Doing the right thing for the long term naturally includes doing the right thing both for the environment and for the communities that live on and around our operations.

We believe the success of our operations is bound up with the success of smallholders operating alongside us. Their success is vital to our success by fostering strong support for what we do in the local communities.

On the plantations, we make sure everybody who works for us has access to medical care either in a local hospital or in clinics and medical centres we build and staff. We provide crêches to care for workers’ children as well as build and staff nursery schools. For primary and secondary schools, we either provide buildings or organise buses to transport students to the nearest government schools.

Our managers get to know the village heads of the communities where we operate and maintain an open dialogue with them on any issues that affect their communities. In this way we support ILO Convention 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.

In its dealings with employees, smallholder co-operatives, independent smallholders or peoples living in and around its projects, the Group seeks to respect the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Human Rights, notably the Articles relating to employment, working hours, standard of living and education. It also endorses the United Nations conventions on the elimination of racial discrimination (ICERD) and discrimination against women (CEDAW) as well as the United Nations covenant on economic, social and cultural rights (ICESCR), notably in respect of labour rights and the right to health, education, and an adequate standard of living.