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5 Feb 2013

Golden Veroleum Liberia

Golden Veroleum Liberia response

Golden Veroleum (Liberia), Inc, ("GVL") began operating in Liberia in late 2010 and currently employs 2,471 Liberians, of whom 2,212 in the County of Sinoe. As a business, we comply with Liberian national laws and regulations and as a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil, (RSPO), we comply with its Principles and Criteria to produce sustainable palm oil....But much of this is new for Liberia and we therefore understand that concerns and mistakes will arise. We take concerns and complaints seriously, especially from our stakeholders, the Liberian communities and rural citizens. Where mistakes occur, we take responsibility, and make the necessary changes to the way we work and continue to improve our practices. As part of our continuous engagement with stakeholders, we have invited a recognized, independent not-for-profit organization, The Forest Trust, (TFT), who have experience of development concerns and issues around the world, to meet the relevant constituents in Sinoe and to carry out an independent assessment.