From water conservation and recycling measures at our agri-businesses, to sustainable and energy efficient building practices in our real estate developments, we constantly seek not only to minimise our impact on the environment, but improve how we protect it.
At our sustainable forestry operation, Equatoria Teak Company, in South Sudan, we have planted over 3 million trees, which we believe capture over 20,000 tonnes of CO2E per annum. This makes the entire Maris group net carbon positive, something we are proud to have achieved and constantly seek to improve.
In close association with our shareholders, Maris has developed a strong social component to all our activities. We support local communities in all our locations, through direct employment, local infrastructure development, educational support and a range of outreach programmes. We monitor and measure our social impact across our portfolio and regularly consult with communities on progress.
Across our portfolio we support local communities and provide jobs that drive growth and reduce poverty. We employ nearly 2,500 people and support thousands of smallholder farmers, providing them with that critical link to premium-priced export markets.In addition to the Labour Laws of our host countries, we subscribe to International Labour Organisation (ILO) core labour standards and ILO basic terms and conditions. We have also committed to respect the International Bill of Human Rights in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Our Development Impact Reporting framework ensures we communicate key development information to our shareholders annually. This includes measures such as job creation, the type of job created, gender of our employees, local direct expenditure and local taxes paid.
We adhere to the same standards of corporate governance as public companies listed on major stock markets. Engagement with our shareholders is robust, with quarterly reporting, a full company annual report and an annual shareholders meeting. Our Business Integrity policies include Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering and Whistleblower. They apply to all our businesses, regardless of location.