Criticism of Wilmar continues: Amnesty International finds labour violations

 West Kalimantan
Boy collecting Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) in an oil palm plantation. Sanggau, West Kalimantan. November 2005. | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Wakx [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] - flickr

Whether Nestlé, Unilever, Procter & Gamble or Kellogg’s, palm oil is included in almost all branded products. Behind it is often one name: Wilmar, an agrarian company and leading palm oil producer. Especially in Indonesia, the Group operates through a   ... →

HSBC and Commerzbank are financing dubious palm oil company Noble

 Oil palm graveyard - these palms were injected with pesticides (paraquat, according to locals) so to kill them and allow preparations for the next planting. | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Wakx [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] - Flickr

In January 2017 Greenpeace released the report „Dirty Bankers – How HSBC is financing forest destruction for palm oil“.   This report provides a detailed explanation of the business relations between HSBC and controversial palm oil companies.
HSBC is considered to   ... →

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   ... →

Press Release: Friends of the Earth files OECD complaint against Rabobank finance for illegal palm oil

Amsterdam, Brussels, 1st July 2014

Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and Friends of the Earth Europe have filed a complaint with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development against the Dutch Rabobank. The complaint focuses on multiple loans from   ... →

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   ... →

Press Release: Illegal conversion timber export threatens African countries’ forests and agreements with EU

Amsterdam, 27 May 2014 – Illegal and corrupt behaviour by foreign-owned companies engaged in establishing large palm oil plantations not only threatens local communities and forested areas throughout west and central Africa, but will seriously undermine legislation being set up   ... →

Press Release: Deutsche Bank divests from Bumitama after civil society pressure

Brussels/Berlin, May 26, 2014 – Deutsche Bank has told Friends of the Earth Europe and Rettet den Regenwald that it sold its shares in the Indonesian palm oil supplier Bumitama, an important supplier to palm oil giant Wilmar, following months   ... →

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   ... →