Is this Malaysian palm oil firm still destroying forest in Borneo — and selling to Wilmar?

mongabay.com - 9 February 2016

The Malaysian-owned palm oil company Genting Plantations has again been accused of clearing ecologically important secondary forest in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province according to a recent report by Greenomics that raises fresh concerns over the effectiveness of “zero-deforestation” monitoring within the palm oil industry.

The report, titled “Wilmar’s palm oil products continue to be associated with deforestation,” alleges that PT Citra Sawit Cemerlang (PT CSC), a Genting subsidiary, cleared High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest in its concession in West Kalimantan, a violation of Wilmar International’s landmark pledge to purge its supply chain of deforestation. Read more...


Wilmar claims to have made significant progress, environmental NGOs disagree

foresthints.news - 2 February 2016

JAKARTA (foresthints.news) - Singapore-based Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm-oil trader, claims that it has made significant progress with the implementation of its no-deforestation policy over the past two years.

However, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and Greenomics Indonesia dispute the claim. According to the three NGOs, the Wilmar supply chain continues to be affected by deforestation and the company continues to have a long way to go before it can deliver on its commitments, including those given as part of its no-deforestation policy. Read more...


Greenomics: Kebun sawit dominasi areal moratorium gambut

CNN Indonesia - 21 January 2016

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia -- Greenomics Indonesia menilai kemitraan perubahan iklim antara Indonesia-Norwegia, yang ditandatangani pada Mei 2010, telah menyimpang dari tujuan. Salah satunya menyangkut kesepakatan moratorium pembukaan lahan gambut yang tidak terjadi di Provinsi Riau.

Vanda Mutia Dewi, Direktur Eksekutif Greenomics Indonesia menuturkan areal moratorium gambut merupakan salah satu produk dari kemitraan perubahan iklim antara Norwegia-Indonesia. Namun pada kenyataannya, areal moratorium tersebut justru didominasi oleh hamparan perkebunan sawit. Read more...


Wilmar, Musim Mas supplier still destroying forest for oil palm in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

mongabay.com - 3 July 2015

A supplier of palm oil giants Wilmar and Musim Mas has continued to bulldoze valuable forest in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem despite its most prominent customers’ zero-deforestation commitments and repeated exposés of its activities, according to a new report from environmental group Greenomics-Indonesia.

Both Wilmar and Musim Mas have suspended their dealings with the company, Mopoli Raya, whose subsidiary Aloer Timur was still destroying high carbon stock (HCS) forest in Leuser as of June 24, according to photographic evidence provided in the report. Wilmar has urged the company to adopt a sustainability policy similar to its own. It has given Mopoli Raya three months to do so or face an indefinite termination of their relationship. Read more...

Palm oil giants to investigate company found razing Papuan rainforest Print E-mail

Mongabay.com - 18 June 2015

Agribusiness giants Cargill and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) are pledging to investigate a palm oil supplier after an Indonesian environmental group presented evidence of rainforest clearing in New Guinea.

On Thursday, Greenomics-Indonesia released a report documenting destruction of forests in South Sorong, a regency in West Papua, Indonesian New Guinea. Greenomics found that PT Varia Mitra Andalan (VMA), a subsidiary of publicly-listed PT Eagle High Plantations Tbk, continued to clear high carbon stock forests through March 2015, potentially putting it in breach of sustainability commitments established last year by Cargill and GAR. Both companies buy significant volumes of product from Eagle High Plantations, according to public disclosures. Read more...

Oil palm company accused of violating RSPO, IPOP standards in Indonesia Print E-mail

Mongabay.com - 11 June 2015

The reputation of oil palm business group Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSS), a holding of one of Indonesia’s richest men, has in recent days taken hits on multiple fronts, with a pair of NGOs separately accusing the firm of violating various sustainability commitments it is party to.

The criticism highlights holes in both the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP), a high-profile sustainability pact to which palm giants Wilmar, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), Musim Mas, Asian Agri and Cargill as well as the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) are signatories, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an eco-certification initiative that requires companies to abide by certain social and environmental criteria when opening up new lands for plantations. Read more...

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