A promise is only good if it’s kept. Thanks to your pressure, major brands have made commitments to protect forests and communities by eliminating the risk of human rights abuses and forest destruction from their products.
However, our new report shows that three major companies are not doing enough to keep their promises: major office supply company, Office Depot; Penguin Random House, the world’s largest publishing house; and Askul, Japan’s largest paper company.
These three major brands’ inability to keep their commitments has real impact on Indonesia’s forests and the lives of people in frontline communities. People power forced companies to commit to change and now we need your help to ensure they keep those promises.
Take action to demand that Office Depot, Penguin Random House and Askul keep their promises to make a real difference for forests and human rights.
For more information, read our new report: ”Beyond Paper Promises: Assessing the impacts of corporate pulp and paper commitments on forests and frontline communities”
This report uses an in-depth survey to measure how well brand-name pulp and paper companies are doing in implementing their policies, identifying key leaders and laggards in the ongoing fight to protect forests and the communities that depend on them.
I’m concerned to learn that your company has not adequately implemented your pulp and paper procurement commitments, and that communities and forests are still suffering the impacts of irresponsible pulp and paper production.
The forests in Indonesia are known worldwide for their incredible biodiversity, their significance to our global climate, and their importance to the Indigenous and frontline communities who depend on them. As you may know, the main driver of deforestation in Indonesia has been the development of industrial pulpwood and palm oil plantations, which has cleared diverse natural forests and peatlands and converted them to massive monoculture plantations. Often, these plantations are developed on the traditional and customary lands of Indigenous and local communities without their consent. Indigenous and frontline communities depend on these forests for their food and livelihoods. The devastating legacy of harm to the environment and to communities who have lost land and livelihoods has yet to be addressed.
I strongly encourage your company to take urgent action to address these concerns, and ensure that your policy is creating real change on the ground.
As you are aware, Rainforest Action Network’s new report profiles your company in the “Urgent Action Required” category –– ranking you as one of the worst laggards out of the 13 companies profiled. You can read the full findings in the report titled: Beyond Paper Promises: Assessing the impacts of corporate pulp and paper commitments on forests and frontline communities available here: ran.org/promises_report.
Your urgent action is required to create real change for frontline communities and for the forest. I look forward to following your company’s actions to address these critical issue.