Desire has 11 years professional experience cutting across project management, community relations and Human resources management. He Joined TFT, after 8 years working in greenfields industrial project for multinationals in Cameroon. He strive to bring out the values of people daily supporting processes to transform natural resources supply chains across Africa and in leading the Center of Social Excellence for the Congo Basin Forest, a training Center based in Cameroon.
Hi Ashley Tillman; thanks for your feedback. The earthworm (TFT) sees the tree (brand, companies, supply chains) as an ally in its mission to fertilize the soil (communities, natural resources) which allows life to develop. As the earthworm nature transformation process is invisible, TFT work for many private companies is invisible, but creates a fertile ground for improvement in uniting extremist views towards a safer world. The Centre of Social Excellence (CSE) for the Congo Basin Forest trainees was initiated in 2008 in Congo and then transfer in Yaoundé, Cameroon. CSE trainees are trained to transform companies involved in natural resources supply chains from within; inside companies they are able to transform organizations creating social harmony around and inside concessions. 90% of CSE trainees are hired by private companies working in natural resources supply chains (palm oil, wood, sugar, cocoa, mines…) in a social role, mainly in remote areas in Africa, and majority of these companies have started sustainability schemes. While in their professional milieu, as faithful diggers bearing TFT Values (truth, respect, courage, humility and compassion committing to protect & heal nature and people) they slowly and surely make the change happen in the relationship between companies (plantations, logging and mining concessions) and local & indigenous riparian communities. It is people who manage natural resources and human relationships. It is people who will stop conflicts, stop environmental damage, heal our relationships with one another and find the solutions for a balanced future. After 10 years of existence in Africa, we are lacking funding to continue this program in Africa. It has recorded tremendous impact on reducing deforestation over 3, 5 Million Ha of forest and curbing social conflicts rate in more than 400 villages surrounding concessions in Africa. The success of the initiative in Africa led many donors to support the CSE project in Indonesia since 2015, while others CSE are planned to be created in Brazil, Peru, India, and Malaysia. CSE Africa initiative is now at a crossroads seeking ideas and more funding to continue its activities and improve its model. CSE Africa recently obtained a partial funding from SOCFIN a private company having concessions in 8 African countries, and facing allegations of deforestation, land grabbing and workers abuse campaigns from several NGO's. The idea will be to select 10 -12 talented young African graduates of both sexes and trained them as social practitioners to seed the company and scale up the transformation process internally. The budget shortfall is still to be covered to totally fund the project.