Uganda: Bidco Bev. & Det-03/Kalangala

Date Filed
13 Jan 2017
Status
Closed
Phase
Dispute Resolution (DR)
Country
Uganda

Case Tracker

Eligibility
Eligibility
Assessment
Assessment
Dispute Resolution
Mediation
Monitoring
Closed
Compliance
CURRENT Status
Closed(DISPUTE RESOLUTION)

Complaint Overview

Complainant

National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE)

Concerns

Environmental damage, compensation for expropriated land and loss of livelihood.

Cross-Cutting Issues
Risk Management Land Resettlement Indigenous Peoples Land Climate Change Impacts

Project Information

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Institution
IFC
Name & Number
Bidco Bev & Det 33385
Company
BIDCO AFRICA LIMITED
Sector
Manufacturing
Department
Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services
Category
B
Commitment

US$23 million A loan and up to $13.5 million B loa

Synopsis

Project Overview

IFC has an active project with Bidco Africa, a Kenyan private limited liability company, which is one of East Africa’s leading manufacturers and distributors of fast moving consumer goods. The loan of up to US$36.5 million will support the US$46 million expansion of Bidco Africa. Specifically, the proceeds of the loan will be used for the construction and operation of new facilities to expand Bidco’s production capacity in Kenya.

Complaint

The complaint was filed by the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) on behalf of the Bugala Farmers, located in the Kalangala District, Bugala Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda. The complaint raises concerns about Bidco Africa's operations in Uganda, through Bidco Uganda and Oil Palm Uganda Ltd (OPUL), a subsidiary of Bidco Uganda. The concerns relate to environmental damage, due to deforestation for the purposes of growing palm oil plantations, compensation for expropriated land, impacts on agricultural activities, and loss of livelihood.  

CAO Action

During assessment, the complainants and the company stated their preference to engage with one another through CAO-facilitated dialogue, therefore the complaint was referred to CAO’s Dispute Resolution function. As a result of CAO’s dispute resolution process, the parties reached an agreement in August 2017 to address the complaint issues. The agreement has been kept confidential at the parties’ request.

CAO monitored the implementation of the agreement, as agreed by the parties, and upon completion of the monitoring phase, CAO issued a conclusion report in January 2018. The report summarizes the dispute resolution process, and marks the closure of the case. See “view documents" for documents related to this case.

Status

The case is now closed following monitoring of the agreement reached by the parties.

 Status as of March 6, 2018

 

Case Documents

  • Dispute Resolution

    Complaint
    Letter of complaint
    Jan 13, 2017
    English
    Letter of complaint
    Assessment Report(s)
    CAO Assessment Report
    Jun 01, 2017
    English
    CAO Assessment Report
    CAO Assessment Report
    Jun 01, 2017
    Lugandan
    CAO Assessment Report
    IFC's Response to CAO's Assessment Report
    Jun 01, 2017
    English
    IFC's Response to CAO's Assessment Report
    Close-out Report(s)
    Dispute Resolution Conclusion Report
    Jan 01, 2018
    English
    Dispute Resolution Conclusion Report
    Dispute Resolution Conclusion Report
    Jan 01, 2018
    Lugandan
    Dispute Resolution Conclusion Report