Deforestation

Major palm oil company promises to protect forests

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 28 April 2017 at 9:00am - Comments
Greenpeace activists blockade IOI's palm oil refinery in Rotterdam
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Last year, activists blocked palm oil trader IOI's refinery in Rotterdam. Now the company has made new commitments to protect forests

There's been a major development in our campaign to protect Indonesia's forests. IOI, one of the largest palm oil traders in the world, has just made a significant commitment to protect rainforests. If put into practice, this would address the problems on the company's own plantations and set new standards for the whole industry.

Who still banks on destroying Indonesia's forests?

Posted by jamie — 15 March 2017 at 1:07am - Comments
Forest clearance in land owned by a subsidiary of Bumitama Gunajaya Agro, West K
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Many major banks need to act and refuse funding to palm oil companies that destroy forests

A few weeks ago, HSBC took a big step forward in cutting its links with the destruction of Indonesia's forests by pledging to end funding for destructive palm oil companies. But HSBC is not the only bank lending money to palm oil companies pushing further and further into the forest, and the others now have a lot of catching up to do.

HSBC promises to cut ties with forest-trashing palm oil companies

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 21 February 2017 at 6:09pm - Comments
A Greenpeace volunteer campaigns outside a branch of HSBC
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Greenpeace volunteers campaigned outside HSBC branches in the UK and other countries

There's been a major breakthrough in protecting Indonesia's forests: HSBC has committed to breaking its links to palm oil companies destroying forests and peatlands. This is a fantastic result for everyone who has been campaigning over the last few weeks, although the hard work doesn’t stop there. The real test now is how those words will be put into practice.

Destructive palm oil company IOI let off the hook too easily by RSPO

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 10 August 2016 at 12:32pm - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator bears witness in an IOI palm oil concession
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IOI concessions were severely burnt during the 2015 forest fires

A major palm oil company, which had its sustainability certificates suspended for violating rules designed to prevent the destruction of Indonesia's forests and peatlands, has had those certificates reinstated. This shocking decision by the industry's own sustainability group to lift the suspension sends a message that it's OK for palm oil companies to continue trashing forests in pursuit of profits.

Getting Tough On Palm Oil

Posted by Richard — 27 June 2016 at 2:55pm - Comments

Indonesia's forests and peatlands help regulate the global climate and contain a diversity of life. They are home to some magnificent species, including elephants, orangutans and tigers. Thankfully, pressure from all of us has secured commitments from some of the world's biggest brands to do all they can to protect them.

Palm oil giant IOI has lost customers for destroying forests, but will it change?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 9 June 2016 at 12:12pm - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator bears witness in an IOI palm oil concession
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Bearing witness in an IOI palm oil concession, April 2016

IOI - one of the largest palm oil companies in the world - is having a difficult time right now.

Not only has it recently lost its sustainability certification, but as a result its customers are leaving in droves. And with good reason: our new report shows how IOI's operations have led to the destruction of forests and peatlands in Borneo, despite repeated promises to protect these areas.

Brazilian supermarket giant Pão de Açúcar stops buying deforestation beef

Posted by Richardg — 1 April 2016 at 12:09pm - Comments
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Activists in Sao Paulo put stickers on beef saying 'do you know where your beef comes from?'

Great news: Pão de Açúcar – one of Brazil’s major supermarket chains – has finally agreed to stop stocking beef linked to forest destruction. It's a huge victory for Brazilian consumers, who joined Greenpeace's campaign in their thousands - but it's also big deal for the planet. Here's why.

Palm oil: who's still trashing forests?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 3 March 2016 at 11:39am - Comments
A crime scene: burned peatland and forest remains, planted with oil palm
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How 'clean' is the palm oil used by major brands around the world? Today, we're releasing the results of our investigation into which companies are keeping promises to stop deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil. Take a look now to see who's keeping up - and who's lagging way behind.

Choked in smoke - living in the thick of Indonesia’s haze

Posted by ZamZami — 25 September 2015 at 4:31pm - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator documents fire on recently cleared peatland
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Smoke caused by forest fires and peatland destruction, is covering about 80% of Sumatra, Indonesia. And it seems like no matter how far you try to escape, the smoke follows.

My wife and daughter should be at our home in Pekanbaru, Riau on the east of Sumatra right now. It’s been more than a month since we moved, or rather escaped to my parent’s house in West Sumatra. But like a dark cloud over my head I’ve since discovered that wherever I go, smoke follows.

Tracking trees: How one Amazon Indigenous community is using tech to fight illegal logging

Posted by Fran G — 11 September 2015 at 11:19am - Comments
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For the Ka’apor people of Brazil, protecting the Amazon rainforest isn’t just about climate change or wildlife. It is about survival.

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