Wilmar International is expanding its operations in Cross River State in south-eastern Nigeria. The company has acquired a total of 30,000 hectares of land since 2011 and has plans to expand its operations to 50,000 hectares, including the construction of a refinery to process palm fruit.1
The Nigeria-based civil society organisations Rainforest Resource and Development Centre and Environmental Rights Action / Friends of the Earth Nigeria contend that Wilmar is not complying with Nigerian laws,2 in human rights violations, environmental destruction, fraud and land grabbing. In April 2014, Wilmar grabbed forestland in the vicinity of Afi Wildlife Sanctuary, close to the Oguango National Park. This territory is a buffer zone to the wildlife sanctuary of the National Park and Afi Forest reserve. The Nigeria case violates Wilmar’s commitment not to clear High Carbon Stock forest.
- Bank Track (2014): Wilmar Group; 22 Oct: www.banktrack.org accessed 20.10.2014: http://www.banktrack.org/manage/ajax/ems_companyprofiles/createPDF
- Letter from Rainforest Resource and Development Centre (2013): Information pertaining to compliance to the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (LFRN) and cross river state of Nigeria; 5 Feb 2013; addressed to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Malaysia. accessed 20.10.2014 http://www.forestpeoples.org/sites/fpp/files/news/2012/11/RRDC%