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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oil palm expansion in Nicaragua threatening local communities and forest conservation
Monday, February 11th, 2019
In southeast Nicaragua a palm oil company has allegedly expanded its oil palm cultivations without the necessary environmental permits and driven local farmers to occupy lands at a protected area.
Corruption and land trafficking in Peru’s Ucayali leading to deforestation for rice and palm
Friday, January 18th, 2019
Alleged criminal activity involving civil servants, government officials, judges and business owners in the eastern Peruvian region of Ucayali has been identified as a driver of deforestation in the area as illegally acquired forested lands are converted to palm and rice.
Oil palm companies connected to land grabbing, illegal deforestation and industrial pollution in Latin America
Monday, January 14th, 2019
A Mongabay Latam series on the oil palm industry in several Latin American countries has revealed that the advance of oil palm monocultures has resulted in illegalities, deforestation, environmental pressures, and conflicts with local communities.