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NGOs welcome the Forest Stewardship Council decision to cut ties with companies linked to Indonesia pulp giant APRIL.

Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Jakarta - A recent statement issued by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) confirms that Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) is officially banned from using the FSC trademark to market its pulp and paper products.(1) APRIL, part of the Royal Golden Eagle group (RGE), is owned by Mr Sukanto Tanoto, whose assets are estimated to be worth around US$12 billion.(2)

Growing Evidence Reveals Child Labor in Cargill’s Palm Oil Supply Chain

Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO–Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and Indonesian advocacy group, Sawit Watch, find continued evidence of abusive recruitment and labor practices and child labor on palm oil plantations in Indonesia. The groups’ findings center on one of the world’s most significant palm oil producers, Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK), which is a major supplier to U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill. This comes amidst a growing trend of investigations documenting controversial labor practices throughout Indonesia’s palm oil plantation industry.

'Corporate Colonialism' Runs Wild as 'Growth' Bulldozes Forests

As environmental group Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which has campaigned extensively on stopping the ecologically damaging palm oil expansions, has noted, the company has "recently announced its plan to expand their Indonesian palm oil plantations." This is pushing the Sumatran orangutan close to extinction as well as contributing to massive carbon dioxide-emitting slash-and-burn practices.

Common Dreams
Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Problem with Palm Oil, Part II

Reports from around the globe paint a distressing portrait of palm-oil expansion, with land disputes, violent conflicts, and even murders carried out on behalf of palm-oil barons. “It’s a modern-day gold rush,” says Laurel Sutherlin of the Rainforest Action Network, a nonprofit with one of the most active and visible campaigns against palm oil. “Especially in the last decade, there has been a meteoric rise in global demand for palm oil.

VegNews
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The other oil import

Deforestation is at the top of the CIA’s list of environmental issues facing Indonesia, and much of it can be attributed to the creation of palm oil plantations, built to satisfy demands of the American market, which has increased the import of palm oil by 485 percent over the last decade.

Boulder Weekly
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Palm oil under pressure

The company, like many others in the sector, is aggressively expanding to take advantage of rising demand – and Yeow says that is good for people and the economy. “We kill the competition,” he says.

But the industry also has a reputation for killing natural forests and, in the process, the animals that depend on them. As non-profit groups like Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network (RAN) have raised awareness about the impact the industry is having on the environment, company executives say they are feeling the pressure to adopt better business practices.

Eco-Business.com
Monday, April 29, 2013

Palm Oil for the West, Exploitation for Young Workers in Malaysia

Afterward we had coffee on the veranda of the great house that overlooked the sprawling, 8,000-hectacre property, the size of a small national park. Chok stressed the importance of corporate social responsibility like a mantra and said his company spends nearly $1 million every year to take care of migrant children. In the "competition" to retain experienced workers, Chok added that doing the right thing also made good business sense. (Singapore-based Wilmar has its critics, however.

The Atlantic
Monday, April 8, 2013