RSPO conference rocked by multiple NGO reports of illegalities in member concessions

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Allegations including widespread illegal fires, human rights abuses, fraudulent certifications and permitting irregularities ignored by global palm oil certification body.

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Singapore palm oil firm guilty of illegal Indonesia fires fined $18m

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Court ruling finds PT Arjuna Utama Sawit to have burnt almost 1,000 hectares of land illegally in Central Kalimantan.

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Illegal deforestation and child labour are the real horrors at Halloween

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Increasing global appetites for chocolate during the holiday period will benefit a cocoa industry that has failed to reform for two decades.

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The mystery multinational linked to illegal dairy deforestation in Colombia

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Illegal land clearances in Amazon national parks are being driven by the dairy industry; now, the government is targeting the rogue cattle ranchers supplying a global corporation.

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Another government probe uncovers widespread illegality in Indonesia’s palm oil sector

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Yet another government investigation has identified widespread illegality underpinning Indonesia’s sprawling oil palm plantation sector, officials have announced.

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Barclays, HSBC among major banks financing six “most harmful agribusinesses” with $44bn

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

A new Global Witness report reveals how more than 300 financial institutions funnelled money into global beef, leather, palm oil and rubber firms linked to deforestation and corruption.

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Ricardo Galvão: “Bolsonaro gives green light to illegal deforesters”

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Sacked INPE chief tells Earthsight he thinks an ‘internal fight’ over agribusiness expansion will soon engulf Brazil’s congress and calls on consumer countries to block imports linked to deforestation.

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Ghana and Ivory Coast attempt to raise farmers’ incomes as cocoa industry fails to clean up its act

Monday, September 30th, 2019

West African nations have announced a series of measures to raise the price of cocoa in order to lift farmers out of poverty, which has been linked to persistent child labour and illegal deforestation cases.

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Forest fires and Supreme Audit Agency findings overshadow palm oil sustainability claims amid Indonesia-EU “trade war”

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

81% of concessions in country operate in violation of rules despite 38% being certified legal and sustainable.

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Community leaders arrested near Feronia’s Congo palm oil site, NGO claims

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Locals opposed to presence of palm oil giant in Lokutu reportedly arrested and beaten by police and security guards employed by the Canadian firm.

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New York Declaration to halve global forest loss ‘impossible’ to achieve by 2020

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Another voluntary initiative to halt deforestation is set to fail as the New York Declaration on Forests says its 200 members need to ‘dramatically escalate action’ in deforestation fight.

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British troops fed by corrupt Brazilian meat firm tied to illegal Amazon deforestation

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Ration packs used by the armed forces have contained beef and chicken from controversial Brazilian company JBS since 2009 and until at least 2016, while Brazilian beef is still used by the MoD, Earthsight has discovered.

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Two million hectares of Bolivia burns following Morales’ suspect expansion of agriculture frontier

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Local NGOs and Amnesty International call for suspension of Supreme Decree 3973 allowing “controlled burns” and investigation into perpetrators responsible for forest fires crisis

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Pressure builds on big economies to address agri-commodity import risks in wake of Amazon fires

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

G7 and UK Amazon aid pledges are meagre compared to their Brazilian beef purchases, while supermarkets still stocking high-risk Brazilian beef products as government responses are found wanting.

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NGOs allege Malaysian palm oil labour abuses violate US law, while EU legislation falls short

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Legal complaint targets Proctor & Gamble’s purchases from Felda Global Ventures and acknowledges global buyers from same plantations, but similar cases not possible in Europe.

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