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Golden Veroleum Liberia Responds to Global Witness Report

GVL strongly refutes the allegations contained in the Global Witness (GW) report regarding our operations in Liberia. We recently met with GW in London to respond to 20 draft assertions submitted to us for comment ahead of the report publication. Our responses are publicly available on our website: 2015-07-08 GVL Information to Global Witness Assertions

GRAND COUNTY KRU, Liberia (July 20, 2015) – Golden Veroleum Liberia Senior Managing Director Matt Karinen has reaffirmed his company’s support and commitments to enhancing Liberia’s educational sector and has highlighted the economic and positive social impacts of oil palm industry in Liberia.

Using the occasion marking the second graduation ceremony of 130 students with bachelor of science degrees from the William V.S. Tubman University held Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the St. Teresa Cathedral Catholic Church in Harper, Maryland, Karinen congratulated the class for its achievements while recommitting GVL’s continued support and partnership with the university.

GRAND COUNTY KRU, Liberia (July 20, 2015) - Golden Veroleum Liberia has increased its workforce in Grand Kru with the recruitment of additional batch of 16 locals in Ylatwen, and Wedabo-Grandcess Administrative District and with the employment of 6 Administrative Staffs in Sorroken and Garraway in Trehn Statutory District.

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MONROVIA – During the incident May 26, 2015, against GVL employees and property two employees received injuries leading to hospitalization, several others were treated locally, employee housing was broken into, vandalized and their private property stolen. Company rice warehouse, storing rice that is part of May wages, was forced open and looted. Currently LNP has declared the site a crime scene and GVL considers the Butaw farm to be in a Force Majeure situation due to employee security and the damage.

MONROVIA - Recent comments by Liberia’s Vice President Dr. Joseph Boakai towards Golden Veroleum Liberia Liberianization policy have been welcomed by the Oil Palm Company.

GVL notes that despite challenges in infrastructure conditions coupled with the Ebola outbreak effects on its operation, as well as currently still evolving national regulations, GVL will continue to work closely with government and local communities to achieve its oil palm objective by providing benefits to communities through employment, small business opportunities and sustained rural development.

SINOE COUNTY, Liberia (April 19, 2015) – a four member delegation from the Sinoe County Association in the Americas, Ambassador Enterprise and Innovative Education Liberia recently ended a multi-day visit to Liberia, including a day trip to Golden Veroleum’s Wakefield Nursery in Sinoe County.

According to Professor Gary Friesen, who leads Ambassador’s educational technology programs, the visit was part of a long-term plan to help improve the educational system in Liberia. Under the Ambassador proposal, the potential for the program could positively impact in the Liberian Southeast. 

MONROVIA  – GVL is again inviting NGOs to sustained fieldwork and dialogue with the company and the local communities of South East Liberia. The company is today the South East’s largest employer with more than 3,600 jobs providing wages, that are five times the national average, and benefits, after signing direct agreements with more than half-a-dozen communities and clans for the development of oil palm farms. The company recognizes the Liberian communities as the true owners and decision makers of their land and therefore practices the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) principle in its engagement with all communities.

MONROVIA, Liberia (April 2, 2015) - Over 1,000 residents and business traders of Jacksonville, Tarjuowon Statutory District took to the streets this week in jubilation during a dedication of a six-kilometer road constructed by Golden Veroleum Liberia, a first of its kind in history. 

The road links both Sonnuhn to Jacksonville towns, and provides a conduit for easy access for travelers emanating from surrounding communities. With smile beaming on their faces, the road project valued at over $70,000 dollars will serve Sonouhn Town, Jacksonville, Unification city, Bestnewlue and Shaw David town among others.

By David Yates

Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Varney A. Sirleaf, has said that Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and Butaw citizens in Sinoe County have finally resolved to work together. Addressing a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, Minister Sirleaf said the government was pleased with the level of collaboration between citizens and the company.

“We are very pleased with the level of intervention and progress we’ve made,” he said. “Today, we can safely say that we are on the road to settlement and more development in Sinoe.”

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