EXCLUSIVE: Are KitKat sales helping line the pockets of a man who bribed Indonesia’s top judge?
Friday, July 5th, 2019
Purchases in Malaysia by Wilmar, the world’s largest palm oil trader, are helping fund deforestation in neighbouring Indonesia, to the benefit of a criminal businessman involved in shady land dealings.
Karuturi Global’s Ethiopia return stokes fears of deforestation and evictions
Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Indian firm gets green light for agribusiness plantations with new land deal, but NGOs believe move will cause forest destruction and displacement of local communities
Concerns over deforestation – much of it illegal – could help global palm oil demand drop for first time in 20 years
Monday, June 24th, 2019
Palm demand depressed as EU buyers resist long-term deals while awaiting greater regulatory action.
No respite for Honduras’ protected forests as illegal oil palm continues to advance
Friday, June 14th, 2019
Amid a surge in palm oil exports to Europe, illegal clearing of protected forests in Honduras continues to worsen as authorities fail to crack down on illegal farms and “palm laundering”.
Global brands’ zero-deforestation pledges prove hollow as 50 million hectares of forest vanish
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
An area twice the size of the UK has been cleared for agribusiness globally since 2010 as illegal cultivation practices of multinational firms add to forest destruction.
As European demand for its cocoa surges, illegal deforestation threatens to destroy “critical forest corridor” in Nigeria
Friday, May 31st, 2019
Cross River State, home to some of Nigeria’s last remaining tropical rainforest and critically endangered gorillas, faces unprecedented threats from illegal deforestation for cocoa, an NGO in the region has warned.
EU needs new laws to ban global deforestation in product supply chains – survey
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
New regulation is needed to ensure products sold in the European Union do not contribute to global deforestation, according to 87 per cent of European residents surveyed in a new continent-wide poll.
Brazilian authorities bust corruption scheme behind “extensive” illegal deforestation for cattle in the Amazon
Friday, May 17th, 2019
Brazilian authorities have arrested more than a dozen law enforcement agents and cattle ranchers over corruption, money laundering and illegal deforestation in the Amazon. The criminal group is also accused of land grabbing and violent acts against local residents.
Malaysian politician under fire for suspect oil palm deal near UNESCO site that led to alleged illegal deforestation
Monday, May 13th, 2019
Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud is accused of granting ‘extraordinarily favourable’ leases to an oil palm firm with close ties to his son which later allegedly carried out illegal deforestation of timber without licences or consent from communities.
Governor and businessmen in Colombia accused of land grabbing and illegal deforestation
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
Local civil servants and small farmers in Guaviare have accused the politcian, large landowners and businessmen of land grabbing and illegal deforestation for oil palm cultivation.
Bad beef: UK supermarkets feed illegal deforestation fears as corned beef imports from corruption-hit Brazilian firm persist
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl and Carrefour are among the international brands potentially fueling illegal deforestation in Brazil’s cattle industry as they continue to stock corned beef from a firm implicated in numerous environmental and human rights abuses.
Oil palm expansion in the Philippines leading to illegal deforestation and rights violations, CALG says
Monday, April 29th, 2019
In the province of Palawan, indigenous communities and civil society have denounced illegal clearing of pristine forests and indigenous rights violations by oil palm companies.
Bolloré loses defamation appeal against media company that exposed SOCFIN’s rights violations in Cameroon
Monday, April 22nd, 2019
The Bolloré Group loses appeal of its defamation case against France Télévisions. Bolloré had sued the media company after it aired a documentary in 2016 about Vincent Bolloré, one of the group’s main shareholders and one of France’s richest and best known businessmen.
Europe must not be complicit in Bolsonaro’s attacks on forests, NGO coalition says
Monday, April 15th, 2019
On 10 April, marking 100 days since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro came to power, Fern published a briefing – endorsed by 25 international organisations – calling on the EU and its member states to guarantee they will not be complicit in Bolsonaro’s dismantling of environmental protections in Brazil.