“Centre d'Actions pour la Vie et la Terre” and “les Comités Riverains de Veille” & COPAGEF, SOMDIAA and SOSUCAM
Lead NCPFrance
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance alleging a non-observance of the OECD Guidelines.
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, General policies, Disclosure, Human rights, Employment and industrial relations, Environment
Date23 Nov 2020
Host country(ies)Cameroon
Industry sectorAgriculture, forestry and fishing
StatusIn progress

Read the Initial Assessment Statement issued by the French NCP on 12 March 2021: French

On 23 November 2020, 14 organisations based in the villages surrounding SOSUCAM’s sugar plantations in Cameroon, and a Cameroonian NGO, submitted a specific instance to the French NCP alleging that SOSUCAM, a Cameroonian subsidiary of SOMDIAA and COPAGEF, active in the agri-food sector, had not observed the Concept and Principles (Chapter I), General Policies (Chapter II), Disclosure (Chapter III), Human Rights (Chapter IV), Employment and Industrial Relations (Chapter V), Environment (Chapter VI) provisions of the Guidelines. More specifically, the submitters questioned the adequacy of the company's social and environmental management policy and due diligence in relation to SOSUCAM’s impacts and consultation and dialogue framework with the submitters who represent neighboring villages and communities.

On 11 February 2021, the French NCP decided to accept the case, considering the significant issues related to the Guidelines. During the initial assessment process, the French NCP sought additional information from SOMDIAA, which it provided. Consequently, the French NCP offered its good offices to the parties, which they both accepted on 19 and 22 February 2021.

The French NCP issued its initial assessment statement (French) on 12 March 2021 after consulation with the parties.