Healthy Ecosystems

    We support and encourage biodiversity and effective land use.

    Every crop we grow or source is embedded in a broader, complex and delicate ecosystem in which change to one factor intended to produce a positive outcome can have negative impacts on others; thereby creating biodiversity risks to the smallest bees and the largest apes and elephants. 

    It's made particularly challenging because most of those crops come from third-parties. Our vision is one of living landscapes where farmers and communities prosper within regenerated ecosystems.

    Our Initiatives Include

    • Our sustainability codes and policies intended to reduce ecosystem risk are in line with international standards (FSC, IFC, and RSPO), and – as outlined in the Living Landscapes Policy – seek a net positive impact

    • We ensure our own operations use no more productive land than is absolutely necessary

    • We seek partnerships with other organisations to encourage farmers' responsible land use, and provide training on use of pesticides.

     

    Reporting on Goals and Progress

    We report on the goals and targets in the Natural Capital section of our 2020 Annual Report. Updates include:  

    • How we’re protecting water resources in California

    • How guidance from the Better Bee Society and Xerces Society helps protect pollinators

    • Olam Cocoa’s work with Rainforest Alliance and the government at the grass roots level to educate schoolchildren in Ghana on deforestation

    • How Olam Palm Gabon is monitoring and recording wildlife with WWF Gabon. 

    Other Ways We’re Supporting Healthy Ecosystems

    Protecting Biodiversity

    Managing palm plantations in a biodiversity rich country like Gabon requires extensive efforts to support and safeguard the country’s natural heritage.

    Agroforestry in the Amazon

    Olam Cocoa has formed partnerships to halt deforestation and restore degraded land in the Brazilian state of Pará.

    In Focus with David Morgan

    We speak with the co-director of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Research Project – a research project focusing on the behavioural ecology of chimpanzees and gorillas in the Congo Basin.

    Talk to Us About Sustainability

    We encourage conversation and aim to build connections with those that share our passion for sustainability.

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