Farmers in Vietnam’s Dak Lak province have a whole new mindset to approaching safety at work, since Olam implemented a sustainability programme there in 2016. To date, since the programme began, there have been zero reported accidents or incidents resulting from farm practices.

Here are some of the initiatives put into action:

  • All 1,245 farmers involved in the programme received training from Olam on safety and first aid
  • All the farmers also now don personal protective equipment at work, provided by Olam. [This has helped to better safeguard their wellbeing when spraying, applying and handling various products like pesticides or fertilisers in the line of work.] 



Olam officers training farmers on PPEs (L) and demonstrating how to effectively don the equipment (R)



A farmer wearing PPE for spraying [fertiliser], which offers better protection against potential hazards (L) and A farmer wears no PPE for spraying [fertiliser] (R)

  • Increased knowledge of the importance of safe working conditions also led to more than 70% of the farmers having medical insurance, up from only 32% three years ago.

These efforts are in line with the AtSource + focus on 12 core sustainability topics under People, Planet and Farmer Livelihoods, with over 80 indicators measuring impact, starting right at farmer group level.