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Wilmar International implicated in police shooting of two farmers on oil palm estate

Indonesian NGOs have protested strongly to the Indonesian government authorities and RSPO about an incident they recorded on 18th December 2017, when police security forces shot and wounded two farmers. The shootings allegedly took place in one of Wilmar International’s oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo.

L’entreprise Wilmar International impliquée dans une fusillade policière contre deux fermiers sur une propriété d’huile de palme

Des ONGs indonésiennes se sont fortement opposées aux autorités du gouvernement d’Indonésie au sujet d’un incident qu’ils ont enregistré le 18 décembre 2017, lorsque des forces de police ont tiré et blessé deux fermiers. Les tirs ont eu lieu sur une des plantations d’huile de palme de l’entreprise Wilmar International, en Kalimantan Centrale, en Indonésie sur l’île de Bornéo.

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.

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.

Press Release - Indonesia: The Governor of Jambi Province must take action to tackle unscrupulous conduct of palm oil plantation PT Asiatic Persada

Nurman Nuri, Leader of the Suku Anak Dalam group 113 of Pinang Tinggi in the Indonesian province of Jambi, stated in a press conference held on 3 October 2013 at the office of Indonesian NGO CAPPA: "We demand that the Governor of Jambi Province immediately revokes the HGU (Business Use Permit) of PT Asiatic Persada, as since its establishment in the 1980s no benefits at all have been derived by the indigenous Suku Anak Dalam living in this territory, only misery."

Indonésie : le géant de l’huile de palme, Wilmar, abandonne encore une fois les communautés locales et met leur avenir en péril

Le géant de l’huile de palme, membre de la Table ronde pour une huile de palme durable (RSPO), Wilmar, a accepté de vendre sa concession de palmier à huile PT Asiatic Persada sans consultation préalable ou respect du consentement libre, préalable et éclairé des communautés autochtones batin sembilan, déjà engagées dans un processus de médiation des conflits fonciers. L’accord de vente passé avec des entreprises non-membres de la RSPO et qui ne sont pas financées par la Société financière internationale compromet le processus de médiation actuel du Compliance/Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) de la Société financière internationale (SFI) sur de nombreux conflits fonciers dans la concession, en cours depuis début 2012.

The World Bank’s Palm Oil Policy

In 2011, the World Bank Group (WBG) adopted a Framework and Strategy for investment in the palm oil sector. The new approach was adopted on the instructions of former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, after a damning audit by International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) semi-independent Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) had shown that IFC staff were financing the palm oil giant, Wilmar, without due diligence and contrary to the IFC’s Performance Standards. Wilmar is the world’s largest palm oil trader, supplying no less than 45% of globally traded palm oil. The audit, carried out in response to a series of detailed complaints[1] from Forest Peoples Programme and partners, vindicated many of our concerns that Wilmar was expanding its operations in Indonesia in violation of legal requirements, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards and IFC norms and procedures. Almost immediately after the audit was triggered, IFC divested itself of its numerous other palm oil investments in Southeast Asia.

Politique de la Banque mondiale en matière d’huile de palme

En 2011, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale (GBM) a adopté un cadre et une stratégie d’investissement dans le secteur de l’huile de palme. La nouvelle approche a été adoptée sur instruction de l’ancien Président de la Banque mondiale, Robert Zoellick, après un audit accablant du Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) semi-indépendant de la Société financière internationale (SFI), qui constatait que la SFI finançait le géant de l’huile de palme, Wilmar, sans faire preuve de la diligence requise et de façon contraire aux normes de performance de la SFI. Wilmar est le plus grand négociant d’huile de palme au monde, fournissant pas moins de 45 % de l’huile de palme commercialisée à l’échelle globale. L’audit, effectué en réponse à une série de plaintesdétaillées du Forest Peoples Programme et de ses partenaires, a confirmé nombre de nos préoccupations quant au fait que Wilmar développait ses activités en Indonésie en violation des prescriptions légales, des normes de la RSPO et des normes et procédures de la SFI. Presque immédiatement après la mise en place de l'audit, la SFI a renoncé à ses nombreux autres investissements dans le secteur de l’huile de palme en Asie du Sud-Est.