Since 2016 data on sustainability are an integral part of our yearly report. In the table below you can see all the relevant figures.
In 2017 we focused on wages at our subsidiaries in the South: all employees of gebana should be formally employed and receive statutory social benefits. Additionally, wages should not just be evaluated according to minimum wages but also living wages. The so-called living wage is calculated by independent organisations and reflects a wage that provides enough income for a life in dignity.
Our internal analysis concluded that there was room for improvement in Burkina Faso and Brazil. Furthermore, we noted restrictions for our workers in cashew processing as they were being paid per kg of processed nuts. This way, their effective working hours were not recorded. Accordingly, we first had to install new processes to report working hours correctly. When analysing the data, we noted large wage discrepancies which were eradicated through trainings and pay increases.
In 2018 we continued to focus on improving the wage situation in the South. We managed to achieve this in larger parts, however not completely: In Burkina Faso employees still work too many hours and in Togo not all of the (seasonal) short-time employment contracts are officially reported. Both problems will be addressed in summer 2019.
Another great improvement was made for employees with piece-rate wages: In the future, instead of a monthly wage an hourly wage will serve as a benchmark. This wage will increase significantly and raise to 17% above minimum wage in 2019. For 2020 our goal is to reach 133% of the minimum wage.
The new working hour recording system put in place provides the necessary data for this.
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Smallholders and local producers harvest and refine products of extraordinary quality worldwide. But for many of these producers there is no adequate or stable market. You can buy directly from these producers via the Access to Market Platform and help them to participate in the market. The principle behind this is crowd ordering – a new trade model whereby a number of consumers order a product together so as to achieve a minimum order quantity. We at gebana support the producers with our know-how, and organise the logistics.
Enable someone to make their first export with your order. Please note: Unexpected events often lead to delays, and you may find that the quality is not yet perfect. For this reason, your feedback is absolutely essential. The export experience and your feedback are important steps for the producers towards accessing the market. As a customer, you are witness to the whole process, playing your part in pioneering work.
You can order from these producers simply and directly. You receive your product as soon as the minimum order quantity has been reached and the products are ready. The risk for you is minimal, since the producers already have a product that is ready for market. This sales channel is beneficial to both the producers and the consumers, since it cuts out the middle man.
Be part of the development of supply chains and support innovation! Some of the ways you can do this include testing new products, giving feedback, or financially supporting the producers in their next steps. In doing so, you will be able to see for yourself how the products and supply chains develop.
This is where you can see all the completed projects on the Access to Market Platform at a glance. You can find out where products are now available from or whether the producers are still seeking a trade partner.