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Camellia values its neighbours and strives to partner and engage with local communities on a variety of levels

"Camellia values its neighbours and strives to partner and engage with local communities on a variety of levels"

Graham Mclean, Agricultural Director

The Group's businesses are fundamentally connected to the welfare of our communities and the environments in which we operate. We proactively invest to ensure these environments are protected and improved. Our focus is on the long-term stability, security and continuity of our businesses an those communities. 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We address a variety of social issues that contribute to the creation of a sustainable society. Central to our initiatives is the ability to provide the opportunity for development for all.

We are committed not only to the ultimate welfare of our employees but also the communities in which they live. This year we have been involved in building a community library in Nandi Hills, the SHARP programme across all operations in Kenya and continuing the Blue Angels programme in India.

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SMALLHOLDERS

We seek to develop robust alliances with local smallholders.

We work with independent raw material suppliers in many of our operations, these ‘Small Holders’ form an important part of our community. We contribute to their livelihoods by ensuring that they, rather than local intermediaries, get the maximum return for their product. We seek to optimise local infrastructure by supporting roads, waterways, healthcare and education projects. Our aim is to deliver the best quality products to the market and help generate value for the community in which we operate.


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HEALTHCARE

We invest in projects which support our communities.

The majority of our tea estates in India and Bangladesh have a hospital and a qualified doctor, and our operations in both these countries also have central Group owned hospitals. Our African operations run dispensaries established on our estates, offering medical services and care to employees, their dependants and people from surrounding areas. These are manned by qualified medical personnel from our operations and services are free to employees and their dependants. We provide medical services inlcuding, where appropriate, antiretroviral drugs in those communities where HIV and AIDS are a concern. We provide medical support to schools that are either run locally or by our operations.

 

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Camellia values its neighbours and strives to partner and engage with local communities on a variety of levels

 

EDUCATION

At Camellia we believe that the potential for development of each and every person within our community is fundamental.

We believe that education should be available for all - we cover the cost of running schools and creches in areas where we operate, either by building the schools for our communities or by supporting educational projects of the local governments in our communities.

Through a broad range of existing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, across the group, we address a variety of social issues, which contribute to the creation of a sustainable society. Central to our initiatives is the ability to provide the opportunity for development for all.

 

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EQUALITY

There is no doubt in our minds about equality - every person, irrespective of their origin, skin colour, religion or gender is equal.

We have consciously and continuously worked towards encouraging equality in management positions and throughout our operations. By providing schools and supporting education projects we ensure that our community is developing without discrimination.

The use of child labour is prohibited by all of our businesses. The minimum legal working age varies around the world and in some countries it is both the cultural norm and permissible for parents to involve their children in the productive process. We do not subscribe to this approach and therefore translating our policy into unambiguous local rules and enforcing these rules requires vigilance.


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2020 ESG Report

Our 2020 ESG Report is now available.

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