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‘Indigenous equity’ key to success

A Kalgoorlie-Boulder business was recognised for its excellence as an upcoming exporter at a national level on Tuesday night.

In just under a year, Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils has won the Emerging Exporter award at the State awards, and this week took out the national Emerging Exporter award in Canberra.

The company produces sandalwood oils for the international perfume market, exporting to the top-five luxury perfume contract compounders in France, Switzerland, and the US.

The business is a joint venture, with 50 per cent ownership by WA Sandalwood Plantations and 50 per cent by Aboriginal traditional owners.

Company director Keith Drage said the key to their success has been the marriage of their sustainable sourcing practices and their relationship with the indigenous culture.

“Our 50-50 partnership really brings the indigenous equity into the supply chain, which might not necessarily be important to everyone but it is key for the brands in Europe,” he said.

“They want to see equitable reputation right through to the original suppliers.”

The business took out the award against six other businesses from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

“We’re absolutely delighted for our first year to take out not just the WA award but the national award as well,” Mr Drage said.

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