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15 Jul 2014

Clothilde Le Coz & Marta Kasztelan, Food Navigator Asia

Cambodia: Tate & Lyle resigns from Bonsucro; company claims pending UK lawsuit makes them unable to “play an active role” in the initiative

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“Questions to answer for Tate & Lyle in Cambodian land-grabbing action”, 24 June 2014

…[One] of Britain’s biggest sugar producing companies resigned from…voluntary ethical sugar initiative [Bonsucro]…amid suggestions of illegal land-grabbing…Tate & Lyle said it resigned from the scheme because it was “not able to play an active role in Bonsucro” until the conclusion of the court proceedings in a related suit filed against it in a UK court…[The] sugar giant had offered the plaintiffs $305,000 and 134 hectares of land for dropping the suit. But with the company’s offer rejected, the first hearing is scheduled to take place in October…

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Cambodia: Villagers reject Tate & Lyle Sugar’s latest offer to settle UK lawsuit; company resigns from Bonsucro due to same lawsuit

Koh Kong sugar plantation lawsuits (re Cambodia)