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Sustainable supply chain approach

Since its creation, OLVEA Burkina Faso has developed a sustainable supply chain approach. This approach relies on transparent and longterm relations with women’s cooperatives. This partnership is embodied by a memorandum of understanding, the terms of which express mutual participation. This approach allows us to improve and control the supply chain for both organic and conventional Shea kernels.

The objectives of this approach are:
 Fair, transparent and guaranteed remuneration for the women who are members of the cooperatives.
 Control of the quality of kernels:
     o through training of women in best practices in kernel processing,
     o through training of cooperative managers in quality control,
     o through a unique and innovative quality tool: each incoming batch is analyzed by the OLVEA Burkina Faso’s laboratory for moisture, impurities, fat content and acidity. If the quality complies with the terms of the memorandum of understanding, OLVEA Burkina Faso pays a premium directly to the women’s cooperative.
 Total and unique traceability:
     o from the supply of kernels from women in the villages to the butter delivered to OLVEA Vegetable Oils,
     o compliance with the requirements of our international customers and applicable European regulations.
 The rural economic development: creation of jobs and guaranteed commercial outlets for women’s cooperatives.
Compliance with the memorandum of understanding, achieved through in-the-field and close day-to-day work between OLVEA Burkina Faso and cooperatives.

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.