"Femmes en résistance" Exhibition

Last May, the exhibition "Femmes en résistance", organized by the association “Femmes d’ici et d’ailleurs” and partially financed by the Philanthropic Fund of the OLVEA Group, was set up in Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.

This exhibition shows around twenty photoreports produced since 1998 in 20 countries by Pierre-Yves Ginet, a French photojournalist.
His work honors the struggles, contributions but also sacrifices of women working for peace, survival, dignity, democracy, equality and justice.

Inauguration of OLVEA's new plant

In order to better meet the growing demands of the international cosmetics market, OLVEA Burkina Faso has built a new factory in Bobo Dioulasso.

This new agro-industrial processing unit was inaugurated Tuesday, April 19, 2016,  in the presence of Stéphane Sanou, Minister of Trade, Industry and Handicrafts, representing the President of Burkina Faso, as well as ambassadors from France and the European Union, and technical and financial partners of OLVEA.

The special feature of this innovative industrial site is its eco-conception, respectful of the local environment. Through researches conducted with different Burkinabe actors (2iE, CIRAD, CIRDES, CISM, ENEF ...), the plant benefits from many innovations: photovoltaic panels covering 20% of the energy used by the plant, bioclimatic architecture, use of local materials, innovative treatment of the Shea kernels, biomass boiler fueled by Shea cakes... The new technical and technological tools of this plant have also created 20 new direct jobs, and enabled the current staff a rise in skills and qualifications.

The production process, flexible and semi-automated, allows the implementation of new production lines. Thus, OLVEA will develop new agricultural supply chains and always offer more ingredients to the cosmetics and food industries.

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Development of a beeswax supply chain

Late March, OLVEA Burkina Faso signed a partnership to promote beekeeping with ICCO (Dutch NGO) and USAID Mali (US Agency for International Development). OLVEA Burkina Faso and ICCO are working together since 2010 in order to develop sustainable supply chains that benefit local producers.

This partnership aims to stimulate entrepreneurship of the women producers in Mali by providing them a secure market and by training them to the production of a new raw material: the beeswax, honey coproduct. Over a period of 2 years, the contract foresees a production of 20 tons of beeswax.

This supply chain will diversify the income of 3,000 women producers (already producing Shea) but also increase pollination, a major environmental issue of this century. In the mean time, a study will be conducted on the benefits of this pollination for the Shea production.

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OLVEA Burkina Faso’s honour

During the 55th anniversary of Burkina Faso’s independence early December, OLVEA Burkina Faso has been honored. The Burkinabe subsidiary of the OLVEA Group has indeed been knighted the Order of Merit of Rural Development, in the 'ENVIRONMENT' category, for its services to the nation through its work carried out in forest management groups and its commitment to ensuring an eco-friendly supply.

OLVEA Burkina Faso is the Shea butter production unit of OLVEA Vegetable Oils. Discover its sustainable commitments in the video of its supply chain!
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From left to right: Christophe Godard, Supply Chain and Quality Manager of OLVEA Burkina Faso, Sergue Guebre, Supply Chains Coordinators of OLVEA Burkina Faso, and Mrs Aminata Millogo, Burkina Faso’s Provincial Director of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change.

ESR attestation by Ecocert

OLVEA Burkina Faso, the Shea butter production unit of OLVEA Vegetable Oils, became a responsible operator with the "Mastery" level of responsible performance according to the ESR standard (Fairness, Solidarity and Responsibility) of Ecocert.

This standard defines various criteria (social, economic and environmental) through seven axes. These key themes are inspired by the ISO 26000 standard recommendation: organizational governance, human rights, employment relations and working conditions, environment, good business practices, consumer and social commitment.

These topics are in accordance with the sustainable supply chain approach adopted by OLVEA Burkina Faso for several years, which has become a UEBT member (Union for Ethical BioTrade) since 2013.

Thus, OLVEA Burkina Faso now produces a fair Shea Butter certified by Ecocert, in addition to its conventional, organic and sustainable butters.

To discover the sustainable supply chain of OLVEA Burkina Faso, watch the movie!