GVL Gets Another Recognition From Civil Rights Actors In Liberia

Monrovia – Oil Palm Giant Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) Inc.  was recognized as the “Best Performed Concession Company Of The Year “by the Free Conscious Independent And Objective Thinkers Of Liberia for maintaining cordial relationships with communities and its employees over the last 12 months.

Presenting the Certificate of Honor over the weekend in Monrovia, the National Chairman of the Group, Morris S. Swen noted that GVL has played a major role in reducing poverty in the Southeast and has provided long term prosperity for its employees and communities in its operational areas. He added that the company has put in place a workable welfare system including of sustainable income and benefits, workers’ housing with continuous electricity and water, free health care delivery for employees and their dependents and community dwellers, support to education and construction and rehabilitation of schools and health facilities. “We have assembled here today for the singular purpose of giving honor to whom its due and in this case, it is the Management of Golden Veroleum Liberia and its dynamic Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Ferdy S. Handojo.”

He continued that   the Free Conscious Independent And Objective Thinkers Of Liberia have established that GVL makes annual contributions to host communities’ Community Development Funds for community based projects, such as infrastructural improvements that benefits the entire communities.

The group presented two certificates, one to GVL Management and the other to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Ferdy S. Handojo for his role played in sustaining the company in Liberia.  The CEO was gowned and given the name “Koffa” by the group, saying he’s now a Liberian from the Southeast. Mr. Handojo took over GVL as CEO in 2018 at a time when the company received a stop work order from RSPO due to a complaint logged by Civil Society Organizations which led to the launching of the Company’s Sustainability Action Plan, engaging The Forest Trust (now Earthworm Foundation) to guide its implementation.

Receiving the two honors, GVL CEO lauded the group for recognizing the efforts of GVL in the country and reaffirmed the company’s commitment to working in Liberia and improving the well-being of host communities and employees.

This is the second time the company has received such award in less than two months from Civil Rights Actors in Liberia.

In December 2021, GVL received the Outstanding Concession Company of The Year award from the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Liberia.