As Bolloré Group heads to its annual shareholder meeting this week, the company is facing a new lawsuit against its Socfin interests, filed on behalf of Cameroonian palm oil workers by a group of NGOs demanding better working conditions for them.
Su objetivo: obtener la aplicación de medidas para mejorar las condiciones de vida de los trabajadores y residentes de las plantaciones de aceite de palma en Camerún, gestionadas por una empresa de la que el grupo es accionista.
Investigations carried out by RFUK and its partner organisations find that three plantations in Cameroon and the Republic of Congo are responsible for destroying over 20,000 ha of forest, an area twice the size of Paris.
In France, the holding company Socfin and its Cameroonian subsidiary Socapalm, both affiliated with Bolloré Group, sued journalists and nongovernmental groups who reported on villagers’ protests against the companies’ palm oil plantations in their communities and land.
This historic case against French corporation Bolloré does more than send a strong signal supporting freedom of the press: it is a recognition of the reality for villagers living in the shade of the plantations of SOCAPALM in Cameroon.