Community Rights and Corporate Governance

Working for Development?

This report is a follow up to 2009's ‘ArcelorMittal: Going nowhere slowly' and takes an in depth look at the company’s activities in Liberia in terms of their contribution to the country’s development and highlights the failing of the County Social Development Fund in addressing the needs of communities impacted by the operations of ArcelorMittal.

Where is the Money?

ArcelorMittal Liberia contributes US$3 million annually to the County Social Development Fund (CSDF) for development in counties hosting its operations. This report examines the mismanagement of the fund and as a result how it is failing to make significant impacts on the lives of the target beneficiaries. The report recomments reform of the fund to ensure it is accountable, transparenct and involves citizen's participation.

Sime Darby: What does the contract say?

This brief is a simplified version of the concession agreement between the Government of Liberia and Sime Darby dated July 23, 2009. It highlights key areas of concern related to community rights such as provisions within the contract to resettle communities and rights over natural resources. It is for educational purposes only; for legal interpretations please refer to the original contract.

Uncertain Futures

This report charts the impacts of palm oil company Sime Darby's operations on communities in Liberia. It presents testimonies of from affected communities and highlights the fears of others where the company plans to expand. It concludes that a new approach to land allocation needs to be developed based on fairness and justice, and backed by appropriate legislation.

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