Syndicate of banks funding meat packing company JBS -amidst allegations of deforestation, slavery, corruption and fraud.

JBS is the world’s largest meat company by revenues, capacity, and production including beef, poultry, lamb and pork. It is the largest beef exporter from Brazil and it sells its meat products under a range of brands including Swift, Friboi, Seara, Pilgrim’s Pride, Gold Kist Farms, Pierce, 1855, Primo, and Beehive.

According to the Brazilian Environmental Protection Agency (IBAMA), in March 2017, during a raid of two JBS meat processing plants, 59000 cattle were found that had been sourced from illegally deforested land.   ... →

Cargill and Bunge continue to destroy the Amazon region in Bolivia and Brazil

A new report released by Mighty Earth looks at global meat production and its impact on the South American rainforest. It investigates soy production by companies such as Cargill and Bunge, soy being an important input into cattle feed. Soy production in Brazil and Bolivia is contributing to serious deforestation. According to the report large scale forest clearing is being undertaken by Bolivian and Brazilian farmers who trade with Cargill.   ... →

Musim Mas and Wilmar International responsible for continued deforestation in Leuser Ecosystem

A report published by the Indonesian NGO Greenomics on May 6th 2015 shows the continued deforestation of an elephant habitat in Leuser (Indonesia) by a supplier of Musim Mas and Wilmar International, the company Aloer Timur (part of the Mopoli Raya Group). The clearing of high carbon stock (HCS) land in the Indonesian Ecosystem violates the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP) which both companies signed.   ... →

Wilmar International Ltd. continues to cooperate with third-party suppliers that do not comply with its no deforestation policy

According to a new report by the Indonesian NGO Greenomics, Wilmar International Ltd., a major Asian agribusiness, does not extend its highly acclaimed no deforestation policy to its third-party suppliers. The policy, launched in December 2013, involves commitments of ‘no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation’ and claims to ban the development and burning of high carbon-stock (HCS) forests, high conservation-value areas and peatland while at the same time introducing best-management practices on existing plantations and respecting land-tenure rights with specific regard to indigenous people.   ... →

Investors call on all palm oil producers to cease deforestation, development on peat lands, and violations of human rights

LONDON, 4 June 2014 – the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is holding a meeting concerning the responsibilities and challenge to increase certified sustainable palm oil production. So far the certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) production worldwide has risen to 16%, but only 52% of the CSPO is bought by the industries. The ultimate goal of the RSPO is to raise this number to 100%, which means a tremendous increase in the CSPO production, and therefore also a great decrease in deforestation, development on peat lands and human rights violations.   ... →

Diary of Destruction: FOEE Exposes Illegal Palm Oil Activities in Indonesia

Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE) recently announced the release of its factsheet, “Bumitama’s Diary of Destruction,” in a PRESS RELEASE. The fact sheet outlines the destructive and illegal practices currently being carried out in Indonesia by the palm oil producer, Bumitama Agri Ltd. The fact sheet includes a timeline, or diary, of violations, outlining, for example, Bumitama’s continued deforestation and palm oil production activities on land designated as High Conservation Value (HCV) and threatening the region’s protected species, like the endangered orangutan.   ... →