OsierCarbon believes all businesses should be financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable.
We are committed to working with all parts of Haitian society, from local villagers to federal ministers, to ensure the benefits of our operations across the board.
We will serve our clients to the best of our ability, through open, efficient and effective operations.
Our goal is to be a profitable company that has a tangible benefit on the environment and economy of Haiti, whilst producing excellent CSR/offsetting outcomes for our clients.
We aim to do this in three ways:
Our fundamental mission is to reforest Haiti. We will re-plant the entire island with several varieties of trees. This will create a giant carbon sink, halt soil erosion, and restore the natural beauty of the country.
Second, we will create new economic activity and employment prospects by productizing our forests by creating secondary industries based on the various varieties of trees we plant. We will transfer our expertise in tree husbandry to local farmers to boost agricultural output, and supplement this by planting thousands of fruit trees as part of our own CSR program. The foundation of our replanting will be the moringa and bamboo varieties of trees. These plants will be used to produce dozens of value-added products. For example, by sustainably harvesting the leaves off moringa trees, we will produce protein-rich animal feedstock, health food supplements, and quality natural soaps.
Third, we will then turn our sights to the eco-tourism market; Haiti has a spectacular natural landscape and beaches and once restored will be a beautiful tourist location.
OsierCarbon will reforest Haiti and provide long-term economic benefits by monetising products from the reforestation program.
We will achieve this by providing world class carbon offset and corporate social responsibility options to environmentally conscious companies.
Our operations will provide quality career opportunities for employees and positive social and economic outcomes for the communities in which we operate.
Our challenge: Why Haiti?
Apart from Tim’s and Onel’s historic ties, there are several compelling reasons to use Haiti as a CSR and carbon offset hub.
First, Haiti desperately needs a large reforestation program. 98.5% of the nation is devoid of trees, causing soil erosion, flooding, landslides, loss of agricultural output and a general reduction in quality of life.
Second, Haiti has very high unemployment. This means we can affordably drive growth in communities by employing local’s reforestation programs, and in subsequent secondary industries.
Third, the political appetite in Haiti for a long-term reforestation partner is very high. Although with good intentions, when charitable run out of donations, so do their trees.
OsierCarbon plans to create a long-term, viable business in the CSR/carbon offset space based on Fortune 500 clients-meaning a long-term reforestation effort. Senior government ministers are excited by this approach and support our proposal.
Our challenge: Why bother?
Planting trees is a noble act in itself, but doing so in Haiti presents us with unique opportunities. The nation has over 40% unemployment. By providing jobs (on our planting programs and more long term in our secondary businesses) we can help alleviate poverty.
Haiti attracts high rainfall. This is great for growing trees, but in denuded areas, it strips the topsoil from the land and causes erosion, flooding and mudslides. Reforestation will reverse the impact of wild weather.
Finally, much of the fertile soil has washed down from the inland mountains out to sea-where it has then washed up on the nation’s beaches. Once pristine white sand, they are now literally dirty. We can restore the coastline to its natural state and build a tourism industry in Haiti, like in other parts of the Caribbean. In short, we’re not only planting trees and offsetting CO2-we’re alleviating poverty and restoring a landscape.
This is an excellent opportunity for companies to have meaningful CSR programs with several positive stories.
Our Challenge: Why now?
It’s all very well for the Haitians to need a reforestation program – but there has to be a compelling reason for companies, especially Western ones, to invest in such a project.
We all know climate change is a contentious issue but ultimately, political will to act is increasing. Examples of this are the Paris Agreement within the UNFCC, where for the first time the US and China agreed on a climate change mitigation path. The EU Emissions trading scheme has offset millions of tonnes of CO2 and greenhouse gas reduction programs are being implemented at state, national and international levels around the world. The upshot of this is the demand for carbon offsets is increases. There are many ways to offset CO2, one of which is to plant trees.
Haiti has low labour costs and plenty of land and a government that is committed to environmental restoration. This means OsierCarbon can provide quality (i.e. long term) carbon offsets at competitive prices to companies facing increasing regulatory pressure to do so.
Our solution: Community
There are three tiers to our success in Haiti: Our clients, our relationship with the government, and our relationship with the communities in which we operate.
OsierCarbon has built an excellent relationship with the Mayor Mauclair Desir and his constituents: At the conclusion of our pilot program, the Mayor wrote to us, saying the following: ‘The Municipal Council of Leogane greets you, and also thanks you for the importance you have attach to the municipality of Leogane. In the framework of the reforestation of the commune, the council is pleased to give you the authorization in order to accomplish this mission with the aim of reforesting the environment according to your capacity of five-thousand trees. Relying on your collaboration, the council begs you, sir, to receive his distinguished greetings.’
Community involvement is core to getting long-term results-after all, the locals are the stewards of the land, and will be working with OsierCarbon during reforestation and subsequent business ventures.
The federal government is determined that benefits must accrue to the communities our operations touch, and our work in Leogane proves this is happening.
Our Solution: Economy
Haiti’s GDP per capita is US $820, or six percent of the global average. OsierCarbon pays its employees 170% of the standard wage in our sector.
OsierCarbon has already established a large nurseryin Leogane, with six full-time employees and up to thirty temporary workers during planting programs. As experts in tree husbandry and agricultural practise, we’re in a unique position to help farmers boost output from crops-typically fruit trees, cane sugar and maize. One of our own CSR initiatives is to teach local farmers methods to increase production and reduce their environmental impact. This will help reduce the requirement for fruit and vegetable imports, and potentially open up export markets.
Once our plantations are established, we’ll sustainably farm moringa tree leaves to create high quality feedstock for animals. Moringa leaves are incredibly nutritious – it is one of the few foods that contains all nine essential amino acids. Not only that, but in the optimum ratio for human and animal consumption. By converting them into feedstock, we can reduce Haiti’s reliance on meat imports. Because they are full of amino acids, moringa leaves can be used in hundreds other products.
We plan to develop these businesses off the back of our planting program, providing long-term jobs, income and economic security to the communities where we work.