NGOs have filed a complaint at the OECD against the Dutch bank ING Group regarding its financing of oil palm companies involved in deforestation (Noble Group), land grabbing (Bolloré Group/Socfin) and child labor (Wilmar International).
After series of failed appeals, communities impacted by the activities of Wilmar PZ, a multinational company involved in oil palm cultivation in Nigeria have taken Wilmar to the State House of Assembly for alleged pollution and land grabbing.
Communities affected by Maryland Oil Palm Plantation in southern Liberia have called on banks to refrain from joining a $1.5 billion syndicated loan for the palm oil giant Wilmar International. They now been accused of being anti-development and opposing the newly elected Liberian government.
The decision was announced a week after Greenpeace issued a report that exposed links to Gama Plantation, a palm oil business that Greenpeace accused of destroying rainforest twice the size of Paris in Papua, Indonesia.
The Uganda government began handing over tracts of land for palm-oil production to Wilmar International Ltd.’s local unit, removing the final hurdle for an expansion project that’s been delayed for almost a decade.
Report uncovers an elaborate and coordinated scheme In Indoensia to establish shell companies, endow them each with licenses for thousands of hectares of land, and then sell them on to some of the region’s biggest palm oil conglomerates.
Around 100 Nagari Maligi residents (‘nagari’ means village in the local language) have been protesting for days at the Wilmar Group’s representative office in West Pasaman, Sumatra, Indonesia since March 9.