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Charter Principles 2015 key facts
1. Finance
  • US$189,655 in long-term financing. Hazelnut farmers require less financing than smallholders in Africa and Asia.
2. Improved yield       
  • 1,907 farmers trained on Good Agricultural Practices
3. Labour practices
  • 1,907 farmers trained on good labour practices, particularlyavoidance of child labour and fair working hours for adults.
  • Mitigation steps include:
    – posters distributed to raise awareness
    – continual monitoring of farms during the harvest
    – invited the FLA to conduct third-party audits and offer remedial actions which are made public
    – established a free hotline to report any labour violations
    – an educational programme has been developed for children of migrant workers by Bilgi University Child Studies Department. This will be delivered with support from university students in villages during the harvest period.
  • In 2015, Olam became a lead partner on the Steering Committee in ‘The Partnership to Prevent Child and Forced Labour in Agricultural Products’. Coordinated by the FLA and funded by the US Department of Labor, this aims to eliminate child labour through a 28-month project that implements the USA Department of Agriculture’s guidelines on labour standards in supply chains.
4. Market access
  • 6,965 tonnes from 4,000 hectares (203% increase on 2014 OLC tonnage bought)
5. Quality
  • Improvement of farming techniques for yield increase for 10,000 farmers
  • Supported a producer union to be organic certified (150 farmers)
6. Traceability
  • 94% of tonnage is traceable
  • 150 farmers are organic certified
7. Social and infrastructure investment
  • Summer school renovation
  • 2 drying units constructed


8. Environmental impact
  • Promoted biological pest management systems for farmers
  • Organised biodiversity training in collaboration with WWF (World Wildlife Fund), including advice on creating biological pest traps and leaving parts of the orchards fallow to encourage biodiversity to flourish.

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