A breeder’s corporate social responsibility in practice in Uganda
For its employees, breeding company Royal Van Zanten is a true pioneer in the field of human capital. Having been presented with the Silver Award for Export Companies last year, and with its wide range of social facilities, this employer is an important pillar in Ugandan society in the regions where its production locations operate. In addition to providing fair wages, the organisation is investing in healthcare, transport and training for its employees.
Sports as a unifying factor
Sports are forging the organisation, its employees and the local population into a real community. This makes sports training sessions and games invaluable for the internal sense of community, motivation, health and the connection with the local living environment of Royal Van Zanten’s cutting production locations. In Uganda, football, volleyball and tennis are forging a company community that also includes its local community.
Social impact provided by breeder gives local community both security and opportunities
Employees are receiving financial advice and assistance in managing their money. Helping employees save is enabling them to buy their own land or build a house. The employer is also offering small loans that employees can use to realise a dream like starting their own business. One employee, for example, started her own design company and is now producing beautiful designs and printed matter. Her talents are being realised more than ever, and she is using her profits to pay the school tuition for her nephews. She is also providing the Dutch cutting producer’s employees with printed T-shirts and sportswear.
A look at its propagation facilities hones in on important sustainable certifications such as MPS GAP, ABC level 1 and Socially Qualified in practice.
In addition to traceability of trade, safety of employees and hygiene, environmentally-friendly cultivation is an important aspect at the production locations in Kampala and Wakiso. In the greenhouses, scouts check the crops thoroughly for insects, fungi and viruses which is carried out per cultivation area, one by one, six days a week. Based on the overall condition of the Chrysanthemum or Celosia crops and the presence of harmful organisms, an extremely targeted crop protection program is made. This cultivation approach – in particular the implementation of the specific crop protection method – makes Royal Van Zanten a leader in sustainability. In line with its focus on biodiversity, the organisation also places great emphasis on the so-called Integrated Pest Management (IPM): a method in which sustainable and environmentally-friendly cultivation is a major pillar.
The plastic waste stream from Royal Van Zanten has also been reduced to zero. A local entrepreneur turns the used plastic from the propagation facilities into sustainable building materials. Working together with the local community and simultaneously recycling materials is proving fruitful.