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 subsidiary and has been implicated in forced labor, discrimination, low-income and child labor, as Amnesty International reported in a report from 2016.   ... →

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 be one of the leading investors of the palm oil industry. Noble Group for example, a supplier of agricultural and energy products based in Hong Kong, is financed by this bank.   ... →

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.   ... →

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 Rabobank to the Indonesian palm oil company Bumitama. The company is accused of managing an illegal palm oil plantation and of having caused deforestation, thereby not only violating the sustainability policy of Rabobank but also the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.   ... →

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.   ... →

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 between African countries and the European Union to prevent just that says Greenpeace International.

In a new report published today, Greenpeace reveals how one company in Cameroon, has colluded with government officials to illegally obtain a permit to export timber that itself was illegally felled in order to establish a palm oil plantation in the South West region of the country.   ... →