Samarco Minercao: summary and progress on court cases and fines

Over two years after the disaster, there is still no complete assessment of the socio-environmental and socio-economic damages suffered by the affected communities.

As reported in Dirty Profits 6 – In March 2016, Samarco, Vale and BHP Billiton signed an agreement with the federal and state governments for socioeconomic and environmental recovery work worth a total of around BRL20bn over 15 years.   ... →

Sampoerna Agro: Indonesian Palm Oil producer fined for rainforest destruction

 Für Palmöl gerodeter Regenwald, Quelle: flickr, © H Dragon | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Hayden [CC BY 2.0] - flickr

In a court decision of August 2016, the Indonesian court in Jakarta sentenced the Indonesian palm oil producer Sampoerna Agro to the highest ever penalty for illegal slash and burn agriculture, as Reuters reports.

According to the judgment of 11 August, the company was “negligent in relation to fires” over an area of 3,000 hectares in the province of Riau in 2014.   ... →