Tropical Bois

Social commitment

Unlike other Ivorian companies controlled by foreign capital - which usually bring all their profits out of the Country - Tropical Bois has always ensured that some benefits are retained locally, particularly by the rural population.

Since the forest reform of 1995, the Ivorian government asked the owners of forest concessions to donate to rural populations a contribution of 1,000 - about 1.5 Euros - per cubic meter of harvested logs.

However, as this suggestion was never transformed into a law, not all logging companies respect it.

Tropical Bois instead has always honored this commitment with the people living in its concessions, through direct contributions, works, services, various supplies and other assistance.

Between 1995 and 2018 TB has transferred the equivalent of over 968,000,000, that is almost 1.5 million Euros, to the local population.

Most of these funds have been used to build schools and lodging for educators, common refectories, first aid stations, public water pumps, roads, small sport facilities and other similar works.

In Ivory Coast the state owns all trees naturally grown in the forests, hence the owners of logging concessions do not need to pay farmers in order to cut trees in their lands.

Nevertheless, Tropical Bois has always paid the farmers between 5,000 and 30,000 Fcfa per felled tree: that is, an average of 1,000 to 8,000 per cubic meter.

Overall, between 1995 and 2018 TB has paid more than 4 billion (more than 6 million Euros) to that end.

This policy of cooperation, even if not mandatory, so far has had the collateral result of maintaining good relationships with the population and with the local authorities.

This has allowed a regular supply of good timber, a must for a producer whose first goal has always been quality.

Within the framework of contributions to the rural areas, reforestation has been an important endowment.

The law in act ensures that newly planted trees belong to the farmers who own the land. In the case of a managed forest, the trees belong to Sodefor.

Therefore between 1995 and 2018, through reforestation alone, Tropical Bois has invested the equivalent of more than 2.4 billion (more than 3.6 million Euros): until 2005 directly in the farmers' interest, after 2006 in the interest of the State of Ivory Coast (through Sodefor). The mentioned amounts are based on an average reforestation cost per hectare of about 350,000 or 500 Euros.

Along with other companies who pay fair salaries to their employees and pay welfare duties, TB plays an important role in a country such as Ivory Coast. Considering that in tropical countries in Africa a salary sustains on average 20 people and that Tropical Bois has about 940 employees, TB then sustains roughly 18,800 people.

Other important contributions from Tropical Bois to the community are:

- An elementary school, whose first portion of 6 classes was built in cooperation with the town council of Adzope. The construction of an additional building of another 6 classes, including a library/anphitheatre suitable for hosting minor theatrical performances, has started in July 2012, totally financed and executed by Tropical Bois. It has been finished and delivered to the authorities at the end of January 2014.

- The construction of a new multi-purpose facility in the residential district close to the industrial area in Adzope.

Initially the project consisted only of the construction of a Catholic Church named “Notre Dame de l'Amitie”.

Thanks to the concern of the mayor of Adzope and of the Bishop of Agboville, it has then been possible to obtain a larger piece of land, capable of hosting not only the church, but also an oratory, a nursery-school, and a series of sport and recreational facilities for the youth. Last but not least, a professional school will be built for training in electromechanics, mechanics and woodworking.

This project has been financed in part by Tropical Bois and the rest by third parties, both foreign and from Ivory Coast. The construction has been totally executed by Tropical Bois.

The church has been consacrated on May 2, 2010 and regularly hosts masses and other religious services. Construction works are proceeding for the rest of the premises.

From these projects, Tropical Bois has not and will not obtain any economic returns, rather its involvement is intended as a contribution to the local community.