Publication initial assessment for Friends of the Earth/Milieudefensie - Rabobank

The Netherlands NCP published its initial assessment on the specific instance “Friends of the Earth Europe and Friends of the Earth Netherlands/Milieudefensie - Rabobank” on December 16, 2014.

Conclusion of the initial assessment

“The NCP is of the opinion that part of this specific instance merits further consideration and will therefore, in accordance with the Netherlands NCP specific instance procedure, offer its good offices to facilitate a dialogue between the parties. The objective is to bring parties to an agreement on the recommendations of the NCP, regarding the implementation of Rabobank’s Palm Oil Supply Chain Policy. The NCP is of the opinion that this may help clarify the OECD due diligence recommendations for the financial sector regarding loans.”

Mediation procedures need to be informal and confidential, in order to encourage open discussion. Parties will agree to observe confidentiality during the dialogue which the NCP offers to facilitate following the conclusion of the initial assessment phase.

The initial assessment can be read in the document below, which describes the considerations by the Netherlands NCP regarding this specific instance in full.