Golden Agri-Resources: Illegal Use of Fire for Land Clearing

The illegal use of fire to clear land for oil palm plantations in Indonesia caused devastating wildfires and record levels of haze across Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia in June 2013. Hospitals in Indonesia reported increases in lung, eye, and skin problems and the Malaysian government advised its citizens to remain indoors.[1] SMART was blamed for the fires.[2] Golden Agri denied any responsibility for the incident, but admitted to doing business with the companies in question.[3]

[1] Huffington Post (2013): Singapore Air Pollution. Indonesia’s President Formally Apologizes For Haze From Forest Fire Smoke, 24 June: www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/singapore-air-pollutionapology_n_3490810.html#slide=2600709  (accessed 01.10.2013).

[2] The Sydney Morning Herald (2013): Fires cause worst haze in Singapore’s history, 22 June: www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/fires-cause-worst-haze-in-singapores-history-20130622-2op40.html  (accessed 01.10.2013).

[3] The Real Singapore (2013): SG’s Wilmar & Golden Agri admit doing business with companies burning land, 27 June; accessed 01.10.2013

Case location
Riau, Indonesia
Indonesia


Affected topics
  • Environmental and Climate protection
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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