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Respecting Rights? Assessing Oil Palm Companies’ Compliance with FPIC Obligations: A case study of Maryland Oil Palm Plantation in south-eastern Liberia

This review is the result of several years of fieldwork by the Liberian civil society organisation Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SESDev), in partnership with the UK-based Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and is part of a UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) funded project that examines putting into practice in Liberia the FAO Technical Guide entitled ‘Respecting free, prior and informed consent, Practical guidance for governments, companies, NGOs, indigenous peoples and local communities in relation to land acquisition’.

Wilmar fails to resolve conflicts with communities in West Kalimantan and West Sumatra

In December 2013, following pressure from its customers and investors, the palm oil giant Wilmar committed to delinking its entire supply chain, including joint ventures and third-party suppliers, from deforestation, peatland development, and human rights abuses.  The commitment, to be fully implemented by December 2015, was welcomed by groups who had tracked and criticised Wilmar for its environmental destruction and human rights abuses. Two years on however, despite its promises, Wilmar has failed to resolve many long standing conflicts between its operations and impacted communities. The following material looks at a couple of cases where Wilmar has failed to resolve its conflicts with communities.

Wilmar gagal menyelesaikan konflik dengan masyarakat di Kalimantan Barat dan Sumatra Barat

Pada bulan Desember 2013, setelah mendapat tekanan dari para pelanggan dan investor, raksasa kelapa sawit Wilmar berkomitmen untuk memutus seluruh rantai pasokan, termasuk usaha patungan dan pemasok pihak ketiga, dari deforestasi, pengembangan lahan gambut, dan pelanggaran hak asasi manusia. Komitmen ini, yang akan diberlakukan secara penuh pada bulan Desember 2015, disambut baik oleh kelompok-kelompok yang sebelumnya telah melacak dan mengkritik Wilmar atas kerusakan lingkungan dan pelanggaran hak asasi manusia. Dua tahun telah berlalu, namun meski pun telah mengutarakan janji-janji, Wilmar telah gagal menyelesaikan banyak konflik yang telah lama berlangsung antara perusahaan-perusahaan miliknya dan masyarakat yang terkena dampak. Materi berikut mengamati beberapa kasus di mana Wilmar telah gagal untuk menyelesaikan konflik dengan masyarakat.

The Maninjau Resolution

The Maninjau Resolution

28th January 2016

Wilmar’s broken promises: we want action not just pledges

The world’s largest palm oil trading company, Wilmar International Ltd. (F34.SI / WLIL.SI), promised ‘Zero Exploitation’ throughout its supply chain alongside its commitment to ‘Zero Deforestation’. As human rights workers and NGOs that support the rights of the indigenous peoples and local communities in Indonesia and internationally, we NGOs who assembled here near Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra on 26-28 January 2016, declare the following.

Resolusi Maninjau

Resolusi Maninjau28 Januari 2016

Wilmar, “Kami butuh tindakan bukan ikrar”

Perusahaan perdagangan minyak sawit terbesar dunia, Wilmar International Ltd. (F34.SI / WLIL.SI), berikrar untuk menjalankan kebijakan ‘Nol Eksploitasi’ atau ‘Zero Exploitation’ di seluruh rantai pasoknya seiring dengan komitmennya untuk ‘Nol Deforestasi’. Sebagai NGO dan pegiat Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM) yang mendukung hak-hak masyarakat adat dan komunitas lokal -baik di Indonesia maupun di dunia, kami, sejumlah NGO dan masyarakat yang berkumpul di lereng bukit tepi Danau Maninjau, Sumatra Barat, 26-28 Januari 2016, menyampaikan pernyataan-pernyataan berikut: