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18th May, 2020
Olam Cocoa donates food and medical supplies to help farming communities across Africa fight Covid-19
Olam Cocoa?has announced a?package of support?to provide?personal protective equipment (PPE)?and?important?medical supplies to?cocoa farming?communities tackling COVID-19?across?Central and?West Africa.?Farming cooperatives, hospitals and?health?centres will receive?much-needed equipment?including face masks,?surgical?gloves, hand sanitiser,?thermometers?and hands-free?washing stations.
Vulnerable communities will also receive food parcels to help cocoa farming families who are struggling with the rising price of basic food staples as a result of the pandemic. In Nigeria,?where the cost of some staples has almost doubled during the crisis,?Olam Cocoa?has already distributed?9,600 boxes of food, each?box?providing enough meals to feed a family of four for three days.
This package of support includes:
99,500?masks for health wor
Olam achieves FSC certification for 100% of its natural forest concessions in the Republic of Congo
Global food and agri-business Olam International has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its Mimbeli-Ibenga forestry concession, which means all of the natural forest concessions of its subsidiary, CIB-Olam in the Republic of Congo are now 100% FSC? certified.
The Mimbeli-Ibenga concession, which covers 650,000 hectares, is CIB-Olam’s fourth FSC? certified concession in the Republic of Congo, and brings the total area of natural forest being sustainably and responsibly managed by CIB-Olam in the country to 2.9 million hectares.
“We are proud to have achieved this milestone of becoming FSC certified for all of our operations in the Republic of Congo. Sustainable and responsible forestry has always been central to our approach and this certification underscores our commitment to continue to implement sustainable practices that respect local communities and protect biodiversity in the region”, said Darshan Raiyani, Senior Vice President and Head of Olam
Olam Indonesia ramps up COVID-19 support; continues buying from farmers and donates to communities and healthcare workers
Olam Indonesia continues to ramp up support for its stakeholders, especially farmers and frontline healthcare workers, amid the COVID-19 crisis.
As a leading food and agri-business in the country, especially in cocoa and coffee, Olam Indonesia has grown over the past 25 years into a major employer and partner to communities, helping deliver the government’s rural development agenda.
Olam continues to pledge to safeguard the livelihoods of its sourcing network of 393,000 farmers by continuing to buy from them, while ensuring their health and safety.
Ramakrishna Prasad, Senior Vice President & Country Head, Olam Indonesia said;
“Our commitment to grow with our communities has never been more crucial than it is now, as we face the COVID-19 crisis together. Consistent with our corporate focus on promoting thriving agricultural communities, we are now leveraging our networks and expertise to deliver health advice, supplies and equipment to help affected stakeholders. In t
Working together to put children first in C?te d’Ivoire
Despite significant progress, child labour still occurs in the cocoa supply chain, often as a result of social and economic challenges like migration, poverty or lack of infrastructure. If there is no school nearby or parents cannot afford school fees, children can be kept at home to work on family farms and support household incomes.
Addressing these challenges requires collective action at the individual, community and national level. That is why we are partnering with the Ivorian government, key chocolate manufacturers, cocoa processors and the Jacobs Foundation in a new initiative to promote effective learning at scale in C?te d’Ivoire and tackle the root causes of child labour.
Together, we are funding the Child Learning and Educational Facility (CLEF), which aims to provide quality education for five million children and positively impact the behaviour of 10 million parents in cocoa growing communities by 2030. It will do this through measures including the construction of 2,50
Earth Day 2020: A time to reimagine a sustainable future
The first World Earth Day 50 years ago saw 20 million people protesting in cities around the world; launching the modern environmental movement. Today, it comes during a pandemic that has thrown the global economy into disarray, but in our ‘covid-ised’ state should remind us that greater threats to the planet – climate change and the global biodiversity crisis – have not gone away. This is surely time to reassess our priorities for the post-Covid world.
COVID-19 lockdowns around the world have already had a huge human cost, but they have also had an immediate and visible environmental impact, clearing the air and water in places that were experiencing chronic pollution from industrial activity and dirty vehicles, and allowing wild creatures to roam in places once bustling with human activity. The crisis has virtually grounded the global fleet of commercial passenger planes, which contribute 3-4% of global warming effects, and there will be a noticeable blip in the global GHG emissions