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Oilseed sector

The SIFCA Group makes clarifications.

 

 
 

SIFCA Group, its subsidiaries PALMCI, MOPP, BOPP and associated company (WILMAR) are regularly the subject of allegations concerning the expropriation of land (rural land), human rights violations and deforestation. While we regret these controversies, we feel it is necessary to inform stakeholders of the facts on these issues.

 

• For land issues

In Côte d’Ivoire, SIFCA through its subsidiaries (PALMCI, SAPH, SUCRIVOIRE) has inherited of former industrial plantations from Ivoirian Government. In Liberia, SIFCA/MOPP signed a 25 years Concession Agreement with the Government of Liberia to rehabilitate and develop 8800 ha of palm in the former DECORIS palm and former LIBSUCO sugar plantations located in PLEEBO SODOKEN District.

 

For these existing concessions, preliminary Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) were conducted by EPAL in collaboration with local communities, in order to make sure environmental and social impacts of the project are taken into consideration. An environmental and social management plan was then developed. For example, during the community engagement at DECORIS there were 2 farms reported as deeded farms and were treated accordingly.

 

For the new land acquisitions in Liberia (SARBO and WLOWEIN), the entire process of land demarcation, participatory mapping and crops compensation was done with the involvement of the entire stakeholders and local communities taking into consideration the legal scheme before land preparation. The FPIC process was implemented and others national regulations processes findings are available.

• Related to Human Rights

The sustainability policy implemented by the SIFCA Group within its subsidiaries defines a decent living environment and safe working conditions. It also enables community development projects (school, health and social infrastructures, access to drinking water, etc.) to improve the living conditions of local populations.

 

As part of our relations with the communities, the SIFCA Group has set up a Permanent Dialogue Framework which is a joint committee between the subsidiaries and the communities under the supervision of the local administration or NGOs.

 

In Liberia, in addition to the Community Liaison Committee, MOPP deploys a stakeholder platform (Susbtainable Agriculture Stakeholder Initiatives). This framework is transparently driven by the different communities. Chiefs and elders of those surrounded communities came together and form an association called ACESCO to reinforce the collaboration with MOPP.

 

In addition, MOPP supports local communities, providing Scholarship, Healthcare and Community Development Fund. For example, as agreed in the concession agreement about the scholarship, MOPP provides yearly 60,000 USD/year to the Tubman University and 20,000 USD/year to the United Methodist University. Since 2011, more than 520,000 USD and 100,000 USD have been provided respectively to TU and UMU. And more than 150 000 USD provided as scholarship for children of surrounding communities.

• SIFCA and climate resilience

SIFCA Group has been committed for more than 13 years to the preservation of the environment. This commitment was reinforced in 2017, with the implementation of a "zero deforestation" policy. A policy that materializes the criteria for preserving biodiversity on our sites and defines the provisions to be observed for the extension of new plantations. In Côte d’Ivoire, we collaborate with national institutions. Thus, the SIFCA Group has established several partnerships with the :

 

 

In Liberia, MOPP is integrating international standards in its practices in any new land acquisition. So, beyond the ESIA assessments, MOPP is conducting complementary assessments like High Carbon Stock (HCS), High Conservation Values (HCV), and FPIC process according to the IFC standards. The SIFCA group has been implementing, since 2020, a satellite monitoring project of deforestation in its supply chain in Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia.