InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The investigation done by Greenpeace International revealed that some palm oil supplier companies have destroyed the forests – almost twice as big as Singapore in less than three years. Their palm oil supply is still used by the biggest brands in the world, such as, Unilever, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, and Mondelez.
Greenpeace International thought, the deforestatio practices done by 25 main palm oil producers might have deforestated more than 130.000 hectare forest since the end of 2015
40% of the deforestation (51.600 hectares) are in Papua, Indonesia – one province having the conservation the most in the world and it was not cultivated by the palm oil industries until the recent years.
12 brands getting the palm oil supply from at least 20 palm oil groups are: Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, Hershey, Kellogg’s, Kraft Heinz, L'Oreal, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser, and Unilever.
Wilmar, the biggest palm oil trader in the world buys it from 18 of 25 suppliers.
The investigation showed that Wilmar International failed to cut off the connection with the forest damagers.
In 2013, Greenpeace International also revealed that Wilmar and its suppliers should be responsible on the deforestation, illegal logging, and the extensive tiger habitat enlargement. In the same year, Wilmar announced its no deforestation, no peat, and no exploitation (NDPE) Policy.
But the analysis of Greenpeace revealed that Wilmar still gets its palm oil supply from the groups that destroy the forest and cultivate the areas from the local people.
“Palm oil could be produced without damaging the forest. But our investigation showed that Wilmar’s palm oil trade is fully contaminated by the forest damage. The household brands, such as, Unilever, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, and Mondelez promised to the customers that they would use clear palm oil, but they break their promise. The global brands should improve it, once for all by cutting off the supply of Wilmar until they can prove that their palm oil stock is clean,” Head of Global Forest Campaign, Greenpeace Indonesia, Kiki Taufik said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Tuesday (19/9/2018).
Besides deforestation, 25 cases in the report also revealed the exploitation and social conflicts, illegal deforestation, no license enlargement, and plantation development in the regions where they should be protected, and the fire in the forest related to the areal enlargement. This is the most comprehensive assesment from the deforestation in Papua, Indonesia.
“Papua is one province having the conservation the most in the earth and its forests are natural for being avoidable from the destruction like in other provinces in Indonesia,” Kiki said. (T2)