Last Monday, IOI Group received an unexpected visit from a group of activists who delivered a large photo of the community of Long Teran Kanan, a community whose traditional lands have been converted to plantations by IOI Group. Along with this powerful photo, the group also delivered the following statement from Rainforest Action Network to IOI:
We support the community of Long Teran Kanan and its re-occupation of two IOI palm oil plots that are planted on native customary lands. Please drop your court appeal and begin to negotiate with the community of Long Teran Kanan (LTK) in good faith.
The Monday delivery came one week before IOI’s May 2nd deadline to meet certain requirements laid out by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). If IOI group does not find acceptable solutions to the social conflict associated with its palm oil operations in Sarawak, Malaysia, by May 2nd, the company will face further sanctions.
Please stand in solidarity with the growing international coalition of environmental and social groups supporting Indigenous rights and the community of Long Teran Kanan.
Cargill — the largest importer of palm oil into the United States — buys significant amounts of palm oil from IOI Group. IOI Group’s ongoing refusal to address its conflict with the community of Long Teran in good faith reinforces RAN’s demand that Cargill institute basic safeguards on its supply chain to ensure it is not selling palm oil from stolen indigenous lands to American consumers.