Middle East & North Africa
Morocco / Zalagh-01/Tiddas
According to IFC, Zalar Holding SA (previously Zalagh Holding SA) is a vertically-integrated industrial poultry producer in Morocco, present across the entire poultry meat value chain: grain trading/import, animal feed production, day-old-chick/poultry production, broiler production, poultry slaughtering, and meat processing. The project is mainly financed via IFC’s equity investment of up to US$24 million, and local bank loans.
In March 2016, CAO received a complaint filed on behalf of a coalition of community-based NGOs alleging that the installation of a poultry breeding facility in their village is causing air pollution and subsequent health issues for residents. The complaint is in relation to Atlas Couvoirs, a subsidiary of Zalar Holding Group.
CAO found the complaint eligible for assessment in April 2016, and conducted a field visit to discuss options for addressing the complaint with the relevant parties. During the assessment process, the complainants and the IFC client expressed their willingness to engage in a voluntary dispute resolution process facilitated by CAO. The assessment report is available at the below links in English and Arabic.
A CAO Dispute Resolution process is currently underway.
Note: A CAO assessment does not entail a judgment on the merits of complaints. Rather, the aim is to listen to people's concerns, understand the different perspectives, and gauge whether it is possible to address the concerns in a collaborative process.
Status as of December 16, 2016
- Project Name & Number
- Zalagh 32390
- Global Manufacturing & Services
- ZALAR HOLDING SA
- Poultry Farming
- Middle East & North Africa
- Environmental Category
- Equity US $24 million
- Eligible: Completed
- Assessment Period: Completed
- Facilitating Settlement: In Process