Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Alaffia Shea Butter Cooperative - Collector Group Sokode4 stars

Place, CountrySokode, Togo

Contactwww.alaffia.com

Certified Productsshea nuts, shea butter, shea leaves, soap black, soap coconut, soap whitefair for life logo
Certification ProgrammeFair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
Wild Collection
ChapterContent of the Fair for Life - Social & Fair Trade ProgrammeNormRating
6.1.1Transparent Adminstration and Relations with Producers1617
6.1.2Pricing and Producer Payments1418
6.1.3Non-Discrimination and Gender Aspects1216
6.1.4Internal Control System2218
6.2.1Child Labour and Young Workers in the Collection Process1010
6.2.2Working Conditions in Collection65
6.4.1Commitment to and Management of Social Responsibility108
6.4.2Community Relations810
6.4.3Respecting Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities1616
6.5.1Internal Monitoring of Environmental Aspects44
6.5.2Environmental Aspects of Collection2220
6.6.1Fair Trade Policy and Collector Empowerment810
6.6.2Fair Trade Pricing1621
6.6.3Fair Trade Development Premium Administration and Use1619
6.6.4Accountable Trade Relations to Buyers1215
Total Score Wild Collection207
Points Reached Last Year (Wild Collection): 262
Social Impact
Social Impact & Special AchievementsThe 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, we 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.
Use of Fair Trade PremiumThe 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
Percentage108 %

Date of Certification
First24.11.2009
Last Update28.04.2017

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