KUALA LUMPUR: The US Custom and Border Protection (CBP) is willing to consider a petition from FGV Holdings Bhd to revoke the withhold release order (WRO) provided there are independent reports from unbiased third-party auditing firms.
FGV said in a statement on Thursday it was communicating with several independent organisations to explore options for an imminent audit of FGV’s operations.
“FGV expects to finalise the appointment of such audit firm in the next couple of weeks and to proceed with the audits shortly after, ” it said.
The plantation group said it was committed to taking all necessary steps and measures towards the revocation of the WRO.
FGV said it had communicated with the CBP to seek clarification on its investigation findings and on steps expected to be taken by FGV for the revocation of the WRO.
It pointed out that information around the CBP’s investigation findings was imperative to enable FGV to address and resolve any remaining gaps in its practices.
“A conference call between FGV and the CBP was held on Oct 8. However, the CBP could not reveal any information about its findings except that its research had identified the 11 International Labour Organization (ILO) indicators of forced labour in FGV’s practices, ” it said.
The CBP did not disclose any further information about its findings including the nature or locations of any incidence linked to such indicators, FGV said.
FGV also said it remains committed to implementing its action plan under its affiliation with the Fair Labor Association (FLA). The next progress report of the implementation of this action plan is due to be published on March 31,2021.
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