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
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.
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.
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.
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.
ANALYSIS: Scandal-ridden Malaysian plantation firm is the cause of smallholders’ problems, not the EU
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
A Malaysian government agency which has morphed into one of the world’s largest plantation firms has hit back at a vote by the European Parliament in favour of phasing out palm oil from biofuels, claiming it will harm the poor farmers it claims to represent. But is it Felda, mired in allegations of corruption and dodgy land deals, that is actually the farmers’ worst enemy?