Working closely to support the local communities and indigenous people around our forest concessions has been central to CIB since it was established five decades ago. Our investment and support has created employment opportunities, developed essential infrastructure and utilities, built housing, schools and community facilities, as well as improved access to healthcare.
We are one of the largest employers in the north of the Republic of Congo. All of our around 1,200 people in our operations are paid above the country’s minimum salary; for example, entry level workers are paid 9% above the legal minimum wage. Free or subsidised housing, electricity, water and healthcare is also provided. We engage with workers and union representatives regularly.
In line with Olam’s Fair Employment Policy we are committed to providing a workplace where rights of all employees are respected. We do not discriminate recruitment or salaries on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, sexual orientation etc. We are committed ensuring a healthy and safe working environment, and have put in place appropriate processes, equipment and training to support employees to comply with safety requirements.
We maintain open and regular dialogue with the local community and indigenous population, respecting local and cultural traditions, and as set out in our policies (French and English) we are committed to the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). Trees and groves sacred to semi-nomadic groups and indigenous peoples living in our concessions are protected by our staff, while the “BisonaBiso” (“Between Us”) community radio station disseminates information about health, environment and social issues to the local communities and also provides information about our our activities.