SOCIAL WELFARE

Poabs Organic Estates adhere strictly to statutory Government of India regulations under the Plantations Labour Act of 1951, which legislates the terms of employment for plantation workers. This Act is considered exemplary, even today, providing for health, welfare, including recreation, education and housing, the hours and limitation of employment, and leave with wages.

It is well known that Kerala state ranks the highest in India in terms of literacy and health, and we are proud to be a part of a society that has set standards for human development in the country.


School Bus

Workers Residence

Dispensary/Post Office

Church

Temple

School

Workers Welfare:

  • The workforce numbers around 500, increasing to around 700 during the harvest season, and they are paid as per the provisions of the Kerala State Plantation laws.
  • Workers are provided with the basic amenities like housing, water and electricity supply and toilets.
  • Seperate worship places are available
  • Creches and playing school for the children's of the employers
  • There is a primary school within the estate; students are taken to the nearby Padagiri High School by the Estate’s School Bus for secondary education.
  • The Dispensary in the estate caters to the workers’ health; however, serious cases are referred to the Thrissur Medical College for better treatment, by the Estate management.
  • The Estate Management also provides loans for higher education to deserving students.
  • Provisions and vegetable items are provided to workers at a subsidised rate.
  • Recreation facilities like Television, Worker Clubs and Playground are available at the disposal of workers.

Proposed activities to support community development and income generation: Handicraft training for workers; Bee-hive project (Apiculture); Duck farming; Fish farming; Organic Vegetable gardening

Overall, the social and environmental norms on Poabs Organic Estates fully meet the requirements of buyers with respect to conservation principles and ethical sourcing of tea and coffee from origin. Specifically, the estate practices are in consonance with the "Conservation Principles for Coffee Production" prescribed in May 2001 by C o n s e r v a t i o n International et al, with production systems aligned to bio-diversity conserva- tion, under internationally accepted organic,bio-dynamic social and environmental standards. The estate also follows the norms under the "Common Basic Principles and Ethics for the Purchase of Coffee from Origin" issued in June 2003 by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe. Tea and spices produced at Poabs are Fairtrade-certified by the Fairtrade Labelling Organization (FLO). producing an bio- fair trade certified