GVL is resuming its RSPO membership and is in discussions with the Secretariat to ensure alignment of its sustainability action plan with the directives and expectations of the RSPO complaints Panel. 

Sustainability Action Plan

In July, GVL announced plans to reset its sustainability efforts, following a review by incoming CEO Patrice Lobet, and in response to the decisions of the RSPO Complaints Panel.

From late August to mid-September, a 9-person team from The Forest Trust (TFT) and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), GVL’s main investor, conducted an initial field assessment of GVL sustainability operations.

That assessment informs the Sustainability Action Plan announced on 3rd November. CEO Patrice Lobet said, “This plan seeks to strengthen GVL’s Sustainability operations and ensure compliance to international standards including RSPO Principles and Criteria and also to GAR’s Sustainability and Environmental Policy (GSEP). It will be our roadmap to rebuild confidence in GVL’s commitment to responsible practices.”

Details of the action plan can be found on the GVL website here                                

 

Sinoe County – Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has employed five new medical staff among seven (7) new recruits to strengthen its medical and logistics departments in Sinoe County.

The seven (7) employees have been placed in key positions at the company’s estates in Tarjuowon North, South and Butaw.

Registered Nurse, Goretti Sayeh Smith, will take charge of the new clinic in Tarjuowon North estate. The two health posts opened on September 15, 2018.

Luther G. Noah joins as Registrar and Yassah Tiah as Nurse Aide at the Tarjuowon clinic. While Mark Gbior and Jarboe J. Jueswen will take up the positions of Nurse Aide and Registrar respectively in Tarjuowon South.

Sethe Sarplah Osae has been appointed Regional Chef to surpervise all the cooks and domestic cleaners across the company’s properties in Sinoe. Dominic Bobby Jenn has been appointed Logistics and Procurement Officer.

GVL is the largest employer in south east Liberia. The company has recently hired 100 field workers at its Butaw farm site to strengthen the workforce as the company is now harvesting fresh fruit bunches (FFBs). Seven additional truck drivers have also been hired to transport the FFB to the mill in Tarjuowon.

To date, GVL has employed more than 4,000 Liberians with 200 in managerial positions.


Sinoe County – Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has hired two sustainability experts to strengthen the company’s sustainability approach and improve relations with local communities, NGOs and stakeholders, as part of the new sustainability action plan announced in July.

The new sustainability General Manager, Dr. Michael Abedi-Lartey, a Ghanian national with more than 24 years experience in natural resources planning and management centered on Ghana and Liberia, as well as experience in Togo, Burkina Faso, Sirrea Leone, Guinea, and Cote d’Ivoire, will lead the implementation of the new sustainability action plan.

Donald Persadaan Ginting, a versatile agriculturist with extensive experience in sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia and Singapore, will work closely with Michael to help the company achieve compliance with international sustainability standards. He brings to GVL extensive experience in project management, covering technical advisory work, due diligence and a proven track record of delivering professional services.

Recently, the company announced its voluntary withdrawal from membership of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to address on-going criticism of the company’s performance especially in relation to community engagement.

Strengthening the capacity and experience of the GVL Sustainability Department was among a number of key commitments outlined in a draft sustainability action plan, which aims to reset GVL’s sustainability journey to bring it back into the RSPO within 12-18 months.

Mr. Patrice Lobet, GVL CEO, said:”I am delighted to be able to announce the appointment of these two highly qualified and experienced individuals to the GVL team. With their expertise and commitment of our Liberian team, I am confident GVL can move forward with its plans for sustainable palm oil production for the benefit of the local communities and the country.”

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.

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