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.   ... →

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.   ... →

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 of campaigning by the two groups. Despite numerous promises to clean up its act, Bumitama continues to produce illegal palm oil.   ... →

Australia’s biggest four banks finance land grabs, illegal logging and child labor

A recent Oxfam Australia report (Banking on Shaky Ground, April 2014)  reveals that Australia’s mayor banks- National Australian Bank (NAB),  Commonwealth Bank (CBA), Westpac and ANZ are funding, directly and indirectly, companies which are responsible for human rights violations, land grabbing, illegal logging and child labor in Asia and the Pacific. The report accuses the banks to invest directly and indirectly in questionable companies in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Brazil.   ... →