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People are the driving force behind our triple bottom line.
Cultivating an environment in which our people are encouraged to decide, improvise and above all act with integrity, we have broken the restraints of hierarchal and social barriers, creating a culture that values self-motivation and personal achievement. This level of trust and freedom has been shown to result in performance that consistently exceeds expectations. In addition, we provide our people a direct stake in the success of our business by issuing employee shares. This system of personal ownership and the potential for continuing opportunity provides us with a low rate of turnover, having retained nearly 40 percent of our current staff – and their related expertise – for five years or more.
But our impact goes beyond just those within our organization.
Adhering to one of the primary United Nations Millennium Development Goals, we are in a unique position to work toward the alleviation of poverty through economic activity. In addition to providing direct and indirect jobs through our plantations and other opportunities, we have invested in eco-friendly infrastructure development, fostered the development of agro-forestry and related skills, and instituted educational programs for preschoolers on the importance of environmental conservation. By sharing these valuable skills and know-how, we strive to better the lives of those living within the communities in which we operate and elsewhere throughout the world.