The Internal Control System of the Rainforest Alliance cocoa project is committed to the sustainable development by our pledge to implement best management practices that transform our land use practices, our attitude to business practices and our relationship with our supply chain actors including consumers. The internal control system and all farms are committed to the following aims: To be compliance to the Sustainable Agriculture Standard of the Sustainable Agriculture Network and be certified Rainforest Alliance. This is to ensure commitment to continual improvements through the adoption of best management practices to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods of producers.
- To comply with the national laws on good environmental management and conservation of ecosystem, wildlife and water resources.
- To comply with the national labour laws and good social practices in the farms.
- To contribute to agriculture waste are reduced, reused and recycled in an efficient way.
- To influence supply chain actors to work towards compliance with legislations and to operate in accordance with our sustainable and best management practices.
The purpose of this policy is to develop a positive internal environmental culture. It will help to reinforce the identity of our organisation and to reassure the farmers and our ICS workforce that they are working an ICS that takes environmental responsibility seriously. Internally, sensitization and awareness creation forum will be organised to educate staff and farmers of the policy. A period of participatory consultation has taken place to engage the staff in the policy formulation phase to build consensus.
Health and Safety Policy
The ICS is committed to the health and safety of all producers particularly those that concern farming activities. All possible risk areas have been identified and mitigation measures proposed. We are also committed to the safety of the communities where we work and the end user of our products. We will disclose any information that comes to our knowledge, which clearly demonstrates that any of our products or services breach internationally accepted safety standards or guidelines. Producers are to invest in acquiring wellington boots for farms activities Producers are to ensure that children, pregnant women and women, and all workers are not exposed to works that are not appropriate to their age, health and safety conditions. Producers are to ensure that access to their farms do not pose safety risk. Producers are encouraged to be insured under the National Health Insurance Scheme. The ICS provides PPE to persons designated as sprayers and farmers are encouraged to engage the services of ‘mass sprayers’ when applying fungicides on their farm.
The ICS is also committed to ensuring that all producers comply with the national labour laws particularly those that concern farming activities. The ICS shall not discriminate against any producer or group of producers on the basis .of race, colour, sex, age, marital status, religion, political affiliation or social origin in its membership, access to trainings and technical advice. It is the policy to give all members and producers equal opportunity without fear or favour. Producers are sensitized to engage workers without discrimination.
There is no Child labour
All forms of child labour is prohibited and all forms of hazardous labour is eliminated. Children of school going age must be in school. Producers are sensitized on the national framework for the elimination of all worse forms of child labour in cocoa.
There is equal work for equal pay
Cocoa is a family crop and most producers use family labour in the farming activities. Children can help farm work during weekends, holidays and occasionally after school during harvesting periods. Few producers who engage labour must have mutual agreement between them and safeguard the prevailing minimum wage. Employment of workers by producers must be in line with the national labour laws. To achieve the objectives of this policy, an action plan of activities including training programmes and procedures have been developed for implementation