Golden Veroleum (Liberia) CEO, Patrice Lobet, announces a new sustainability action plan to strengthen and restore confidence in the company’s sustainability credentials. The time-bound action plan will enable GVL to:

  • Properly assess and implement meaningful programmes rather than try to construct fixes to meet externally mandated timelines;
  • Recruit locally experienced professionals to help guide the journey in a Liberia-appropriate way;
  • Reconnect with and rebuild the trust of communities in which GVL operates and which are a core constituency of the business.

Our journey will involve:

  • Contracting of well-respected and experienced implementation partners to address the most pressing issues.
  • Strengthening of the local management team through the hiring of a locally experienced GM Sustainability and a senior stakeholder engagement and communications professional.
  • Formalised support from GAR sustainability division to ensure compliance with GSEP given GAR’s majority investor role.
  • Third party assessments on GVL’s implementation of sustainability policies and procedures.

Patrice Lobet believes that full implementation of the action plan will allow GVL to emerge in 12-18 months as a strong example of, and advocate for, sustainable palm oil production in Liberia. Read the statement here And a summary of the sustainability action plan here.

MONROVIA – Golden Veroleum Liberia says its headquarters will fully move to Sinoe end of July 2017 with several staff members in Monrovia reassigned to headquarters office in Sinoe and sub offices in Grand Kru County. GVL will maintain a representative office in Monrovia.

GRAND KRU COUNTY, Liberia – More than 200 students in Wedabo-Gbanken Community and its surroundings are enjoying a modern elementary school recently constructed and dedicated by Southeastern Liberia’s biggest oil palm company, Golden Veroleum Liberia. The four-classroom elementary school is part of GVL's ongoing commitments to support the development of local communities in Grand Kru through education and other basic social services.

GRAND KRU COUNTY, Liberia – More than 120 citizens of Grand Kru County were treated during week-long free surgical operations conducted by the Liberia Surgical Outreach Program (LISOP) with sponsorship from Golden Veroleum Liberia at the Rally Town Hospital in Grand Cess, Grand Kru County.

During the operations, individuals with various illnesses including hernia, hydroceles, goiters, uterus, and fibroids were treated. The program which exceeded its target of 100 persons included pre- and post-surgical treatment, feeding of patients and transportation of targeted beneficiaries to and from their respective villages and towns by Golden Veroleum Liberia.

Attached is GVL’s full response to Global Witness’ October report on GVL and the socio-economic report they commissioned by Sync Consult. This report is a follow-up to the preliminary response which was published in late October on our website [LINK].

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