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].

 
 

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, ThailandThe 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.

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.

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