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Company Response

12 Feb 2013

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe

Response to your enquiry regarding alleged behaviour of Kaweri Coffee Plantation, Uganda

In 2000, the land that the Kaweri farm is on today was chosen together with the Ugandan government for the set-up of a sustainable coffee farm. Kaweri Coffee Plantation….does not- and never has – owned the land…[it is] leased from…the Ugandan state….The previous owner had…informed the people having settled there…about the upcoming sale and subsequently made offers of compensation….Kaweir itself was [not]…involved in the compensation payment negotiations…A few individual residents…refused to move…These person were subsequently forced to leave the land; government authorities assisted the former owner in this process…Those legal proceedings happened without NG or Kaweri having known about it and before the lease contract was signed. NG very much then and now regrets how these 25 families were treated….In 2009, a complaint was filed against NG because of alleged violations for the OECD Guidelines….In 2011, the National Point of Contact of the OECD…acquitted NG from all charges…