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Liberia: NGO report alleges continuing abuses on Bridgestone/Firestone rubber plantation

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15 August 2008

[DOC] Response of Bridgestone Firestone to Save My Future Foundation statement

Author: Tina Gaines, Bridgestone Firestone

We’d like your readers to know that Firestone has completed and is operating a new state-of-the-art, multimillion dollar water treatment facility that re-routes water from its factory through equalization and clarification tanks and into constructed wetlands on the Firestone property for natural, biological treatment. This process was developed in cooperation with the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency and the foremost environmental wetlands expert in the world, Dr. Robert Knight... The unwarranted and negative characterization by SAMFU of these highly sophisticated and scientifically tested wetlands treatment pools shows just how little that group knows about 21st century environmental management.

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28 July 2008

Response by Firestone Natural Rubber (part of Bridgestone): The Heavy Load report alleges continuing abuses on Firestone rubber plantation. Includes rejoinder by Save my Future Foundation & further response by Firestone

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18 July 2008

New Report Details Widespread Abuses on Firestone’s Rubber Plantation in Liberia

Author: International Labor Rights Forum, Institute for Policy Studies, Save My Future Foundation

A new report released today…titled “The Heavy Load: A Demand for Fundamental Changes at the Bridgestone/Firestone Rubber Plantation in Liberia”… exposes poor living and working conditions for rubber tappers, a meager pension system, barriers to educational and health access, water and air pollution and violations of workers’ right to organize. The report is also one of the first examinations of the role that several different security forces operating on the plantation play in violating the rights of workers, their families and communities surrounding the plantation.

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1 July 2008

[PDF] The Liberian Civil War (1989-2003)

Author: Firestone Natural Rubber Company

Since the end of the war, the Company has already invested almost $59 million in improving the conditions in Liberia and intends to invest tens of millions more. Almost 1,000 homes have been built r renovated, and approximately 4,000 additional homes will be constructed. The Company currently operates 23 schools that teach nearly 15,000 children and 18 health care facilities that treat employees and their families as well as other members of the Liberian community.

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1 June 2008

[PDF] The Heavy Load: a demand for fundamental changes for changes at the Bridgestone/Firestone rubber plantation in Liberia

Author: Save My Future Foundation

This report [is]… a follow up to SAMFU’s …2005 report “Firestone: the Mark of Modern Slavery” …[The report shows that while] Firestone…has made some changes to address some of the problems...some of these changes fall far short of the…reforms…needed to improve the living and working conditions of employees… Investigations…established that there is a presence on the Firestone concession area, of…militia forces…[which] are allegedly harassing and torturing community members in the name of curbing illicit tapping… It has also been claimed that members of the [PPD] Task Force [operating at Firestone] are responsible for the death of one community member… [The] report also examines…the provision of basic social services including health and education for Firestone’s employees and their families...[and] trade union issues.

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