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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.

A Greenpeace investigator bears witness in an IOI palm oil concession

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.

Sumatran rhino found in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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.

Cutting Deforestation out of the Palm Oil Supply Chain - Company Scorecard

Last edited 3 March 2016 at 10:13am
Publication date: 
3 March, 2016

In recent years, the world’s biggest companies have woken up to the environmental costs associated with palm oil and the other commodities they buy. Nowhere are those costs more evident than in Indonesia, which has lost 31 million hectares of forest, an area almost the size of Germany, since 1990.

In 2015, Indonesia was wracked by the worst forest fires for almost twenty years. The disaster, the result of decades of forest and peatland destruction, thrust Indonesia’s plantation industries into the global spotlight.

Download the report:

Greenpeace investigation reveals new incidents of forced labour on Thai-operated vessels

Last edited 4 November 2015 at 12:02pm
4 November, 2015
Bangkok, 4 November 2015 – John West owner, Thai Union Group, has not done enough to alleviate concerns over human rights abuses in the company’s tuna supply chain despite recent media scrutiny of its business operations, according to a Greenpeace investigation.

The report features new interviews with survivors of trafficking and forced labour in Indonesia who faced abuse and food deprivation on Thai-operated fishing vessels. These ships transferred their tuna and other fish to a Thai carrier vessel, Marine One, which is owned by Thailand’s Silver Sea Line Co. Ltd – the same company implicated in a recent Associated Press investigation for transporting seafood caught using forced labour to a Thai Union supplier.

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