In 2010, Olam entered a joint venture agreement with the government of the Republic of Gabon that allocated the company 300,000 ha of land. Olam’s operations in Gabon were the subject of controversy in 2016.
Olam has made commitments to exclude sourcing of raw materials or products from High Conservation Value areas, from High Carbon Stock forests, and from lands where burning has been used to clear vegetation. Additionally, the company has a policy to exclude development on peat soil regardless of depth.
Olam is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.