We believe our 8 crucial GVL Values have specific meaning and "deliverables" that we must achieve.

1. Successful investing, meeting the expectations of investors and funders

  • Modern oil palm requires significant investment
  • Thousands of dollars per each acre of land
  • Investment returns must exceed global criteria and industry standards

2. Ending rural poverty and bringing the beginnings of long-term prosperity, education and health to communities where we develop

  • Bringing incomes and benefits, such as housing, water, electricity, medical care and schooling, to our employees that provide decent lives on secure, permanent basis, and are many multiple times above today’s poverty lines
  • Preserving, planning and even preparing land areas best suited for local food production, cash crops and other non-oil-palm agriculture
  • Lifting communities earnings, even of people who do not work for us, through the economic multiplier effects and supplier relationships
  • Establishing education and health care that is free or affordable and reachable
  • Building a prosperous group of smallholders and independent farmers
  • Locating modern functions, such as accounting and administration locally, rather than in Monrovia, bringing modern jobs to the counties and districts.

3. Preserving the natural environment, helping to conserve flora, fauna, water and carbon in Liberia

  • Providing the foundation to preserve Liberia’s rich environment and rain forests, by strategic planning from the very beginning to never develop the highly forested, biospheres and forest zoned natural areas
  • Providing the incomes and livelihoods to local people that end their necessity of felling and burning llarge but already diminishing natural forests
  • Planning and conserving high conservation value areas, such as riparian zones along rivers and streams,  survivable tracts of primary forest and water sources
  • Not develop on high value forests or high conservation value areas. Furthermore, to not transform high carbon stock areas.

4. Respecting community self determination, sovereignty, culture and local traditions, through Free, Prior and Informed choice of communities to work with us and preserving their sacred heritage

  • Completely adhering to Free, Prior and Informed Consent principle of community determination, democratically conducted
  • Respecting and working with custodians of traditions and heritage, the Chiefs, the Elders and members of communities to guard against encroachment of sacred areas and shrines
  • Respecting family heritages and memorial properties, such as ancestral gravesites
  • Working with youth groups, women’s associations and development teams
  • Respecting farms, homesteads and personal properties
  • Engaging with communities on continuing basis to understand concerns and issues, discussing and resolving concerns and grievances. Fundamentally we believe that trust and a healthy and close long-term relationship with communities is essential to the long-term viability and success of our business, so we constantly aim to foster and develop excellent working relationships at many levels within communities
  • We do recognize that communities are not necessarily unanimous, and there are differences of opinion, different political and other constituents, sometimes very vocal, within even small communities. We encourage democratic principles, with majority decision making while respecting the role and rights of minority opinions to be heard
  • Respecting the rights of communities and their adhering to their choice to say yes or no to development

5. Developing the skills and careers of our Liberian employees and suppliers, especially of the people originating from our partner communities

  • Offering employment and training first and foremost to the communities where we work
  • Developing skills upgrade and career paths, starting from primary school, adult literacy education, vocational skills, management traineeships, to local people
  • Providing scholarships for university and graduate-level education in agriculture and related trades
  • Commitment to becoming Liberian, locally-managed company achieving international standards
  • Encouraging local enterprise and supply of our needs, to keep the economic benefits in the local region and inside Liberia

6. Practicing the best methods of legal compliance, regulatory adherence, procedures and Oil Palm agriculture, founded on highly developed skills, systems and attitudes

  • Being fully compliant with Liberian law and our concession agreement with the people of the Republic of Liberia
  • Adhering to or exceeding Liberian Environmental regulations
  • Adhering to or exceeding international recognized best practices including the RSPO Principles & Criteria, Code of Conduct and its procedures and enhancing the applicability and relevance of these standards in Liberia
  • Practicing modern Oil Palm agriculture, with the most applicable proven methods

7. Building value added industries and helping the country of Liberia escape a traditional role as a supplier of cheap raw materials

  • Developing infrastructure that brings jobs and economic activity beyond agriculture, such as port, mill, refinery and factory operations
  • Planning for manufacturing and industries especially in the local districts and counties, from the very start
  • Preparing, allocating and contracting sites for future value added facilities

8. Continuing improvement and betterment in what we do, with engagement of credible organizations who share all or same of these objectives, whether partnering with us, challenging us, or critical of us

  • Accepting that we are a new industry to Liberia and Liberians, and that the Oil Palm industry itself has been the source of controversy elsewhere, therefore we understand the need to explain and discuss our work continuously
  • Meeting and establishing dialogue with any groups and NGO’s who wish to understand what we do and to monitor or inspect what we do
  • Immediately taking action to correct any specific deficiencies that may be identified
  • Stopping practices or methods that may not be the best, and replacing them with international best practices
  • Being ready listen, but also to engage to stand on what we believe in

We have worked hard to adhere to these values since before we began work in Southeastern Liberia, and we will continue to strive to do so. We will always be ready to be measured against these values.

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