President of Colombia visits Soapworks

Posted 10th November 2021

President Duque with Staff

In November, the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, Colombian Ambassador in the UK, Antonia Jose Ardila and Colin Martin-Reynolds, Colombian Ambassador for the UK visited the Glasgow headquarters of Soapworks.

President Duque was in Glasgow for the COP26 Climate Summit, and visited Soapworks to celebrate the company’s strong links with Colombia, its investment in sustainable manufacturing and use of certified sustainable Colombian palm oil.

Soapworks is part of the Colombian owned Daabon Group, who are global leaders in the supply of organic, certified sustainable palm oil.

Investing in the future

The large delegation also included senior representatives from the Colombian Embassy who were shown round the factory to see first-hand how responsibly sourced Colombian palm oil is being used to improve the sustainability credentials of the beauty and personal care sector.

Following the tour, the President cut the ribbon on new manufacturing machinery that will enable Soapworks to expand production, innovate new sustainable products and provide 100% plastic-free and recyclable packaging options for customers worldwide.

The visit finished with a presentation about Soapworks and its vertically integrated supply chain – showcasing the traceability and sustainability of its Colombian RSPO certified palm oil, and the journey it takes from soil to market.

 Jan Wels, Managing Director at Soapworks, said:

“It was a huge honour to welcome President Duque and our esteemed Colombian guests to Soapworks and showcase how we’re using Daabon’s responsibly sourced palm to create exciting, sustainable bar soap and personal care products that not only work – but are kinder to the planet.”

The visit follows a promise made by more than 100 leaders at COP26, including President Duque, to end and reverse deforestation by 2030.

As part of its ongoing programme of sustainable development, the Daabon Group has invested heavily in advanced new plant machinery at the Soapworks factory in Glasgow.

This includes a brand-new synthetic bar production line for facial cleansing bars and solid format hair care and the purchase of an industry leading pilot innovation line for new product development.

This significant investment program is part of a wider campaign to improve the sustainability of the beauty industry, as Soapworks supports the growing trend of consumers and brands going “back to bar” – switching from liquid based personal care to solid format to help eliminate unnecessary plastic and cut waste.

President Duque

“It was a huge honour to welcome President Duque and our esteemed Colombian guests to Soapworks and showcase how we’re using Daabon’s responsibly sourced palm to create exciting, sustainable bar soap and personal care products that not only work – but are kinder to the planet.”