Cambodia: NGOs urge ANZ to "stay engaged until proper remedies are provided to the victims" instead of simply pulling out of sugar project linked to serious abuses

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4 February 2014

ANZ’s response to the statement of Equitable Cambodia and Inclusive Development International regarding its link to Phnom Penh Sugar [Cambodia]

Author: ANZ

ANZ has requested Phnom Penh Sugar to have a direct dialogue with the NGOs and community leaders and we will continue to review the way the company addresses its social and environmental obligations.

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Article
29 January 2014

Dropping Phnom Penh Sugar without compensating its victims will not relieve ANZ’s responsibility [Cambodia]

Author: Equitable Cambodia & Inclusive Development Initiatives

Equitable Cambodia and Inclusive Development International call upon ANZ to right the wrongs it has done by financing the Phnom Penh Sugar plantation and not just jump ship…Eang Vuthy, Executive Director of Equitable Cambodia, said: “We are very concerned that ANZ will just pull out of the project and leave the people in the cold. We urge ANZ to uphold the commitments it made under the Equator Principles and stay engaged until proper remedies are provided to the victims” David Pred, Managing Associate of Inclusive Development International, responded: “Exiting the relationship would be an all-too-easy route for ANZ to take to try to make this story go away, but the fact is this story is not going away for the hundreds of families who have been impoverished by the project ANZ made possible.”…[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited ANZ to respond. Response provided.]

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Article
23 January 2014

ANZ monitors Cambodian sugar client accused of human rights abuses

Author: ABC New (Australia)

ANZ says it is carefully monitoring the situation at a Cambodian sugar plantation linked to child labour, forced evictions and land grabs backed by the military…The bank says it has…asked the sugar company to hold direct talks with community leaders…"Where impacts are identified that are not consistent with ANZ's policies, our aim is to be a positive force for engagement and for change," the bank said. "Where we have found that a client does not meet our environmental and social standards and they are not willing to adapt their practices, ANZ has declined funding or exited the relationship." [refers to ANZ Royal, Phnom Penh Sugar]

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Article
23 January 2014

Phnom Penh Sugar responds to questions [Cambodia]

Author: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

…The allegations are not accurate and have greatly oversimplified the actual process. The land in question was hardly developed and without an apparent community before we have obtained the rights for the plantation…When the protests got feistier and violent, our properties were practically burnt down to the ground. That was when a security unit was called in, not by us but the local provincial authority…Fingerprints of the local folks, upon receiving the compensations, prove that they are satisfied with the arrangements…It is too much of a fantasy to figure that people needed to be fed, or they would starve to death. It may be true in certain parts of Africa but not in Cambodia…Any direct application of child labour, previously put in force by the families themselves, is strictly prohibited and stopped. However, we can't transform long tradition of families tagging along their under-age children…

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