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Nigerian CSOs challenge Wilmar's palm oil expansion plans in Cross River State

27 November, 2012

Nigerian NGOs and community leaders have filed a formal complaint with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil challenging the proposals of the palm oil transnational Wilmar International to expand its operations in Cross River State in the Southeast of the country. The CSOs allege that Wilmar has failed to follow required legal procedures, has not recognised the full extent of communities' legal and customary rights and has failed to get the free, prior and informed consent of affected groups. They have called on the company to suspend its plans to expand its plantations until it is in full compliance with the RSPO's protocols.

Click here to read the complaint, 10 November 2012 

Wilmar's response to complaint, 8 December 2012

Rainforest Resource and Development Centre (RRDC)'s response to letter from Wilmar, 26 December 2012

RRDC's letter to Wilmar through RSPO, 5 February 2013

RRDC's letter to RSPO re Wilmar's operations at Obasanjor Farms, 6 February 2013

Wilmar's second response to RRDC, 13 February 2013

RRDC's letter to Wilmar, 4 March 2013

RSPO Complaint Panel Requires Wilmar to cease expansion - RSPO letter to Wilmar, 14 May 2013