- The Bidco Truth Coalition aspires to inform and educate the populace and institutions such as the United Nations, Government of Kenya and that of Uganda alongside private individuals and companies that the people that are effected by Bidco Africa will no longer be silent. Just some of our campaign topics are below:
- In Kenya, the headquarters of Bidco Africa, the company is one of the largest tax avoiders among Kenyan companies.
- According to documents obtained by activists, Bidco has evaded 5.7 Kenyan shillings (USD 56 million) through secret schemes with government officials.
- Bidco has also ignored a court order to pay a 2013 tax bill.
Poor Employment conditions
- Bidco owns 18,000 acres of oil palm plantation in Kalangala District, on the Bugala Island in Lake Victoria in Uganda. Bidco on purpose employs workers from the Ugandan mainland so there are fewer local workers to rally indigenous communities in protest of labour conditions.
- Bidco signed unfair contracts with Ugandan farmers dependent on palm oil production.
- In Kenya, Bidco repeatedly violates the labour code. Thousands of casual workers toil for years with no opportunity to obtain social benefits. Their shifts are deliberately limited so Bidco can avoid paying their social taxes. Casual workers who protest are forced out the door.
- Albert Zedi, a Bidco worker, was killed in 2002. For 13 years his widow tried to get compensation from Bidco. Against the odds she has won her case to force Bidco to pay a million Kenyan shillings ($10,000) in compensation. This is how cheaply Bidco values the lives of its workers.
- Bidco are land grabbers in Uganda, taking the farms of smallholder farmers in Kalangala District. They pay no compensation and overnight farmers lose their livelihood so Bidco can grow its massive oil palm plantation.
- For its oil palm operations, Bidco is deforesting thousands of acres of pristine African rainforest. With the support of the Government of Uganda, Bidco has bulldozed 7,500 hectares of fragile terrain. The World Bank had to pull out of the project because it violated its environmental policies.
No to UN affiliation
- The U.N. Global Compact has granted membership to Bidco Africa, but the company is in violation of all U.N. Global Compact principals. Bidco is a corporate abuser of human beings and the environment.
- UNDP and Business Call to Action are partners with Bidco, even though the company is a serial violator of human rights, the environment and good governance.