MONROVIA – As a company committed to responsible oil palm development and with a long-standing policy of no-deforestation, Golden Veroleum Liberia endorses and supports the commitments made at COP22 under the Marrakesh Declaration for the sustainable development of the oil palm sector in Africa, signed on 16 November 2016. The declaration is aligned with our no-deforestation Forest Conservation Policy implemented across our operations in Liberia.
MONROVIA – Golden Veroleum Liberia welcomes and strongly supports the agreement on a unified approach to implementing No Deforestation Commitments announced on 8 November 2016 by Greenpeace in Bangkok, Thailand. The High Carbon Stock Convergence Agreement is the outcome of discussions conducted by the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Convergence Working Group from October 2015 through November 2016.
MONROVIA – GVL is disappointed to see Global Witness (GW) and Sync Consult make erroneous claims in their reports published on October 19, 2016. On multiple occasions since 2015, GVL has invited Global Witness to come and see on the ground the work we are doing to develop the business. Although they have not responded we still do encourage them to meet with us in Liberia and understand what is happening directly.
MONROVIA – Golden Veroleum Liberia, in partnership with its host communities in Sinoe and Grand Kru, has opened six community development fund accounts and deposited US$92,490.90 to date in these.
Golden Veroleum Liberia welcomes the Rights and Resources Initiative (Liberia) Coalition's letter of appreciation. GVL is willing and open to participate in any NGO and civil society events and happenings that seek to improve constructive dialogue between the commercial and community support sectors and which have the aims of achieving more effective outcomes for communities and better conservation of Liberia's natural resources.
MONROVIA – Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) rejects erroneous assertions about the proposed sale of timber from palm oil concessions and makes it clear that its development work in Liberia is in line with national and international laws on the protection of forests and also endangered species. GVL has always made it clear that it will never seek to engage in any form of commercial logging.
GRAND KRU COUNTY, Liberia – Oil palm giant Golden Veroleum Liberia has dedicated three newly constructed public schools in Grand Kru County and rehabilitated two more as part of its ongoing commitments to support the development of local communities. The schools include three classroom kindergarten/ elementary schools in Ylatwen and Big Town, and a six classroom elementary school in Piddy/Nyanbo. GVL rehabilitated a six classroom school in Beloken in Trembo District, and Wutuken in Wedabo District.
MONROVIA – A group of 109 students from the Agricultural College of the United Methodist University in Gbazon Town, Juarzon Statutory District, Sinoe County are currently benefiting from vacation jobs provided by Golden Veroleum Liberia over a period of two months in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties. The students are assigned to suitable job roles in Butaw, Kpanyan, Tarjuowon, Tartweh and Nitrain in Sinoe and in Sorroken, Wedabo and Garraway in Grand Kru County.
MONROVIA – An American teacher, Elizabeth Johnson, and her community has through Oil Palm developer Golden Veroleum Liberia donated 102 cartons of books to 14 schools in Butaw, Juarzon, Tarjuowon, Numopoh, Tartweh and Nitrain communities in Sinoe County. The move seeks to help communities develop a learning environment where requisite books are available to improve the learning capacity of children.
MONROVIA – Golden Veroleum Liberia strongly rejects the suggestion that it had applied for "a permit to allow logging for export in its Concession Area" as suggested in the Front Page Africa article of 11 July 2016 titled "Liberia's Forest in Danger - International conservationists Alarm".
At no stage has GVL sought, or proposed, to deforest agreed forest conservation areas for Oil Palm development. It has stated on several occasions that it will never sell timber from within its concession area for profit. GVL made a request to the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) on behalf of one community to permit the community to collect logs from an area that had already been agreed for development of oil palm.