Planet

Guardians of the land on which it operates, protecting and improving it for future generations.

IMPROVEMENT

Unlike the mining industry which extracts and gives little back, good farming actually improves the land. Much of the leased land has been degraded by poor farming techniques, or is regrowth scrubland after the destruction of the natural forest for firewood. It requires rehabilitation.

From the outset, the Company employed the services of an environmental consultant to advise on best practice. Success depends on maintaining the fertility of the land, so treating it well is second nature.

IMPACT

Before starting any project, the Company carries out an environmental and social impact assessment to establish a series of baseline measures. A management plan is agreed to mitigate any negative deviations from the baseline.

The assessment includes impacts on ecosystems, endangered species and protected areas; soils; water quality; air quality; noise; landscape; and emissions (as well as other social impacts). Environmental benefits of the project are enhanced.

PRACTICE

Sustainable environmental practice runs right through the management structure up to board level. The Company has chosen to work with partners who have impeccable "green" credentials that can help it to achieve its goals.

It has already agreed on a number of new measures such as additional ecological corridors; development of a biofertilser unit; use of biomass power plants to meet energy requirements; new protected areas; and production of biofuel.