Gabon

Olam began operations in Gabon in 1999. Today we have a number of strategic partnerships with the Gabonese Republic which include palm oil, rubber, fertiliser and port logistics as part of a Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ).

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We chose to invest in Gabon due to its political stability, logistical potential, its favourable agri-climate, thriving economy and the synergy of Olam’s objectives with those of the Republic’s ‘Emerging Gabon’ strategy, in particular their commitment to sustainable development. In turn, the Republic of Gabon was keen to develop an agricultural economy of which it has very little (around 60% of food is imported), diversify from fossil fuel exports, create employment and reduce poverty – approximately 33% of people live at or below the poverty line.

Through our investments we are now the country’s largest private sector employer, generating significant employment opportunities in rural areas. The strength of the Olam Gabon’s team lies in our expertise across the various businesses and global diversity across cultures. While we continue to retain some foreign specialists within each business, the number of Gabonese workers continues to rise – we now employ over 9,000 Gabonese people.

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Operations overview

Meet The Team

We employ over 15,000 people across 11 locations

Gagan Gupta President & Country Head, Gabon
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Olam achieves second RSPO certification for palm plantations in Gabon, Central Africa
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Q&A with Euince Ofori, INSEAD MBA Scholar and Olam Scholar 2017-2018
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The Forests Dialogue
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Growing responsibly in Gabon:

We are committed to helping communities to thrive while maintaining healthy eco-systems and living landscapes. Olam Palm Gabon alone has 5 social contracts with over 30 participating villages around our plantations, investing in infrastructure, education, health and recreation facilities. Through the GRAINE project, which is also joint with the Republic of Gabon, we have been stimulating smallholder co-operatives to grow food crops and oil palm.

“With the aim to generate long-term value for smallholder farmers, we have implemented a local-impact strategy in 2 regions well known for their important output of palm oil.”

Gagan Gupta
President & Country Head

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Growing palm oil’s capacity for good

Read the blog post from our Managing Director & CEO Palm & Rubber as he shares his view on the palm oil debate. 

Palm Dashboard

In January 2018, we also launched our Palm Dashboard to chart progress against our roadmap of commitments detailed in the Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

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