KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd is continuing to engage with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) over the Withhold Release Order (WRO) following allegations of its labour policies.
In a statement issued on Thursday, FGV said it would also keep the CBP updated on the various measures undertaken and its other ongoing initiatives pertaining to labour rights in particular, and human rights in general.
To recap, on Oct 15, FGV had stated it will be appointing an independent third-party audit firm for an imminent audit of FGV’s operations to dispel allegations about violation of labour rights.
“After further deliberation by the board, FGV has decided to revisit this appointment after FGV is satisfied that all of the above measures have been strengthened and implemented accordingly.
“In the meantime, FGV will continue to engage with the CBP to keep them abreast on the various measures undertaken and its other ongoing initiatives pertaining to labour rights in particular, and human rights in general, ” it said.
FGV also reaffirmed its commitment to implement its action plan under its affiliation with the Fair Labour Association (FLA).
FGV also said it had appointed the independent advisory panel (IAP) to advise FGV on matters relating to governance and sustainability including labour matters.
“FGV is committed to taking all necessary steps and measures towards the revocation of the WRO, ” it said.
Recall the CBP had issued the WRO against FGV’s palm oil and palm oil products and in response, FGV made an official statement on Oct 1 to state it did not violate labour rights.
The CBP had then indicated the issuance of the WRO against FGV was based on information from a year-long investigation that reasonably indicates the use of forced labour.
However, FGV reiterated all issues raised by the CBP have been the subject of public discourse since 2015 and FGV’s has been rigorously working towards enhancement of its labour practices.
FGV said its continuous effort in ensuring the implementation of FGV’s human rights and labour policies on the ground is evidenced by the various initiatives and programmes that FGV has embarked on, in particular its affiliation to the FLA.