Created in 1969 in order to open up the southwest of the country, SoGB (La Société des Caoutchoucs de Grand Béréby) has become an important actor in the development of the region over the decades. Today, SoGB is number two rubber producer and number three palm oil producer.

In 1990, the government decided to pull out of the productive sectors of the national economy. It set about privatising the rubber and oil palm sectors in 1995 and 1996.

The government’s aim was to hand over to the buyers the task of continuing the development of the smallholding and industrial sectors by means of:
- replanting;
- extending existing plantations and creating new ones;
- rehabilitating and increasing the capacity of existing industrial units;
- establishing new units.

It was in this context that in 1994 the Socfin Group, operating in partnership with a national investor, acquired a majority stake in SoGB.

Since privatisation, the company has aimed to ensure the plantation’s long-term viability and prepare to take on thousands of workers. With this in mind, it has implemented an investment policy focusing on production equipment: plantations, factories, vehicles and so on.

The SoGB also attaches great importance to social factors. For example, it has created a number of primary schools and equipped the medical centre. All these facilities have been made available for the use of the plantation workers, but also of people living nearby.

SoGB, which is a linchpin of economic development in the southwest of the country, is listed on the Abidjan stock exchange: the BRVM (Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières).

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