We are one of the leading green coffee origin exporters in the world. This puts us in a good position to leverage our ground strengths to enhance the livelihood of farmers and their families through well-founded sustainability initiatives.
Sourcing Standards and tools
To ensure that we comply with social, environmental, and economic principles Olam has various Sourcing Standards and Tools. Among our smallholder sourcing networks in Asia, Africa, and Latin America we have already supported many farmer groups across several coffee-growing areas, which provide organisational structures that allow small-scale growers to pool resources for better prices, and facilitate delivery of training, establishment of credit systems and distribution of seedlings and agricultural inputs such as fertiliser by Olam and our partners.
The code provides a comprehensive set of conditions to support Olam’s goal to purchase coffee produced in a manner that is socially responsible, economically profitable and environmentally sustainable. By December of 2016, more than 60% of our regular suppliers across origins had signed the code, covering more than 80% of our volume.
Flagship sustainability projects and initiatives gain Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC) status when they address all 8 principles of access to finance, improved yields, labor practices, market access, quality, traceability, social investment and environmental impact. The OLC results in better productivity and returns for farmers and sustainability assured for our clients. In 2016, The OLC and project initiatives reached close to 30,000 coffee farmers across multiple origins. These initiatives are geared to help smallholders increase farm productivity and profitability while enabling us to offer sustainable, traceable and socially responsible coffees from various producing countries.
This code applies to Olam-managed plantations, concessions & farms. All plantations undergo an immediate environmental survey and social mapping of the estates’ surrounding areas and a full ESIA by an independent consultant, which are then incorporated into hydrological and cultivation models to minimise the impact on river ecosystems, conserve biodiversity and rebuild soil health as well as identify opportunities to support surrounding communities.
Olam Coffee works with many certifications/verifications such as 4C, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, FLO, Organic, Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices, AAA Nespresso, among others. A significant amount of the coffee we trade is certified/verified. Recently, our coffee plantations in Africa achieved Rainforest Alliance and UTZ certifications for over 2,500 hectares (ha) of planted Arabica coffee. Our subsidiaries Aviv in Tanzania and the Northern Coffee Corporation Ltd (“NCCL”) in Zambia now meet the growing demand from international specialty coffee customers for single-estate, certified, traceable volumes.
Ultimately, we believe that the most meaningful and impactful social development projects are those that foster a sense of ownership from the communities within our plantations or through the implementation of sustainable projects.
The Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS) has been rolled out for coffee. To date, we have registered more than 13,000 farmers covering over 27,000 hectares. OFIS promotes greater traceability and transparency with our partners, who can have access to their farm base.
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