LONDON — Ethical cosmetics pioneer The Body Shop and charity Christian Aid will hold talks today regarding a wrangle between Colombian farmers and a consortium that allegedly pushed for their eviction to make way for a palm oil plantation.

This story first appeared in the September 18, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

CI Tequendama, a subsidiary of Daabon Group, which supplies palm oil to L’Oréal-owned The Body Shop, was part of a consortium, which applied to a court to have people occupying land it had acquired dislodged. According to Christian Aid, which is supporting the farmers’ attempts to have the ruling overturned, the farmers had claimed ownership of the land under Colombian law prior to its acquisition by the consortium. Daabon maintains when the consortium bought the land no formal claims had been made. It also said there were no signs the land was occupied at that time.

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