The amended Resolution Plan received the Complaints Panel's (CP) conditional endorsement at the end of June 2018. It was subsequently presented to all affected communities (11, at the time) during a 7-day long visit on 30 June to 6 July 2018. The main purpose of this socialisation exercise was to explain the Resolution Plan and seek communities’ consent. Grassroots, Pelita and an Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) observer participated alongside IOI’s team in this socialisation program. A non-binding consent from communities’ appointed leaders is a necessary prerequisite for the CP’s final endorsement of the Plan.
In early August 2018, the number of communities who were participating in the resolution process changed from 11 to nine, as three communities decided to merge. As of 1 October 2018, six out of nine communities gave their consent. The remaining three communities are still seeking endorsement for the Resolution Plan from their trusted political leaders.
IOI, Grassroots and other stakeholders continue their efforts to address the remaining three communities’ concerns. At the same time, in preparation for the start of the Resolution Plan implementation, IOI and Grassroots have been regularly engaging local non-governmental organisations (NGO) and the State of Sarawak Government to ensure their support.