CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberia / Salala Rubber Corporation-01/Margibi and Bong

Complainant
Community members from twenty-two communities located in the Margibi and Bong counties in Liberia (Confidential)
Date Filed
May 27, 2019
Concerns
Land grab and forced eviction, lack of consultation, economic displacement and loss of livelihood, employment conditions and labor rights violations, water pollution, gender-based violence and threats of reprisals and intimidation
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman
 

Synopsis

Project Overview  

IFC has an active project with Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) which is Liberia’s fourth largest rubber producing and processing company. IFC provided a $10 million A Loan to SRC, to finance SRC’s plans to rehabilitate, expand, and optimize its plantations, which had been neglected during several years of civil war in Liberia.

 

Complaint 

On May 27, 2019, a complaint was submitted to CAO by four NGOs representing twenty-two communities from the Margibi and Bong counties in Liberia, who have requested their identities be kept confidential. The complaint raises concerns related to land grab and forced eviction, lack of consultation, economic displacement and loss of livelihood, employment conditions and labor rights violations, water pollution, gender-based violence and threats of reprisals and intimidation.  

 

CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible for further assessment in June 2019 and has begun an assessment of the complaint. 

 

Status

The assessment of the case is ongoing

 

Status as of September 9, 2019

 

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 determine what options are available to address the complaint through CAO's Dispute Resolution and Compliance functions.

 

Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
Salala Rubber Corporation 26510
Company
Salala Rubber Corporation
Sector
Natural Fibers
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Liberia
Environmental Category
B
Commitment
$10 million A Loan

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: In Process

Compliance