Deal #7623

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Minvoul, Gabon

Latitude
2.134643418812715
Longitude
11.724981927482649
Target country
Gabon
Location description
Bittam Rubber Plantation
Comment on location
near Bitam in the Woleu Ntem province (North Gabon)

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2012] 37137
Size in operation (production, in ha)
11000
Comment on land area
25000ha will be conserved as HCV forests

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Non-food agricultural commodities, Conservation
Comment on intention of investment
25000ha will be conserved as HCV forests

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2012] Concluded (Contract signed)

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2013] In operation (production)
Comment on implementation status
Environmental and Social Impact Assessment conducted in 2011

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Current number of jobs (total)
1200
Comment on jobs created (total)
95% of our 1,200 employees are Gabonese, and a fifth are female

Operating company

Operating company

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Company sources
File
Publication title
Rubber Plantation

Data source #2

Data source type
Company sources
File
Publication title
Building a sustainable rubber business

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
Face aux revendications de meilleures conditions de travail, l’agro-industriel Olam Gabon se défend
Date
2019-06-07
Comment on data source
Jobs created as well as land size

Data source #4

Data source type
Company sources
File
Publication title
Olam began operations in Gabon in 1999. Today we have a number of strategic partnerships with the Gabonese Republic which include palm oil, rubber, fertiliser and port logistics as part of a Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ).
Comment on data source
Ownership

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
24 surrounding villages in Bitam, Bikondom and Minvoul

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
Comment on consultation of local community
100% of the 24 surrounding villages in Bitam, Bikondom and Minvoul have been included in freely negotiated Social Contracts, established through a Free Prior and Informed Consent Procedure.

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Consent

Promised benefits for local communities

Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Social contracts include commitments to contribute to: · Recruitment of local population · Social infrastructure · Supporting small-scale agriculture

Materialized benefits for local communities

Materialized benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Roads
Other
Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
allocated USD 9.6 million for social investment which has already resulted in 625 solar lamps, 45 hydraulic pumps; road access for villages, and the rehabilitation of schools. Outside of the Social Contract, ORG also set up a Social Fund, managed by a similar tripartite committee, to support community development projects on an ongoing basis.

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
[current] Rubber tree (11000 ha)

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
Rubber processing factory

Overall comment

Overall comment
achieved ISO14001 certification for environmental management

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