Visionary Soap Company is also very committed to value-added job creation in communities abroad and locally. We have forged innovative manufacturing partnerships with social enterprise training programmes in Africa and our community of Hastings, East Sussex. The production of handcrafted soap presents several opportunities for supporting sustainable development, particularly in places such as Africa. Aside from the natural ingredients involved (often locally sourceable), there is a low barrier to entry in terms of equipment needed, water and energy usage is minimal - highly important in communities where these resources are often scarce - and it provides a relatively safe, holistic working environment for all involved. Production also requires a team effort and plenty of helping hands, thus the potential to create a lot of jobs in marginalised, isolated areas with high unemployment. Our founder is passionate about social justice, the natural environment and enabling people through trade. The cornerstone of our business is fair trade and we take that further by welcoming groups into our supply chain, enabling and entrusting them to produce our Fairtrade certified body care products.
We supply an ever-growing list of independent retailers through various distributors- Essential Trading Cooperative, Suma Wholefoods and Rainbow Wholefoods. Our products are stocked by the likes of Waitrose, Ethical Superstore, Traidcraft, Oxfam GB and Amnesty International. We also have an increasing number of international stockists as more people hear about us and embrace our vision.