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.
French retailers failing to comply with due diligence law for soy imports, NGOs say
Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Some of France’s leading soy buying firms – including big brands like Burger King, E.Leclerc and Lidl – are failing to adequately monitor their supply chains in Latin America despite a due diligence law requiring them to do so, a new report from environmental groups has claimed.
Bolivia approves GM soy cultivation for biofuel use, stoking fears of more illegal forest loss
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
Bolivia is to persist with an alarming upward trend of forest loss, more than 50% of which was illegal in 2017, after the government authorised cultivation of genetically modified soy for biofuel production.
IN-DEPTH: One year after Coming Storm, temporary halt in deforestation not an end to Congo basin’s threats
Thursday, April 4th, 2019
One year ago Earthsight published Coming Storm, showing that a toxic mix of dodgy firms, impunity and collusion in the plantation sector threatened to consign Congo rainforests to the same fate as Southeast Asia and the Amazon. Since then, Earthsight’s report has helped trigger some positive action by companies, though the persistence of low palm and rubber prices have been the main factor preventing an acceleration of the destruction. Our new research shows that a number of firms have halted clearing, with one company pressured to do so following divestment by the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. On the other hand, Earthsight has found new links between a palm firm in the Central African Republic and a warlord facing trial for crimes against humanity. And the underlying secrecy and lack of government transparency remain as bad as ever.
Not a single company on track to meet 2020 zero-deforestation deadline, says Global Canopy
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
The latest Forest 500 report makes it clear that no palm oil, soy, cattle or timber company that has committed to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains by 2020 will meet that goal. This should come as no surprise to IDM readers who have followed a spate of reports of environmental crimes and other violations committed in recent months by even some of the rank’s best scoring companies. The results come in the wake of mounting criticism by NGOs of the EU’s focus on voluntary action by the private sector as a means of addressing its role in driving tropical deforestation.
Military open fire on communities protesting oil palm development in DRC
Friday, March 22nd, 2019
Tensions between local communities in DRC and Canadian oil palm company Feronia have escalated in recent months following a complaint presented last year to the company’s international financial backers. Affected communities have denounced displacement and occupation of their ancestral lands.
Amazon deforestation continues to rise as prominent figures warn that Bolsonaro is seeking to turn indigenous people into slave labour for Big Ag
Monday, March 18th, 2019
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has continued to rise compared to a year ago, when forest loss had already reached decade-high levels. Since coming to power, President Jair Bolsonaro has taken controversial steps to undermine environmental and indigenous protections, an approach that has been compared to that of Brazil’s military dictatorship. Current efforts to legalise agribusiness activity on indigenous lands promise to unleash hard battles for the preservation of the Amazon.
Sugar industry body faces new complaint over Thai firm’s human rights violations in Cambodia
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
Over 700 Cambodian families allegedly displaced in 2008 and 2009 to make way for sugar plantations have recently filed a complaint in the UK against Bonsucro, the global industry’s certification body.
Indonesian palm oil company embroiled in lawsuit for burning forest in Kalimantan
Thursday, March 7th, 2019
A palm oil company in Central Kalimantan is being sued by the Indonesian government for allegedly causing illegal forest fires. PT Arjuna Utama Sawit, a Musim Mas supplier, has also been connected to land conflicts and the illegal clearing of peatland.
A quarter of Brazil’s new congress tainted by campaign donations from illegal deforesters
Monday, March 4th, 2019
A quarter of Brazil’s new congress have reportedly received electoral campaign donations from illegal deforesters or individuals implicated in slave labour, says a new investigation by Repórter Brasil. IDM’s own research reveals the details of the forest crimes committed by some of the donors.
Tackling Bad Ag in Indonesia demands increased transparency, say NGOs, as yet another attempt to obtain information is ignored
Monday, February 25th, 2019
More than a year after a request for information was submitted, authorities in Aceh still have not released data about a plantation concession, ignoring a court decision and raising questions about its motives. The case follows similar behaviour by the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning, which continues to defy a Supreme Court order for more transparency.
SOCFIN under scrutiny over alleged abuses and malpractices in Africa despite pledges to clean up its act
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Recent reports have shed light on land rights violations and other abuses allegedly committed by SOCFIN in Africa. Despite commitments made by the firm to change its behaviour, the reports reveal that communities affected by SOCFIN agricultural activities continue to face an uphill battle to have their land and human rights respected.