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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Honduran authorities seek to halt illegal oil palm cultivation within Jeannette Kawas National Park

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Following years of complaints by local communities and conservation organisations, public prosecutors in Honduras have finally begun to investigate illegal deforestation for oil palm cultivation within Jeannette Kawas National Park in north-eastern Honduras.

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Village women take on palm oil firm in Cameroon

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

A recent report by Fern, a European conservation NGO, has revealed damning testimony by local residents of the impacts of an oil palm firm previously subject to allegations of illegal deforestation.

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Forest fires burn in palm oil concessions linked to global brands

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Fires have broken out inside palm oil concessions in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, belonging to suppliers to some of the biggest household brands in the world, according to analysis by Greenpeace Indonesia.

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Gama Plantations concessions closed down due to peat fires

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Four concessions owned in West Kalimantan’s Kubu Raya district have been sealed by the Indonesian Environment and Forest Ministry in law enforcement operations due to ongoing peat fires.

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Indonesian national park cleared for illegal oil palm

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

More than 1,000 hectares of one of Indonesia’s most important national parks has been encroached upon by illegal palm oil plantations, according to an investigation.

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Analysis: Does Indonesia’s storied anti-graft agency have a blind spot for corrupt palm oil deals?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

There is a growing realization that the corrupt allocation of land to plantation firms is a main underlying cause of Indonesia’s deforestation and land-rights crisis. Backroom deals with politicians allow companies to clear rainforests and peat swamps that might otherwise be protected, and to seize land from indigenous and other rural communities, while also channeling dark money into elections. With the stakes so high, then, why has the KPK prosecuted so few of these cases?

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Hundreds of hotspots detected in plantations in West Kalimantan, as Indonesian forest fires rage again

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

The annual debate over blame for the cause of the fires has re-emerged with the smoke in recent weeks, following relatively mild years in 2016 and 2017.

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“Zero deforestation” supply chains tainted by illegal palm oil from Sumatra, as demand exceeds supply of clean produce

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

An investigation in Sumatra has exposed, again, that major palm oil traders are sourcing palm oil produced illegally in the island’s heavily threatened and biologically valuable protected areas.

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GVL drops out of RSPO, months after rebuke for a litany of rights abuses

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

A subsidiary of the giant palm oil and paper conglomerate Sinar Mas has withdrawn from the RSPO, five months after it was rebuked by the certification scheme for coercing communities into giving “consent” to its operations in Liberia.

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GVL rebuked for “coercing” communities in Liberia

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

An investigation the world’s leading palm oil certification body has confirmed that a litany of social abuses have been committed by a major plantation firm in Liberia.

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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?

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Nestlé to phase out palm oil sourcing from Guatemalan company linked to toxic spill

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The move by Nestlé follows that of US agribusiness giant Cargill, which suspended its business relationship with REPSA in November last year.

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Indonesian National Strategic Area loses thousands of hectares of forest in 2017

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Almost 7,000 hectares of forest were destroyed in the Leuser Ecosystem, in the western Indonesian province of Aceh, in 2017.

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Illegal deforestation hit big ag firms where it hurt – in the pocket

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

A new analysis of three major agricultural firms implicated in illegal deforestation reveals how it affected profitability, led to multi-billion dollar decline in market capitalisation and huge losses for investors.

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