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26 Jun 2013

Zsombor Peter, Cambodia Daily

Group Considers Complaint Against Sugar Giant [Cambodia]

A London-based sugar trade association aiming to promote a more ethical and sustainable industry will meet early next month to consider a request from Cambodian farmers that it eject U.K.-based sugar firm Tate & Lyle from the group unless it gives them their land back…Equitable Cambodia, a local NGO, filed a complaint against Tate & Lyle on behalf of the families with Bonsucro—the sugar trade association…—two years ago…In December Bonsucro agreed to form a task force to investigate the complaint…Bonsucro chief executive…confirmed that the group’s board of directors will meet on July 8 to consider the task force recommendations. He said the recommendations would be based both on the families’ complaint and a response from Tate & Lyle...The Koh Kong families are also suing Tate & Lyle at the High Court of Justice in London for damages for lost farm earnings...[Also refers to BP, Coca-Cola]

Part of the following timelines

Bonsucro sugar trade association to reconsider Tate & Lyle’s membership after complaint from Cambodian farmers of alleged forced displacement & inadequate compensation

Koh Kong sugar plantation lawsuits (re Cambodia)