Policies must be adhered to across Olam and they are displayed prominently in relevant areas of the business.
In 2015 we updated 3 policies on Health and Safety, Quality and Food Safety, and Environment. We also developed 2 new policies for Human Resources and Communities. These will be signed off in 2016.
The Communities and Social Policy will cover those smallholder communities that are not covered by the Olam Livelihood Charter. These include communities around our plantations and farms, as well as smallholder communities from whom we buy directly. This policy cannot apply to farming communities where we are buying from third parties. Efforts to ensure these communities benefit must be part of a wider multi-stakeholder approach as
Olam alone simply does not have the resources for such scale.
1. Health and Safety
Olam is committed to providing a healthy and safe workplace for our employees, contractors, and visitors. Our ‘zero harm culture’ is delivered through safety leadership and proactive employee participation, and embodied in our Values.
2. Quality and Food Safety
Olam is committed to meeting and exceeding our customer expectations for consistent quality and food safe products through the diligent application of our robust quality and compliance programmes and a ‘right first time’ culture.
3. Environmental Sustainability
Olam is committed to the efficient use of resources, reducing the environmental footprint of our business and increasing the resilience of our business to climate risks.
Product specific policies
The Olam Sustainable Palm Oil Policy was first launched in 2011. In June 2015 it was updated to reflect the expansion of our palm business into trading (2013) and therefore includes a roadmap to sustainable and traceable third party sourcing. In addition to the road-map, we reaffirm our over-arching commitments. It also contains our Commitment to Forest Conservation, and explains how we implement the Olam Sustainable Palm Policy when developing plantations in a highly forested nation such as Gabon.
Image: transporting cashew in Côte d’Ivoire.