Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
CSR is an organizational policy, integrated into a company’s business plan. A company’s implementation of CSR goes beyond compliance with regulatory requirements, and engages in "actions that appear to further some social good, beyond the interests of the firm and that which is required by law". As a model of CSR, Sierra Agra strongly embodies a corporate culture of ethics in the long-term interest of our farmer network, our global and local partners, and our investors.
Sierra Agra has commenced post-Ebola operations, utilizing and expanding existing plant facilities and an employee base of over 100, as well as continuing to support thousands of small out grower farmers nationally with a ready off take market and income stream for their annual harvests. Going forward, Sierra Agra’s three-year plan calls for ultimate vertically-integrated multi-crop harvests on reclaimed mining acreage through the establishment of an environmentally and economically sustainable supply, transportation, and processing chain to support the activities of 10,000 farmers. For a more extensive understanding of how Sierra Agra integrates CSR, check out our documents 2018 Social Impact Report and Sustainable Development Goals which are appendices of our larger executive business plan.
What are our commitments?
Combining a strong commercial business with the ability to improve the lives of thousands of people in what’s still one of the poorest countries in the world.
To successfully support out growers, smallholder farmers, plantation owners, communities, chiefdoms, and regions to follow Sierra Agra established guidelines for growing crops with short and long term profits. An example of this activity would be to match an NGO or donor with a community to develop a farm of passion fruit or tomato as an example.
To develop farming and processing infrastructure that will support Sierra Agra’s Project 10,000 initiative. In doing so, Sierra Agra will create thousands of jobs and support agriculture SME’s.
Sierra Agra will reach and expand its current network of 3,000 signed on farmers to over 10,000 in the next three years throughout Sierra Leone.
How will farmers, individually or in groups, benefit from your product or service?
Household income would also dramatically increase through the multiple use and extension of the seasons through a controlled ripening, refrigeration, freezing, flash freezing, dehydrating and storing of produce both before and after processing. The monetary increase in household income is estimated at 35% as the farmer directly benefits from the expanded season and new products.
How will women benefit from your product or service?
At the Newton facility, women comprise around 40% of the existing work force. In addition, there are women engaged in middle management roles and both metrics will improve over time. At the small farmer and collective levels, women will comprise more than 50% of the work force.
How will youth benefit from your product or service?
Youth above secondary education age will be have opportunities to participate in Sierra Agra plantation operations, as well as in the expanded plant operations. And of course will participate with their communities at the small farm level.
Will anyone be put out of business as a result of your business idea?
NO. In fact, Project 10000 will serve to revitalize and expand the integrated out grower farming, transportation, processing and sales and export chain throughout, from farms and plantations to Freetown port.