Olam International Cocoa Code d’Ivoire and Hazelnut Turkey supply chains are assessed by the FLA.
From the Olam website: As Olam has grown, so has our direct workforce – employed across our upstream operations in plantations, concessions and farming to our downstream processing. These employees and contractors are governed by the Olam Code of Conduct and ILO compliant labour standards.
The FLA annually conducts independent assessments of a sample of each affiliated company’s supply chains. For Olam, the FLA has been monitoring since 2014 a portion of the cocoa-producing cooperatives and farms in its Ivory Coast supply chain. In 2015, Olam reported it had traced 100 percent of the cooperatives supplying cocoa for Olam in the Ivory Coast, which represents 117 cooperatives and about 53,000 farmers. Cocoa sourced from cooperatives represents 100 percent of the entire supply chain, with no cocoa is sourced through traitants that have not yet been traced.
In August 2015, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) conducted independent assessments in the Turkish hazelnut supply chain shared by three FLA affiliates – Nestlé, and its two strategic first-tier suppliers, Balsu and Olam Progida which together account for 100 percent of Nestlé’s hazelnut volume in Turkey.
The FLA annually conducts independent assessments of a sample of each affiliated company’s supply chains. For Olam in Ivory Coast, the FLA has been monitoring since 2013 a portion of the cocoa-producing cooperatives and farms in its Ivory Coast supply chain. As of 2014, Olam had traced 54 percent of its cocoa supply chain in Ivory Coast, which represents 107 cooperatives and about 45,000 farmers.
In August of 2014, the FLA conducted a series of assessments on a supply chain in Turkey shared by three FLA affiliates -- Nestlé, and two of its first-tier hazelnut suppliers, Balsu and Olam, which together account for 99 percent of Nestlé's hazelnut volume. A team consisting of both FLA assessors and external assessors visited a total of 70 hazelnut gardens in 2014, interviewing 437 workers about their working conditions.
From October to December of 2013, during the peak cocoa-harvesting season, the FLA conducted three unannounced independent external monitoring visits to two cooperatives in the Ivory Coast supplying to Olam. Olam is a tier 1 supplier of cocoa to Nestlé. Assessors selected three communities through a stratified random sampling from two cooperatives supplying to Olam. A team consisting of both FLA staff and trained external assessors conducted the visits in Yamoussoukro, in the center of the Ivory Coast, and in Soubre, in the west, two of the country’s largest cocoa-producing regions.