BIDCO Faces Fresh Wrath of Online Activists

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No2Bidco.org includes a catalogue of Bidco’s violations, including illegal labour practices in Kenya, deforestation in Uganda and tax evasion across East Africa.

An online activist organization famously known as The Bidco Truth Coalition has unveiled a new platform www.No2Bidco.org aimed at discussing human rights and environmental Violations of Bidco Africa.

This follows a number of cases previously highlighted about the  Kenya-based edible oil produc headed by CEO Vimal shah including those raised by Kenyan online publication cnyakundi.com

No2Bidco.org includes a catalogue of Bidco’s violations, including illegal labour practices in Kenya, deforestation in Uganda and tax evasion across East Africa.

The platform also provides visitors with the ability to add their voices to a global campaign of petitions and letter-writing to reveal Bidco’s business practices.

Its central archive of independent reports about Bidco provides activists, businesses, governments and NGOs unfiltered access to information free from Bidco’s influence on the media.

In support of this initiative is  the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), the respected Uganda-based Friends of the Earth affiliate, the Bugala Farmers Association, a Ugandan group of more than 100 farmers who lost their land to Bidco; Citizens for Tax Compliance, a Kenya-based group that advocates corporate tax compliance and the Association of Non-aligned Bidco Workers.

Founded in 1997, NAPE has been instrumental in giving a voice to farmers displaced by Bidco’s deforestation on Uganda’s pristine Ssese Islands.

The Bugala Farmers Association, which has successfully challenged Bidco in court for more than a year over its members’ loss of land, recently submitted a petition to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for partnering with Bidco.

As a result, UNDP has launched an investigation into its partnership with Bidco.  The Association of Non-aligned Bidco Labourers is a group in Kenya and Uganda that gives informal representation to aggrieved casual workers at Bidco’s factories.

Most workers supported have been terminated illegally, experienced abuse by Bidco management or been injured at the workplace.

The Bidco Truth Coalition has opened the platform membership to other like-minded organisations in bid to demand change at Bidco and accountability for those who support the company.

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