Years of allegations of deforestation, land grabbing and human rights violations catch up with palm oil company

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company operating in Liberia since 2012, last week voluntarily suspended its membership in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) — the sustainability certification body for the industry. GVL’s decision comes after the RSPO rejected the company’s appeal of a ruling that GVL violated RSPO’s Principles and Criteria. 

A February 2018 decision by the RSPO Complaints Panel confirmed a series of ongoing violations by GVL, including failure to implement adequate free, prior and informed consent procedures, destruction of sacred sites and coercion and intimidation of community members to sign agreements with the company.

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