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

Place, CountrySokode, Togo


Certified Productsshea nuts, shea butter, shea leaves, soap black, soap coconut, soap whitefair 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 Bargaining3029
2.1.3No Child Labour and Protection of Young Workers22
2.1.4Transparent and Human Disciplinary Practices1011
2.1.5Equal Treatment and Opportunities1413
2.1.6Health and Safety5448
2.2.1Contracts and Good Relation between Employer and Workforce1414
2.2.3Social Security and Social Benefits2428
2.2.4Working Hours and Paid Leave3233
2.2.5Regular Employment1212
2.3.1Commitment and Management of Social Responsibility1415
2.3.2Community Relations613
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 Empowerment88
2.5.3Fair Trade Pricing1419
2.5.4Fair Trade Development Premium Administration and Use1822
Total Score Hired Labour327
Points Reached Last Year (Hired Labour): 325
Environmental Criteria
ChapterContent of the IMO Environmental ProgrammeNormRating
2.4.1Water Conservation and Water/Air Polution1212
2.4.2Energy Management and Climate Change89
2.4.3Ecosystem Management66
2.4.4Waste Management66
Total Score Environmental Criteria33
Points Reached Last Year (Environmental Criteria): 46
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
Percentage105 %

Date of Certification
Last Update28.04.2017

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