.
Their Sandalwood oil is produced using renewable energy. Waste wood products are collected from nearby plantations to fuel our biomass boiler. This is computer controlled to maximize the use of the fuel and minimise the smoke generation, creating a clean burn. Distillation also uses thousands of litres of water. They have introduced a water catchment and recycling facility at their Sandalwood Factory in Albany. By collecting some of the region’s high rainfall and recycling the water after distillation we’re saving 75% on our previous water usage.
- Ethical and organic-certified products which cater to the eco-conscious consumer
- Sustainable Sandalwood harvesting linked to sustainable business partnerships which help support local indigenous communities