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24th Nov, 2020
Cascara iced tea to traceable cocoa: Olam Food Ingredients demonstrates the art of natural innovation at Fi Connect
Olam Food Ingredients ("OFI"), one of the world's leading providers of cocoa, coffee, nuts, spices and dairy, is showcasing creative ingredients and solutions in its first virtual exhibit launched during Fi Europe Connect, Europe's largest gathering of food and beverage professionals.
Visitors are able to freely navigate through interactive zones on the digital platform to access and engage with rich content on OFI’s portfolio of “on-trend” and healthy products, across categories ranging from snacking to beverages.
With a focus on creative ingredients, showcased products will include deZaan D11MG – Ghana single-origin cocoa powder, anti-oxidant rich cascara (coffee cherry) iced tea, and GardenFrost™, Olam Spices’ proprietary purée line and the most operationally efficient, clean label purée on the market, across multiple product applications.
They can also experience AtSource, Olam's revolutionary insights platform that provides food brands and manufacturers with v
Olam’s AtSource Wins 2020 Reuters Responsible Supply Chain Award
Revolutionary sustainability insights platform showcases how social and environmental risks are being managed and monitored
AtSource, a revolutionary sustainability insights platform developed by global food and agri-business Olam to provide actionable data for manufacturing and retail customers of the third-party supply chains for products like coffee, cocoa, cashew, cotton, and rice, has just won the 2020 Reuters Responsible Supply Chain Award.
The Reuters Responsible Business Awards recognise leading strategies shaping the future of sustainable business. The judging panel, drawn from business, media, NGOs, and academia, said of Olam's winning submission:
“AtSource is a highly innovative and scalable plus well-established model that allows Olam's customers - for the first time – to track the social and environmental footprint of a product from the farmer group, to their factory gate. It uses 150 economic, social and environmental metrics, bringing transparency to what has
Launch of digital initiative will strengthen support and engagement with rural communities in Republic of Congo
Operating in the north of the Republic of the Congo, Congoalise Industrielle des Bois has been present in the region since 1968.
The Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability team of CIB have immense knowledge about the region. Every week they go out on the field to sensitise the communities and indigenous populations on various themes pertaining to health, safety, rights, and family related issues. Earlier this year, we launched Project OKA, where audio related to various topics was recorded in Lingala and Mbengele in questions-answers format, and saved in devices for the communities to listen.
However, there is a human element in these visits that no device or technology can replace. When the members of the social teams return, they report their observations over discussions or emails to the team. This deep understanding of the region is always supported with pictures, videos, audio interviews. However, this fragmentation of the knowledge, and the loss in narrative when the emplo
Does Your Sustainability Reporting Start At The Source?
Sustainability reporting requires a lot of work, and it's only going to get more difficult over time as communities expect more from businesses and businesses demand more from themselves. That's where AtSource comes in, and why it's always getting better. AtSource CEO Roel Van Poppel explains…
The sustainability challenges facing our world and the efforts to meet them are immense. A variety of entities monitor and rate the activities of large businesses, including those in the food and agri-business industries. In fact, because their supply chains touch the farthest, most remote, and often the poorest communities on the planet, much is expected from them concerning how their operations impact and improve health, environmental, financial, and social well-being.
Olam’s ambition to improve smallholder farmer livelihoods cannot be fully achieved without addressing gender equality. A fundamental human right, gender equality is also strongly linked to agricultural productivity and social and economic development. As women, we are personally as well as professionally committed to improving the lives of women every day.
Yet in many rural communities where we work, women have vastly unequal decision-making power, control over use of income, and access to education, finance, land, and inputs. Entrenched social barriers keep them from accessing productive resources and even household decisions. They are often responsible for duties, such as gathering water and laborious food preparation that can involve hours of husking, cleaning, and pounding rice or maize for it to reach the form that wealthier consumers buy off the supermarket shelves. This then limits or denies them time to engage in remunerative activities or attend training on how to improve the
Achieving 100% traceability across our direct global cocoa supply chain
In October we launched Cocoa Compass, our sustainability ambition for the future of cocoa. We set out challenging goals that address the issues facing the sector, from supporting farmers to earn a living income, to putting children first by eliminating child labour and increasing access to education, to protecting forests and mitigating our environmental impact.
These interconnected problems cannot be solved overnight. Delivering transformational change for cocoa communities and landscapes on a global scale depends on achieving certain milestones that anchor us along the way. We have now met the first of these; our goal to have 100% traceability of the cocoa we purchase directly in our global supply chain.
Why is this so important? Because it is crucial in unlocking the answers to eradicating child labour and deforestation. Through a centralised system, we can now trace cocoa on its journey from the cocoa farm or community to one of our ingredient processing facilities across the wor