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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Korindo sanctioned by FSC for Indonesia palm oil operations

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Certification body upholds Mighty Earth complaint on Korindo’s violations, though questions remain on illegal fires.

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Independent audit reveals Indonesia’s biggest palm oil project still hidden from RSPO

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

HSA Group has denied ties to contentious megaproject to clear 2800 km² of jungle, but new Earthsight research shows staff links between Yemeni firm and the Papua project, where satellite imagery reveals fresh land clearances.

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Cargill dubbed ‘worst company in world’ in damning Mighty Earth report

Friday, July 19th, 2019

US commodities giant given the malign moniker amid tide of illegal deforestation, child labour and environmental abuse allegations across its global supply chains

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Australian banks urged to ‘cut ties’ with palm oil firms as $6.4 billion investments revealed

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Friends of the Earth report says that in financing the likes of Wilmar and Olam International, major banks are complicit in illegal deforestation and human rights violations

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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.

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Indofood loses Citigroup investment following labour abuse revelations

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

US bank pulls $140 million financing after RSPO dropped Indonesian palm oil giant for widespread labour violations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Indonesian anti-corruption body denounces deforestation license for oil palm giant found guilty of wrongdoing

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Indonesia’s anti-corruption body has asked the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry to review its decision to authorise the conversion of 10,000 hectares of forest in Buol district, Central Sulawesi, into oil palm plantations.

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Family of North Sumatra Deputy Governor implicated in illegal conversion of protected forests into oil palm plantations

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Police has named Dodi Shah, younger brother of Deputy Governor of North Sumatra Musa Rajekshah, as a suspect in a case of illegal deforestation of protected areas for oil palm cultivation.

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Palm oil giant FGV sanctioned for forced labour and rights violations

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Malaysian palm oil giant FGV Holdings Berhad, formerly FELDA Global Ventures, has been sanctioned by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for forced labour, possible trafficking in migrant workers, and numerous other violations of Malaysian labour laws.

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Palm oil executives arrested in bribery scandal in Indonesia

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Three executives from one of Indonesia’s biggest palm oil firms were arrested over the weekend by the nation’s anti-graft agency, the KPK, after an employee was caught bribing politicians to kill an inquiry into water pollution and plantation licenses in Borneo, the agency said on Sunday.

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