PETALING JAYA: 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, 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.
On Oct 15, FGV stated it would be appointing an independent third-party audit firm for an audit of its 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.
The plantation group 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 it on matters relating to governance and sustainability including labour matters.
The CBP issued the WRO against FGV’s palm oil and palm oil products and in response, the plantation group made an official statement on Oct 1 to state it did not violate labour rights.
The CBP 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.
FGV, however, reiterated all issues raised by the CBP have been the subject of public discourse since 2015 and it has been rigorously working towards the enhancement of its labour practices.