GVL has established a Social and Community Engagement Policy for its oil palm development in Liberia, consistent with its Concession Agreement and the GSEP of GVL’s principal investors.
With this policy, GVL aims to improve the lives of people, and in particular those living in local resident communities, through its palm oil business development.
Core to this is a commitment to:
GVL respects and recognizes the long term customary and individual rights of the local communities to their land, and commits to ensuring Free, Prior and Informed Consent from these communities prior to commencing any new operations. Implementation of this policy will include:
We will develop and maintain processes for the responsible handling of all concerns and grievances at the local, national, and international levels. These processes will be developed in consultation with stakeholders, and will be made publicly available.
We commit to actively promote and support the responsible resolution of any conflicts involving GVL operations. This will include working with relevant stakeholders to ensure that conflicts are resolved through a process that is reasonably agreed upon by all relevant parties involved, respects customary, individual and democratic rights, and ensures the free prior and informed consent of relevant stakeholders, in accordance of applicable norms, to any resolution agreements. We also commit to doing our best to prevent any use of violence, coercion, harassment or intimidation by any involved party.
We commit to actively and constructively engage with GVL’s stakeholders, including communities, government, customers, and civil society at the local, national and international levels. This includes a commitment to make information regarding the impacts of our operations publicly available. We will seek to ensure that information is provided in formats relevant to affected stakeholders. We also commit to open and transparent negotiation for joint management activities. We expect the same commitment from all stakeholders, and we will not avoid to say what should be said, with the belief that frank and factual discourse shall be acceptable to all.
In line with our Concession Agreement, we will develop and implement empowering community development and outgrower programs for the local resident communities in which we operate. These programs will be developed through an open, consultative and collaborative process.
We commit to uphold and promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all employees, workers, contractors, indigenous people, and local communities in all company operations.
We commit to ensure that the rights of all people working in our operations are respected according to local, national, and ratified international laws. We provide equal opportunities for all employees and workers, and embrace diversity regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation or union membership, while recognizing that communities who engage GVL to develop their land shall receive priority of initial opportunities. This is in line with GVL’s internal Human Resource Policy.
We will continue to comply with all relevant national laws and regulations as well as RSPO Principles and Criteria.