In the local language, GOUASSOU means bonus. For the SAIC team it’s a recognition programme for awarding the farmers and cooperatives.
The team knows that there are 2 financial pinchpoints for rubber farmers - in April, when they need fresh tools for tapping, and in September when the new school term starts and fees and books are required. 'Gouassou' supports farmers with relevant materials such as tapping tools and school kits. Awards this year included 2 motorbikes, 3 tricycles, tapping tools and safety boots.
“Our team of rubber experts, sustainability professionals and manufacturing technicians, are committed to growing our business responsibly, ensuring that our profitable growth is ethical, puts environmental stewardship firmly into our decision-making process, and unlocks mutual value for communities.”