Tvind is known to own large, profitable, secret commercial plantations in many developing countries. Ownership is usually through Tvind-owned companies, often in offshore tax havens such as Jersey, Guernsey and the Cayman Islands. Companies frequently change names and addresses, but control is invariably exercised through senior members of the Teachers Group.
In several of these plantations, Tvind has been exposed as a bad employer, forcing local people to work for low wages without proper health care, civil rights or union recognition. In some, outsiders are kept away by armed security guards.
In some areas, especially southern Africa, Tvind-owned plantations may masquerade as ‘development projects’ for local people. In fact, local people may be charged high rents to farm on the land and the produce could well be highly profitable for Tvind. Senior managers are invariably white Europeans.