Despite being publicly exposed for clearing forests in critical elephant habitat of the Leuser Ecosystem in February, palm oil company PT. ABN has continued to clear forest threatening the survival of a local herd of Sumatran elephants.
Where does that palm oil end up?
A RAN field investigation shows that global brands are driving this destruction by sourcing Conflict Palm Oil from the biggest palm oil buyers in the region. We tracked trucks from the frontlines of forest destruction to a mill supplying palm oil trader Wilmar and found that despite its “No Deforestation” commitment, it continues to ship Conflict Palm Oil to brands like PepsiCo, Nestlé, Unilever, Mars, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s and Procter & Gamble.
For three years, Wilmar and its corporate clients like PepsiCo and McDonald’s have failed to stop the destruction of the last habitat for endangered Sumatran elephants. We can’t let these companies continue to hide behind corporate greenwash, whilst forests are flattened to make way for more Conflict Palm Oil plantations.
This has to stop - send your message now! Tell PepsiCo, Nestlé, Unilever, Mars, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble and others to put elephants over earning a quick buck and end the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem for their products!
Full documentation of this investigation can be found here.
In Indonesia, and across the world, the fight for land rights and the fight for the forests and climate are one in the same.
Indigenous Batak communities rely on their forests for their fresh water, food and livelihoods. When Toba Pulp Lestari—Indonesia’s largest producer of pulp for fabric—clearcuts forests for industrial pulp plantations, it destroys not only a diverse forest, but also the ability of the community to provide for themselves and their families. When communities have legal rights to their lands, they have every incentive to protect it.
Sign this petition to demand demand that Toba Pulp Lestari respect the land rights of the Indigenous Batak people, and commit to working with the government to ensure that communities get legal rights to their land.
Companies that produce the pulp used to make rayon and viscose fabrics clothing profit from clearing and planting monocrop pulpwood plantations on forests and farmlands owned by Indigenous and frontline communities. After decades of campaigning led by Indigenous and frontline communities, fashion companies throughout the apparel supply chain—from Disney to producers like Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)—have made policy promises to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuses. Still, not enough has changed on the ground.
Sign the petition to demand that Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) keep its promises to respect human rights by resolving its conflicts with communities and actively supporting the return of community-owned lands.
I care about where my clothing comes from. I do not want my clothing to be linked to harm to the world’s forests and climate, or violations of human and land rights of Indigenous and frontline communities. I care that no one is hurt, intimidated or arrested for standing up for their rights.I know your company has taken steps to address these issues, including developing a policy designed to eliminate egregious practices, and provide restitution for communities who have experienced harm in the past. I appreciate this first step. Yet change is coming too slowly. I strongly urge you to listen to the voices of frontline and Indigenous communities, and take urgent action to remedy the past harm they have experienced and to prevent future violations of their rights. Prioritizing this action is necessary to living up to your promises, and is necessary to addressing the concerns of consumers across the world. I look forward to seeing swift progress in Lubuk Mandarsah among many other areas, and I will avoid purchasing from companies who buy from APP until there is verified evidence of change on the ground.
“After the trees were cut down and replaced with eucalyptus plantations, the benzoin tree resin yield decreased and eventually we stopped collecting benzoin resin because Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) intimidated us. We ask that we can work on our land to make a living and provide education for our children.”
For generations, Indigenous Batak communities have planted benzoin trees in the forests on their traditionally-owned lands and have sustainably harvested the tree’s resin for an incense similar to frankincense. For many, this is a significant cultural practice and the primary source of income. Since pulp giant Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) took over communities’ land for its pulp plantation, many benzoin trees have been cut down, directly threatening the livelihoods of many communities.
Photo of Onan Harbangan from Nagasaribu with a benzoin tree sapling ready for planting in the forest.