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OLVEA Burkina Faso, member of the Global Shea Alliance, is driven by the will to conduct its activity with a commitment to sustainable development and the minimalization of the  ecological impact of its production. This will is given concrete form by OLVEA Burkina Faso’s CSR Policy, as well as its UEBT membership (Union for Ethical BioTrade), since 2013. In  2015, OLVEA Burkina Faso became a responsible operator with the“Mastery” level of responsible performance according to the ESR (Fairness, Solidarity and Responsibility) standard of  Ecocert.

A win-win relationship

- Memorandum of understanding expressing the mutual participation between OLVEA Burkina Faso and each women’s cooperative with the emphasis on a long-term outlook.
- Training of cooperatives: in compliance with good practices concerning the processing of Shea kernels and within the terms of the memorandum of understanding.
- A source of additional income at improved rates for thousands of women: higher-than-market minimum price and perception of a quality bonus.
- Creation of added value for Burkina Faso: all the kernels bought by OLVEA Burkina Faso are processed into butter directly at its industrial plant in Burkina Faso.
- Promotion of cooperatives’ awareness of Shea processing, a shared resource essential to local development.
- Project of providing improved cookstoves (for scalding nuts) and carts (for transport) to the producers in order to improve their comfort.

Acting as a responsible employer

- Creation of many direct, sustainable jobs in compliance with local labour legislation.
- Work safety: health and safety committee, specific provision of equipment (shoes, helmets, etc.), complete fire safety equipment.
- Ongoing training of employees: technical (in-service training with specialized local institutions), fire, hygiene, safety, IT.
- Social security, bank account, refunding of medical expenses, creation of a mutual fund for employees.

Reducing our ecological footprint

- Assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by OLVEA Burkina Faso Shea production in 2011: 100% of its Shea production is carbon offest
- Continued reduction of our Carbon Footprint, in cooperation with our technical partners.
- Maximizing energy self-sufficiency of the production process, notably by using Shea cake to fuel the boiler.
- A production process that does not use water.
- Location of the production unit in the heart of the Shea gathering area.
- Optimization of logistics: local supplies of Shea kernels and rail/sea link for exported butter.
- Promotion of cooperatives’ awareness of environmental protection and good management of natural resources.
- Introduction of actions for protection of the resource and replanting of Shea trees.
- Recycling of Shea cake (a co-product of butter production) to replace wood for domestic burning and as agricultural input (plant coverage, compost).