Initiatives

The sustainability dimension of our work is populated with a broad range of actors, with whom we engage, partner and exchange: our employees, local people, and indigenous communities, community leaders, government representatives, NGOs, international organizations, universities, research institutes, importers, suppliers, and third-party providers, all the way to end-consumers.

 

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They say about us

African Parks

USA

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that manages Odzala-Kokoua national park, in partnership with the government and local communities.

Together we train new eco-guards and offer refresher trainings to the rangers operating in our forest concession.

Association pour les Droits de l'Homme et l'Universe Carcenal (ADHUC),
Republic of Congo

Association pour les Droits de l'Homme et l'Universe Carcenal (ADHUC)

Republic of Congo

Together we have organized Human Rights training courses for security guards at IFO

Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux

France

Together we:

shape marketing initiatives for tropical timber

lead legality-related initiatives

push for comprehensive anti-corruption and anti-bribery standards

promote and lead the industry-wide discussion on forest conservation and protection

facilitate the discussion and promote comprehensive implementation of the concept of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL)

Basel Institute on Governance

Switzerland

Together with the Basel Institute on Governance we work on, implement and verify a strict Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery policy

Business Coalition for Good Governance (BCGG)

Cameroon

Together with BCGG we work on, implement and verify a strict Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery policy

CATC, COSYLAC, CSCC and CSTC Trade Unions,
Republic of Congo

CATC, COSYLAC, CSCC and CSTC Trade Unions

Republic of Congo

The unions and employee representatives have monthly meetings with senior management to express concerns and jointly find solutions

Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP)

Cameroon

We have joined 107 partner countries and organizations working together to promote sustainable resource management, improved living conditions and biodiversity protection in the Congo Basin.

Centre des droits de l'Homme et de développement (CDHD)

Republic of Congo

We hired CDHD Director, Mr Roch Nzobo, to work on and, effectively implement, the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

Control Union

The Netherlands

With Control Union Certifications we are certified for the FSC® and PEFC(™) chain of custody requirements enabling us to maintain the chain of custody to our clients when selling certified products. Control Union’s Timber Legality Verification (TLV) certificate assures us we are applying a solid due diligence approach to avoid sourcing illegally harvested timber based on EUTR and Lacey Act requirements.

Fair and Precious

France

Together with other FSC certified companies, Interholco proudly supports 'Fair and Precious', a campaign and a brand based on 10 engagements, aiming to raise awareness on the wide range of benefits of tropical wood that is sustainably produced.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)

Germany

Together we:

engage with important global social, environmental and economic constituents on comprehensive implementation of the concept of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL)

participate in setting leadership standards for good forest management – i.e. social, environmental and economic performance of forest management

participate in a credible certification programme covering 1.16 million hectares of natural tropical forest in the Republic of Congo (FSC® C122325; FSC® C123513) to verify best practice in our forest management and timber processing operations

We are currently working with FSC on developing more robust Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) standards and implementation

Dutch Development Agency (IDH), The Netherlands

IDH The sustainable trade initiative

The Netherlands

With IDH funding, we conducted a sustainable wildlife management project and provided data for a Life-Cycle Assessment on tropical timber – Azobé

Max Planck Institut, Research Centre

Germany

A PhD researcher from Max Planck Institut stayed in our production site at IFO in order to test role playing with village hunters, and wildlife abundance close to villages, based on camera traps and data from hunters

Meindert Brouwer, Writer

The Netherlands

Dutch writer Meindert Brouwer visited IFO in February 2016, to see with his own eyes how the population benefits from our presence

Natural Capital Coalition

Multi-stakeholder platform

UK

The Natural Capital Coalition is a unique global multi-stakeholder platform bringing together leading initiatives and organizations to harmonise approaches to natural capital. We conducted a case study based on the Natural Capital Protocol to estimate the value, opportunity cost and environmental, social and economic benefits of Sustainable Forest Management in the Congo Basin, as opposed to other land-uses. Our assessment will guide our future monitoring indicators which are integrated in business decision-making,

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification(™) (PEFC(™))

Switzerland

PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. Together we participate in developing standards for the Congo Basin.

Projet pour la gestion des écosystèmes périphériques au Parc National Odzala-Kokoua (PROGEPP)

Projet pour la gestion des écosystèmes périphériques au Parc National Odzala-Kokoua (PROGEPP)

Republic of Congo

In the framework of the PROGEPP project, we work together with the Ministry of Forest Economy of the Republic of Congo and WCS to protect the natural tropical forest we manage together with its wildlife.

As part of the PROGEPP project, confiscated parrots, a much sought-after source of revenue on illegal markets, are transferred to quarantine facilities built by IFO. WCS veterinarians analyse blood samples and treat diseases. In 2014 alone the number of successfully treated parrots released in the wild exceeded 200

European Coalition for Sustainable Tropical Timber (STTC)

The Netherlands

We work with the European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) on promoting sustainable tropical timber on the European market.

swisspeace

Switzerland

swisspeace developed together with us a Conflict Sensitivity Manual, to help us avoid social challenges before they escalate to conflict.

Thomas Weidenbach,
Germany

Thomas Weidenbach

Germany

In 2011, independent journalist, film director and former NGO activist Thomas Weidenbach set out on a journey to the North of the Republic of Congo. He produced a documentary of sustainable forest practices implemented by IFO.

GABT HD

Gembloux Agro-Bio-Tech (Université de Liège)

Belgium

The Gembloux Agro-Bio-Tech (University of Liège) provided international expert advice in our Working Group on Forest Fires in Open Marantaceae Forests

University of Maryland

USA

The University of Maryland provided international expert advice in our Working Group on Forest Fires in Open Marantaceae Forests

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

USA

WCS conducted a comprehensive survey on wildlife conservation to helps us implement necessary safeguards and conservation measures

WCS provided international expert advice in our Working Group on Forest Fires in Open Marantaceae Forests

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