In 2005, the first Michele Ferrero Entrepreneurial Project was born

Ferrero in Cameroon

Cameroon is the cradle where in 2005 the first Entrepreneurial Project was born, today named after Michele Ferrero.

The Group is currently present in the country with its own production plant in the capital Yaoundé as well as a commercial and logistics hub in Douala. In 2009, the Ferrero company had approximately 90 workers, which increased to 248 by 31.08.2016. Of these, almost 60% were female workers.

The Ferrero plant not only produces products for the Cameroon market, but also for Nigeria and the CEMAC (Central African Economic and Monetary Community) free trade area which, in addition to Cameroon, includes the following five countries: Chad, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo.

In Cameroon Ferrero is also involved in researching the local raw materials, especially cocoa, used to make - currently still in the experimental phase - semi-processed products which, in turn, are utilized by other companies of the Group.

Recent Social Activities

In October 2016, 4 new classrooms were created for children and young people at the Gado-Badzere refugee camp in the south-east of the country, on the border with the Republic of Central Africa. The camp hosts thousands of people - coming mainly from the Republic of Central Africa - who took refuge in Cameroon to escape the war which is raging their own country.
Among these there are over 2,000 children between 6 and 8 years of age, half of whom do not attend compulsory schooling.

The initiative was implemented in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, a specialized agency already awarded two Nobel Peace Prizes). It was carried out through the re-use of components (housing modules) of the Ferrero Pavilions at EXPO 2015 in Milan. These structures were first re-conditioned (to meet the needs of the new intended use), then dismantled, shipped - with the contribution of the Grimaldi Group - from Italy to Cameroon, and eventually re-installed in Gado-Badzere, under the supervision of an Italian technical team.

Support to the schooling of refugee children in Cameroon

The building of a new school block at the Cité Verte nursery school in the capital Yaoundé and renovation of the whole school

Past Social Activities

Financial year 2009-2010
• The modernisation of the department of paediatrics at the Hospital of Saint Martin de Porrès in Yaoundé, by financing hospital material and equipment.

Financial year 2013-2014
• The building of a new school block at the Cité Verte nursery school in the capital Yaoundé and renovation of the whole school.
• The project made the entire school complex, which was in very bad conditions, safe whilst decent health, sanitary and environmental conditions were restored for over 200 children and their teachers.
• Potential sources of malaria transmission were also removed. These entailed stagnant rainwater, and sewage and bathrooms without septic tanks.
• 100 children and their teachers can now work and play in the new school block in comfortable, more spacious and better equipped new classrooms.

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