Palm oil supplier to food giants clears forest, peatland in Indonesia, Greenpeace says
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Palm oil supplier to food giants clears forest, peatland in Indonesia, Greenpeace says

GREENPEACE has released video evidence that a palm oil supplier for several major food companies has destroyed rainforest in Indonesia.

Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever have all purchased palm oil from subsidiaries of the Yemen-based Hayel Saeed Anam Groupaccording to the companies’ disclosures of their suppliers. Crews on the group’s PT Megakarya Jaya Raya oil palm concession in Indonesia’s Papua province cleared 40 square kilometres of forest between May 2015 and April 2017, according to Greenpeace’s satellite-image analysis.

“Companies like Unilever and Nestlé claim to be industry leaders,” forest campaigner Richard George of Greenpeace UK said in a statement. “So why are they still buying from forest destroyers like the HSA group? What are their customers supposed to think? What will it take to get them to act?”

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Palm Oil Supplier Destroys Forest in Papua

WATCH and SHARE this devastating new footage of deforestation if you think more people should be concerned with this destruction.Location: Papua (Indonesian region)Who's destroying it? A palm oil supplier to Mars, Incorporated, Nestlé, PepsiCo. and UnileverRead more: ecowatch.com/massive-deforestation-in-indonesiavia Greenpeace International

Posted by EcoWatch on Friday, April 27, 2018

Unilever, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Mars have all committed to buy palm oil and other products that aren’t tainted with the clearing of forests, the destruction of peatlands or the exploitation of workers — known collectively as “no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation” policies.

But two of these companies’ suppliers, Arma International and Pacific Oils and Fats, are controlled by the Hayel Saeed Anam Group. PepsiCo, Mars and Unilever purchased palm oil from the Arma International, according to lists of suppliers released by the food producers. And Nestlé said that it bought palm oil from Pacific Oils and Fats.

Greenpeace published a report in March questioning whether these and other high-profile companies that have made no-deforestation pledges are actually on track to meet that goal by 2020.

In Greenpeace’s aerial shots, the dense forests around the PT Megakarya Jaya Raya concession soon give way to hectare upon hectare of moonscape-like razed forest, the felled trees scattered like matchsticks across a bare surface.

SEE ALSO: Pepsi cuts off Indonesian palm oil supplier over labour, sustainability concerns

In 2016, the World Resources Institute reported that deforestation remains a problem in Indonesia and that in 2015 Papua and West Papua provinces had their highest deforestation rates since 2001.

“Just weeks ago we asked major consumer brands like Pepsi and Nestlé to confirm that they were making good on their commitments to stop buying palm oil from companies that destroy forests, but this footage reveals just how far behind they really are,” Diana Ruiz, a palm oil campaigner with Greenpeace USA, said in the statement.

“Brands need to ensure their supply chains are free from deforestation and the only way to do this is to proactively monitor and enforce their no deforestation standards,” Ruiz said.

This article was originally published on Mongabay.