Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Alaffia Coconut Cooperative - Processing Unit4 stars

Place, CountryKlouvi-Donnou, Togo


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
Hired Labour
ChapterContent of the For Life - Corporate Social Responsibility ProgrammeNormRating
2.1.1No Forced Labour1212
2.1.2Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining3031
2.1.3No Child Labour and Protection of Young Workers22
2.1.4Transparent and Human Disciplinary Practices1012
2.1.5Equal Treatment and Opportunities1416
2.1.6Health and Safety5449
2.2.1Contracts and Good Relation between Employer and Workforce1415
2.2.3Social Security and Social Benefits2427
2.2.4Working Hours and Paid Leave3237
2.2.5Regular Employment129
2.3.1Commitment and Management of Social Responsibility1415
2.3.2Community Relations617
2.3.3Respecting Rights of Indigenous and Local Peoples66
2.3.4Animal Rights66
2.5.1Accountable Trade Relations with Buyers1215
2.5.2Fair Trade Policy and Worker Empowerment87
2.5.3Fair Trade Pricing1415
2.5.4Fair Trade Development Premium Administration and Use1819
Total Score Hired Labour336
Points Reached Last Year (Hired Labour): 335
Environmental Criteria
ChapterContent of the IMO Environmental ProgrammeNormRating
2.4.1Water Conservation and Water/Air Polution1211
2.4.2Energy Management and Climate Change810
2.4.3Ecosystem Management1213
2.4.4Waste Management66
Total Score Environmental Criteria40
Points Reached Last Year (Environmental Criteria): 44
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
Percentage108 %

Date of Certification
Last Update28.03.2017

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