The Government of Liberia has identified Sustainable oil palm development as one of the key pillars in rebuilding Liberia’s rural economy and reducing poverty. In the rural South East where GVL operates, GVL is committed to benefitting the communities by providing stable incomes through employment, purchasing goods and services from local communities and building infrastructure which will help stimulate the local economies.
Where communities provide land for GVL’s operations, GVL also contributes to a Community Development Fund (CDF), which is administered by local community appointees and GVL representatives. Funds from the CDF are typically used for projects which benefit the community. This is addition to specific projects which GVL regularly contributes to via its CSR program.
GVL typically begins exploration for development upon invitation by local communities and undergoes a process to achieve Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from communities before any operations start. This process culminates in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the respective community. The MoU lists the agreed terms for oil palm development between communities and GVL. The list of communities which has MoUs with GVL are listed here. Since MoUs are legal documents between two parties, GVL can only provide the contents to any interested party upon permission by the respective signatories.