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Who still banks on destroying Indonesia's forests?

Posted by jamie — 15 March 2017 at 12:07am - Comments
Forest clearance in land owned by a subsidiary of Bumitama Gunajaya Agro, West K
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Many major banks need to act and refuse funding to palm oil companies that destroy forests

A few weeks ago, HSBC took a big step forward in cutting its links with the destruction of Indonesia's forests by pledging to end funding for destructive palm oil companies. But HSBC is not the only bank lending money to palm oil companies pushing further and further into the forest, and the others now have a lot of catching up to do.

HSBC promises to cut ties with forest-trashing palm oil companies

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 21 February 2017 at 5:09pm - Comments
A Greenpeace volunteer campaigns outside a branch of HSBC
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Greenpeace volunteers campaigned outside HSBC branches in the UK and other countries

There's been a major breakthrough in protecting Indonesia's forests: HSBC has committed to breaking its links to palm oil companies destroying forests and peatlands. This is a fantastic result for everyone who has been campaigning over the last few weeks, although the hard work doesn’t stop there. The real test now is how those words will be put into practice.

HSBC: what they've said about funding deforestation, and why it's wrong

Posted by jamie — 8 February 2017 at 2:59pm - Comments
Bulldozers clearing peatland forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
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Bumitama, the company behind these bulldozers, received loans from HSBC despite breaching the bank's policies

Over three weeks ago, we exposed how HSBC is funding palm oil companies that are tearing up Indonesia's forests. Since then, thousands of emails have been sent to the CEO. Now HSBC is responding to those emails, but what it's saying is at times misguided, and other times just plain wrong.

Destructive palm oil company IOI let off the hook too easily by RSPO

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 10 August 2016 at 11:32am - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator bears witness in an IOI palm oil concession
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IOI concessions were severely burnt during the 2015 forest fires

A major palm oil company, which had its sustainability certificates suspended for violating rules designed to prevent the destruction of Indonesia's forests and peatlands, has had those certificates reinstated. This shocking decision by the industry's own sustainability group to lift the suspension sends a message that it's OK for palm oil companies to continue trashing forests in pursuit of profits.

Getting Tough On Palm Oil

Posted by Richard — 27 June 2016 at 1:55pm - Comments

Indonesia's forests and peatlands help regulate the global climate and contain a diversity of life. They are home to some magnificent species, including elephants, orangutans and tigers. Thankfully, pressure from all of us has secured commitments from some of the world's biggest brands to do all they can to protect them.

Palm oil giant IOI has lost customers for destroying forests, but will it change?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 9 June 2016 at 11:12am - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator bears witness in an IOI palm oil concession
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Bearing witness in an IOI palm oil concession, April 2016

IOI - one of the largest palm oil companies in the world - is having a difficult time right now.

Not only has it recently lost its sustainability certification, but as a result its customers are leaving in droves. And with good reason: our new report shows how IOI's operations have led to the destruction of forests and peatlands in Borneo, despite repeated promises to protect these areas.

Time is running out for destructive palm oil company IOI

Posted by Richardg — 22 April 2016 at 9:32am - Comments
Young oil palm trees in a recently established plantation within IOI's PT BSS co
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Young oil palm trees in a recently established plantation within IOI's PT BSS concession in West Kalimantan

As Indonesia’s president announces a temporary ban on palm oil development, one of the world’s biggest palm oil traders faces a customer revolt over its deforestation in Borneo… and it could lead to some big wins for forest protection.

Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

Posted by jamie — 30 March 2016 at 8:13am - Comments
Sumatran rhino found in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
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This rhino is being moved to relative safety, but the species is still critically endangered

Good news for rhino fans: last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play.

Palm oil: who's still trashing forests?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 3 March 2016 at 10:39am - Comments
A crime scene: burned peatland and forest remains, planted with oil palm
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How 'clean' is the palm oil used by major brands around the world? Today, we're releasing the results of our investigation into which companies are keeping promises to stop deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil. Take a look now to see who's keeping up - and who's lagging way behind.

Indonesia fires: "I'm tired of being made sick by this smoke"

Posted by Rahmi Carolina — 29 October 2015 at 12:44pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Ardiles Rante / Greenpeace

When I was young my friends and I would visit our local river, just a short walk from our small town in Pangkalan Kerinci, upstream of Riau's peatland coast in Sumatra. On days when we needed to cool down from the heat, we would spend hours swimming and getting lost in the shade of the trees, chasing birds and sleeping.

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