Social Responsibility

Relationship with employees and local communities
Precious Woods aims to use her forestry operations in Brazil and Gabon to improve the social and economic welfare of forest workers and local communities sustainably.

Precious Woods offers the local population job and training opportunities as well as services aimed at strengthening local community structures. All staff members, most of them from the region itself, are permanently employed by Precious Woods.

At the beginning of each harvest season Precious Woods provides training courses running several weeks for forest workers, both in Brazil and in Gabon. Besides covering important work related topics, such as machine maintenance, health & safety, and waste disposal, the courses also tackle more general issues like conflict management, health care – including AIDS / HIV -, communication skills, drug and alcohol abuse as well as first aid.
 
Health & Safety
For Precious Woods it is of utmost concern to ensure the health and safety of its staff in the Amazon and in Gabon. Physicians as well as a team of engineers and technicians specialized in security aspects are on the ground to ensure the welfare of its employees. In addition, Precious Woods has a comprehensive health and safety program in place, consisting of regular medical examinations, trainings on occupational safety and health, safety inspections and provides constant accessible health centres for medical care.
 
Indigenous people rights
Precious Woods recognizes and respects fully the statutory and customary rights of indigenous peoples to own, use and manage their lands, territories and resources. Therefore, Precious Woods excludes those areas within its land, which are subject to statutory and traditional land use rights of local communities. The boundaries of these areas are determined in collaboration with the affected communities and mapped. The land use rights of the indigenous population are recorded in writing and thus formally recognized. Precious Woods has already been committed for many years to the principle of no forestry activities in the areas inhabited by nomadic indigenous People.