UpdateFPP and 18 other NGOs, including local organisations in Indonesia, have been involved in a long-running process to get redress for the IFC’s persistent violations of its social and environmental policies in the palm oil sector in Indonesia. For over five years IFC has been providing financial support to the company Wilmar Trading / Wilmar International, one of the world’s largest palm oil dealers, directly and through various subsidiaries. In August 2007, FPP with other concerned NGOs and local organisations in Indonesia filed a complaint with the IFC Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) about this financing, alleging serious social and environmental problems in Wilmar’s operations, as well as violations of IFC’s own standards and procedures in making these credits and loans.
Submission to provide advice to the ADB's ongoing update of their safeguard policies, including their policy on safeguarding the rights of indigenous peoples
A new report by the Forest Peoples Programme launched today demands greater accountability from HSBC, the biggest bank funding the palm oil sector in South East Asia. The fast-expanding palm oil sector is known to be a major driver of deforestation and the take-over of indigenous peoples' lands without their consent. Conflicts between indigenous peoples and palm oil companies are widespread in Malaysia and Indonesia.
The fast-expanding palm oil sector is known to be a major driver of deforestation and of the take-over of indigenous peoples' lands without their consent. This report calls on HSBC to put pressure on the 17 major palm oil corporate groups that are among its clients in order to end violations of forest peoples' rights.
A synthesis of training materials devised for communities and companies, and also local government, about how successful procedures can be carried out in line with the principle of FPIC - free, prior and informed consent - to enable indigenous peoples, local communities and other stakeholders to express their views in negotiations and for these views and wishes to be included in the RSPO's decision-making processes.
A recent independent NGO report on the World Bank-funded Lanco Power Station project in Chhattisgarh, India shows serious negative consequences for local communities, including loss of land, polluted rivers and receding water levels. The project is funded by the private sector arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which adopted in 2006 a new set of social and environmental safeguards, which the report finds have not been properly applied.
In July 2007, Forest Peoples Programme with 18 other NGOs including local groups in Indonesia filed a complaint with the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) about the IFC's funding of the palm oil producing and trading company, Wilmar. The complaint raised concerns about the impacts of Wilmar's operations on local communities, company violations of Indonesian laws and environmental policies, and IFC staff's violations of IFC policies and procedures. We also complained that the IFC, as a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), was contravening RSPO rules by asserting on the IFC website that Wilmar's operations were compliant with the RSPO's standard.
An analysis of the social impacts and community engagement process for an IFC-supported project in Chhattisgarh, India. It also provides an assessment of the application of IFC Performance Standard 7 (Indigenous Peoples) and related IFC standards and due diligence requirements, in the light of the project's significant adverse impacts on affected communities. It is based on a detailed reading of project documents, interviews and correspondence with relevant officials, and five days offieldwork conducted in the affected communities in March 2008.
Press Release: Regional consultation on the draft SPS results in refusal by civil society to engage with the draft as it currently stands. Protesting organisations include AMAN, the National Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago
Press Release: The NGO Forum on the ADB, a global coalition of civil society organizations, collectively pulls out from the current consultations on a new safeguard system for the ADB, due to weaknesses in the draft. The Forum calls for the draft to be reissued for new public consultations.
Letter sent to the President by the NGO Forum on ADB.
Letter sent to the Board of the ADB by the NGO Forum on ADB.
- Unacceptable Weakening of ADB Environmental and Social Standards
- Concerns regarding the Continuation of Public Consultations Based on Deeply Flawed and Missing Documents
A critical briefing compiled to highlight the grave concerns that civil society has regarding the current draft of the ADB's new proposed Safeguard Policy.
FPP letter of protest to the Supreme Court of India