Response from Ocho Sur to allegations of not respecting indigenous peoples' rights in the Peruvian Amazon
Ocho Sur is saddened by misrepresentations about it in some publications. Below are some interesting facts about Ocho Sur:
- In conformance with Peruvian law, Ocho Sur maintains more than 20 permits and authorizations to perform its activities.
- During the health crisis in Peru Ocho Sur has continued its operations under specific permission granted by the Peruvian authorities.
- Ocho Sur has become the largest employer in the region in which we operate. We offer good wages, fully paid housing, all meals (free of charge) and formal, electronic paycheck deposits to more than 1,700 people. The benefits of this extend to the thousands of their direct and extended family members.
- ... During the pandemic as prices collapsed and demand for products shrunk dramatically, and companies throughout the country were laying off employees, Ocho Sur actually increased what it pays to its people. We started by simply giving them payroll advances to send home to their families, then we started giving loans for those whose families needed more, and when their needs continued to grow, we simply gave out bonuses that never need to be paid back….
- · With respect to our care for the environment, Ocho Sur has:
- ... Focused exclusively on improving the agronomy on already planted palms – we have not expanded these areas at all and have no plans to plant any additional palms
- ...Invested significantly in renewable energy projects...