Our vision is one of living landscapes where farmers and communities prosper within regenerated ecosystems. Every crop we grow, or source is embedded in a broader, complex, and delicate ecosystem. Changes to one factor to produce a positive outcome can have negative impacts on other areas, so we must take a holistic and informed approach. The challenge is made even greater because many of the crops are sourced from third-parties.
With such a fine balancing act, it’s important to have a clear programme of activities and a consistent approach. We work with farming communities to explain the importance of protecting the ecosystems on which they rely, and train groups on the best approach to maintaining aspects such as soil health, optimising inputs, and protecting native species of flora and fauna. Read about some of our initiatives in our latest annual report.
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 seek partnerships with other organisations to encourage farmers' responsible land use and provide training on use of pesticides.
During 2021, our wood business in the Republic of Congo renewed its agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Ministry of Forest Economy, to safeguard wildlife around the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park as part of an ecosystem protection project. As a result of the programme over 150 arrests were made in relation to trafficking
During the past year, Olam Palm Gabon became fully RSPO-certified. This milestone underlines our focus on being the leading certified producer of palm oil in Africa and our commitment to protecting 99,000 ha of High Conservation Value land. The elimination of commercial hunting has led to routine sightings of endangered species such as gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants.
We continue to review our own operations and supply chain, to make positive changes. However, we cannot make the level of change required alone. We are active in a number of sector-wide initiatives and are collaborating with customers to help them mitigate their environmental impacts.