16 former workers of Golden Veroleum Liberia received their severance benefits following a settlement with the company, one year and eight months after they filed a complaint with the labor Office over their illegal dismissals.
In Liberia, a unit of the world’s second-largest palm oil company has admitted to destroying forests and violating the rights of indigenous people. Yet its parent is among the industry’s leaders in investor ratings for ESG policies.
New analysis from community exercises indicate palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia structurally fails to comply with obligations and commitments from the MOUs signed in 2014 with affected communities. T
The company is also found to have violated the land and cultural rights of local communities, including the right to free prior and informed consent and social requirements on basic needs and grievance and remedy.
The African Peoples Tribunal demands that African governments ensure that the human rights of freedom of speech, expression, and association of citizens and persons who brought cases of abuses before the tribunal are respected and protected
One year after palm oil company Golden-Agri Resources (GAR) and its subsidiary Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) were called out for illegal deforestation, land grabbing, and the destruction of critical wildlife habitats, and many ongoing abuses later things on the ground don’t look much better.