Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Alaffia Coconut Cooperative - Producer Group5 stars

Place, CountryKlouvi-Donnou, Togo

Contactwww.alaffia.com

Certified Productscoconut oil virgin, coconut water, palm kernel oil virgin, palm oil red, coconuts, palm fruitfair for life logo
Certification ProgrammeFair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
Group Operation
ChapterContent of the For Life - Corporate Social Responsibility ProgrammeNormRating
3.1.1Transparent Adminstration and Relation with Producers2428
3.1.2Pricing and Producer Payments1615
3.1.3Non-discrimination and Gender Aspects1216
3.1.4Internal Control System2422
3.2.1Child Labour and Young Workers on Producer Farms810
3.2.2Working Conditions on Producer Farms2020
3.4.1Commitment to and Management of Social Responsibility87
3.4.2Community Relations614
3.4.3Respecting Rights of Indigenous and Local Peoples44
3.6.1Fair Trade Policy and Producer Empowerment810
3.6.2Fair Trade Pricing1618
3.6.3Fair Trade Development Premium Administration and Use1818
3.6.4Accountable Trade Relations to Buyers1620
Total Score Group Operation202
Points Reached Last Year (Group Operation): 216
Environmental Criteria
ChapterContent of the IMO Environmental ProgrammeNormRating
3.5.1Internal Monitoring of Environmental Aspects44
3.5.2Environmental Performance of Producers2424
Total Score Environmental Criteria28
Points Reached Last Year (Environmental Criteria): 28
Social Impact
Social Impact & Special AchievementsThey have pledged a FT premium of 15 % on all coconut oil, palm kernel and red palm oil purchases. This is indicated on commercial invoices, to make the amount for FFL premium clear to everyone immediately. This 15 % amount is deposited into a separate account for their community project. However, they will continue to spend much, much more on their projects than this amount – both in Togo, and here in the USA for all the collection, shipping and preparations for the projects, such as their bicycles for education project. While they fully understand that a democratic committee is the ideal way for FFL premium allocation, it is impossible in their case. Corruption and embezzlement is ingrained in their society, and they cannot afford to lose any funds intended for projects. Most importantly, the on-going projects that they have require way more funds than FFL premium would provide on its own. They are not at the stage anymore to start new projects. It is more critical for their communities to maintain their existing projects. Furthermore, there is need for extreme delicacy in their relationship with different ethnic groups, villages, government authorities and communities. For example, in central Togo, they have increasing pressure from other ethnic groups to establish a traditional processing cooperative in their communities. This is not possible for them, and to prevent ethnic friction, they can conduct a community project in their areas. But, if in Togo, they put a democratic committee process in place, it is clear that those on the committee would not allocate funds to a community that is not part of their ethnic groups or collector group. Alaffia is truly about uplifting all communities, and not just communities.
Use of Fair Trade PremiumSee Social and Fair Trade History and Social and Fair Trade Policy documents for details on how projects came about and are administered. Representatives from management, office administration, workers and collector groups are all involved in the projects.

Reached percentage of the applicable Total Norm Points for the overall performance
Percentage111 %

Date of Certification
First04.04.2012
Last Update28.03.2017

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