Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Agbanga Karite SARL (former Alaffia Shea Butter Cooperative)4 stars

Place, CountrySokode, Togo


Certified Productsshea butter, shea nuts, shea nut residues, shea leaves, soap black, soap coconut, soap whitefair for life logo
Certification ProgrammeFair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
New modules
ChapterContent of the Fair For Life - Social & Fair Trade ProgrammeMaximumRating
1Core Principles and Values109
2Commitment to and Management of Fair Trade Policy248
3Respect of Human Rights and Decent Working Conditions252155
4Respect of the Environment10746
5Local Development and Community Relations1611
6Trading and Supply chain relations6333
8Traceability, Transparency and Respect of the Consumer2518
9Managing Certification and Performance4622
Total Score New modules338
Certification for fair trade and responsible supply chains
Impact, special achievements & commitmentsThe main target groups for Fair Trade within their organization are the same groups they target for employment. The Fulani ethnic group is generally underrepresented in all formal sectors – employment, education, government spending, non-government aid. Therefore, Fulani villages are targeted to receive community projects.
However, they do not limit their projects to the Fulani ethnic group. In fact, they make a concerted effort to include as many ethnic groups as possible in their various community projects.
In addition, they target women, as they are underrepresented in much the same way in that they are also excluded from the various formal sectors, especially if they are illiterate. Poverty and illiteracy are two major factors for the high maternal death rate in their community, for example. Their other major target group is students. In rural Togo, the dropout rate is incredibly high. Children face many obstacles in obtaining an education, but many of these can be overcome relatively simply. They have several projects aimed at encouraging and aiding students to stay in school.
See their Social and Fair Trade History document and Social and Fair Trade Policy for further information on their target organizations and how they distribute their 'premium' to their communities.
The organization was set up to empower women, combat poverty. Expenditures far exceed fair trade premium standards. Empowerment projects began in 2003. For instance, the collection/shipping of used bicycles from the US, distribution to communities beyond those that participate in the cooperative and shea nut collection shows a significant impact on dropout rates. Projects to foster maternal health, provide school materials, help with reforestation are financed with premium money.

Reached percentage of the applicable Total Norm Points for the overall performance
Percentage61 %

Date of Certification
Last Update04.05.2018

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