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Company Response

8 Jul 2015

Golden Veroleum Liberia

Detailed GVL comments matrix response to Global Witness letter

‘Detailed Comments Matrix GVL information response to Global Witness letter of 18 June 2015’, 8 Jul 2015:...GW June 18 statement/ allegation: After the GVL contract period ends, the company’s plantation will be transferred to the Government, making it unlikely that the communities who own the land on which the GVL plantation is located will ever again be able to manage their land. GVL response: Based on our policies, the full GVL Concession Agreement (CA), the approved Liberian Land Policy, the current Land Act in front of the Legislature, and our agreements with communities, GVL believes it to be well established and recognized that the land we have worked on so far is community land, and will revert to communities at the end of any agreement periods. Discussion: GVL will only develop land agreed with host communities under the company’s and RSPO’s FPIC process; we respect and recognise community customary ownership of these lands…