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Corporate responsibility and sustainability have always played an important role in Progıda’s and Olam’s business strategy and we play an active role in relevant European and Turkish associations.

The business is certified according ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 and participates in Sedex as a B Member. Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a membership organisation for businesses committed to continous improvement of the ethical performance of their supply chains.

Working to improve labour conditions

400,000 farmers in Turkey grow 70% of the world’s hazelnuts. At harvest, farmers rely on a migrant workforce estimated as high as 1.5 million people. This brings challenges, including child labour and issues around wages and hours. Olam Progida works with customers, competitors and the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to improve working conditions with assessment reports published on the FLA’s website. Through the Olam Livelihood Charter programmes Olam also helps farmers improve yields and quality, which in turn can boost labour wages through improved incomes.

Watch the videos from the FLA here:

Please click here for more information concerning cashew in the Olam Livelihood Charter 2016 initiatives. For more information about sustainability across all of our products, click here.

Meet the farmers behind Olam’s hazelnuts and find out more about driving sustainability in the supply chain through our interactive, featured in the Guardian’s Know Your Nuts series.