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Forest Peoples Programme, Sawit Watch & TUK Indonesia report: "Conflict or consent? The oil palm sector at crossroads"

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 26 November 2013

[Business & & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies named in the report to respond. Golden AgriResources, Golden Veroleum Liberia, REA Holdings, Sime Darby Plantations (Liberia) Incorporated, United Plantations Berhad response provided. Agumil/PPVOMI, Agusan Plantations, Herakles Farms, Musim Mas, SIVA Group have not yet responded. We will indicate here whether they respond. Wilmar International has indicated that it is investigating the issue and will respond at a later date; we will indicate here whether the company responds.] Oil palm has become one of the world’s most controversial crops. Lucrative for some, its social and environmental impacts are often severe…Since 2005, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has required that member companies respect communities’ legal and customary rights and only develop oil palm on their lands with their free, prior and informed consent. Are the companies keeping their promises? Have they changed the way they develop and manage lands since this new standard was adopted? This volume of 16 detailed case studies from six countries seeks to answer these questions…While some RSPO member companies have adopted new standards and procedures, improved their practices on paper…on the ground not much has changed. Land grabs continue, land conflicts are escalating…

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Related companies: Agumil Agusan Plantations Golden Agri-Resources Herakles Capital Herakles Farms (part of Herakles Capital) Musim Mas Palawan Palm & Vegetable Oil Mills (PPVOMI) REA Holdings Sime Darby SIVA Group (India) SMART (PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology Tbk) United Plantations Wilmar International