Our Communities

As the largest private-sector employer in Cameroon, more than 40,000 individuals depend on our success. We recognise our responsibility as a modern employer to work alongside the local communities and identify new opportunities for education, empowerment and socio-economic development.

Our Communities

Daily necessities and community infrastructure is provided and maintained across our plantations. In Cameroon, this includes:

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individuals provided with housing
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children educated in 58 schools
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children edutcated in 58 schools

Facilities, equipment and tournaments for sport – e.g. swimming lessons, football, tennis, judo, basketball, volleyball.

Internal and external training sessions on occupational health and safety.

Cameroon Outgrower Programme

13,000 smallholder farmers will be equipped with the education and financing to develop 27,000ha of sustainable farms. Degraded land will be reforested with rubber trees and crops, producing up to 39,000 mT of traceable smallholder rubber annually.

Social Action Plan

This 5-year programme supports the socio-economic development of over 40 local and indigenous communities neighbouring our Cameroon plantations. Community consultations and the resultant initiatives are also implemented by local NGOs, APIFED and APED. Focus areas include: funding, agriculture, education, health, access to drinking water, and the preservation of the indigenous Baka culture.

So far the initiatives have included the coverage of school fees, healthcare campaigns, the construction of boreholes, funding for the protection of 60,000 ha of forest, and direct investment into the indigenous Baka and Bagyeli communities.

SUSTAINABLE SOURCING & FSC

We strive to ensure that the products delivered to our customers originate from sources where it is sustainably and responsibly cultivated, harvested and processed. This is promoted by our sustainability policies, developed in partnership with Rainforest Alliance and Mighty Earth.

We also connect our customers to FSC-certified product and provide support in building FSC supply chains, ensuring positive community relations and workers’ rights.

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