Pilot testing rubber sustainability approaches in Cote d’Ivoire


The objective of this pilot was to develop a risk-based approach to assess key sustainability issues at scale in rubber production in Ivory Coast. The pilot (conducted in September) was based on Olam’s supply chain in the country. The results of this process are expected to support the broader sustainability discussions within the rubber sector. 

The idea for testing how a risk-based approach could work in rubber evolved as an alternative to the

conventional mechanisms of farm-based interventions, like audits. A risk-based approach was seen as a cost-effective solution to understand the main sustainability challenges in rubber production in Ivory Coast and allow for more efforts to be put into addressing or mitigating the issues as compared to a compliance focused approach.

The pilot assessed risk on seven areas, also classified the risk level for different issues. The result was then used as the basis for developing recommendations to address them or, at least minimize their impact:

  1. Deforestation and encroachment on conservation areas

  2. Land conflicts

  3. Child labor

  4. Legal compliance

  5. Farmer income

  6. Living conditions

  7. Pesticides