Keenly aware of the importance of protecting bees, Melvita is committed to safeguarding their future through the following projects:
✦ "Cocagne Bees," working with the Réseau Cocagne network, to set up a beekeeping business in organic market gardens that help integrate people back into the workplace.
✦ "Argan Bees," working in partnership with the NGO Man & Nature, to develop beekeeping among the women's cooperatives in the argan oil industry.
✦ In parallel with these projects, Melvita also supports the "Le Rucher du Cade" employee association in its activities to raise awareness about the importance of saving bees.
Since 2010, 670 beehives have been set up, providing a home for 26.8 million bees through a community-minded approach.
Melvita works with the Réseau Cocagne network to develop beekeeping in organic market gardens.
The Réseau Cocagne currently consists of 100 gardens, which employ 4,000 "reintegrating" gardeners and 700 supervisors. Its objective is to help people who have major social and economic difficulties to reintegrate.
By funding beekeeping training and investing in equipment, Melvita provides support for gardens that wish to use beekeeping as a community-building tool that will also help the gardeners to reintegrate into society.
Philippe Seigne, market garden supervisor
Our objective is to help people with difficulties to get back into the workplace. The beehives set up in our gardens help to pollinate our crops and get our employees even more involved. Beekeeping is an excellent community-building and social-integration tool."
IN THE PAST 4 YEARS:
• 18 million bees
• 300 beehives set up
• 340 employees benefiting