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Corporate Social Responsibility

Magrabi Agriculture is committed to high standards of ethical, social and environmental responsibility. It is our belief that this policy of responsible citizenship is not only consistent with our duties to the society, but also entirely aligned with the long-term commercial and financial objectives of our company and those of our business partners. In fact, the notion of product quality is changing to include responsible sourcing, and we can increasingly expect retailers and consumers to make their choices accordingly. Open discussion and interaction with all stakeholders is fundamental in order to continuously improve and strengthen Magrabi's operation and develop corporate social issues in a sustainable way. By addressing corporate social responsibility issues, Magrabi Agriculture wants to underline that its business practices are sustainable, responsible and transparent; and that it is a respected member of the surrounding community.

SEDEX: Magrabi Agriculture is registered with SEDEX (S586338827637) since 2005 and has completed the self assessment tool as well as a 3rd party audit that has covered all of its farms and packhouses. The 3rd party audit was conducted by Intertek against the SMETA format (Sedex members' ethical trading audit) during the first quarter of 2007. A copy of the report is available through the SEDEX website. If you are a customer of Magrabi Agriculture and an A or AB member of SEDEX; and would like to access our information, please send the name of your company and a request to add you as a direct/indirect customer to mafaqa1@magrabi-agriculture.com

FAIRTRADE: Magrabi Agriculture (Mafa farms) is a Fairtrade producer (FLO ID 3656) and its current scope of certification covers oranges, soft citrus, lemons, lime, orange juice, grapes, and flowers. FLO-CERT GMBH is responsible for the inspection and certification of Magrabi Agriculture against the Fairtrade Standards http://www.fairtrade.net/standards.html

The following Fairtrade Standards principles that are specific to hired labour situations are respected by Magrabi Agriculture:
  • Social development: Some of the core elements are: training opportunities, non discriminatory employment practices, no child labor, no forced labor, access to collective bargaining processes and freedom of association of the workforce, condition of employment exceeding legal minimum requirements, adequate occupational safety and health conditions and sufficient facilities for the workforce to manage the Fairtrade Premium.
  • Economic development: For all products Fairtrade Standards require the buyers to pay a Fairtrade Premium to the producers. The Fairtrade premium is money for the workers on a plantation to invest in improving their livelihood. Premium money in this sense is meant to improve the situation of local communities in health, education, environment, economy etc. The workers decide themselves on what are the most important priorities for them and manage the use of the Fairtrade Premium.
  • Environmental development:Fairtrade Standards include requirements for environmentally sound agricultural practices. The focus areas are: minimized and safe use of agrochemicals, proper and safe management of waste, maintenance of soil fertility and water resources and no use of genetically modified organisms.
Management of the Fairtrade Premium. MAFA Joint Body, which includes workers and management, is, among other functions, responsible for the management of the Fairtrade Premium in accordance with Fairtrade Standards. Workers and management decide jointly about the use of the premium during MAFA Joint Body meetings. The Fairtrade Premium is used for the improvement of the socio-economic situation of the workers, their families and communities. Procedures, roles and responsibilities are laid down according to the guidance document from FLO. Magrabi Agriculture and MAFA Joint Body (JB) have the commitment and capacity to administer the Fairtrade Premium in a way that is transparent for workers and the certification body.

You can download Magrabi’s valid fairtrade certificate from http://www.magrabi-agriculture.com/compliance.htm

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