In 2012 Maris acquired a controlling interest in Equatoria Teak Company (ETC), South Sudan’s leading sustainable forestry company, and Africa’s second largest teak grower. ETC manages teak plantations in Western Equatoria State. ETC employs 560 staff, and has concessions over 58,000 Ha’s of highly productive land and over 3,000 Ha’s of mature and immature teak plantations. The mature trees are 45 – 60 years old, producing a fine grain, high density, well colored timber that is highly sought after for multiple applications.
ETC focuses heavily on its social responsibility, including responsibility to its employees, communities and the environment in which it operates. Through its royalties ETC is the largest private contributor to Western Equatoria State and its social fund has supported a range of local projects from the construction of a secondary school to vaccine storage facilities
Sector: Agriculture and Forestry
Country: South Sudan