Struggle for Life and Land. Socfin’s Rubber Plantations in Liberia and the Responsibility of Swiss Companies | Land Portal

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February 2019
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This report denounces human rights violations occurring in Socfin Group’s rubber plantations operation in Liberia.

The two Liberian plantation companies Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) and Liberian Agricultural Company (LAC) hold concessions of over 128,000 hectares in Central Liberia. They have been accused of repeatedly abusing international human rights-based standards. The Luxembourgish company Socfin owns SRC and LAC as well as several Swiss subsidiaries, including Sogescol and Socfinco. Activities of these companies have deprived affected communities in Liberia of the use of their customary land to a high degree. All of the subsidiary companies, including the Liberian plantation companies, have the responsibility to prevent and address human rights abuses according to the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.

This report was written in close collaboration with and based on the work and expertise of the Liberian organizations Alliance for Rural Democracy (ARD), Natural Resource Women’s Platform and Green Advocates International, who have been in touch with the local communities for many years and have repeatedly brought their issues to the public.

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Brot für die Welt

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