Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDP) has assured the government of its commitment to uphold the values of human rights at all time while operating on Liberian soil.
The company’s statement follows Thursday, April 19, hearing at the House of Representatives where management representatives from Sime Darby Plantation-Liberia (SDP-L), a subsidiary of SDP were summoned to provide clarification on the mistreatment allegedly perpetrated by the company’s security officers against a John Davies, a Liberian. The incident was video recorded and spread via social media (facebook).
In a press statement on April 22, SDP-L expressed regret that the general manager was unable to disclosed details of the video during the hearing as requested by the House of Representative.
SDP-L said its views this as omission as a serious matter, and has issue directive for the management to immediately addressed by the SDP-L.
“SDP-L will like to assure that the management team that it will provide full cooperation to the house of representatives and used every opportunity in the next hearing scheduled on April 24 to demonstrate the commitment,” the statement indicated.
The statement said SDP-L opposing human rights impacts arising from their business activities are identified they are committed to mitigating the negative effects, and where possible to address and resolve such impacts in a timely manner.
SDP-L added, “as a responsible global company, it would like to reiterate her commitment and strict adherence to human rights charter.”