Greenpeace gives palm oil producer a second chance

By Gem Childe on 4th May 2017

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IOI Group was suspended a year ago from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and dropped by companies including Unilever, Kellogg, Mars Incorporated and Nestlé for clearing peatlands in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Greenpeace decided to suspend its campaign to allow the company to demonstrate it is serious about reform.

Kiki Taufik, Global Head of Greenpeace’s Indonesian Forests Campaign, said: “IOI has come a long way in the past 12 months and has now started taking meaningful action to eliminate forest destruction and human rights abuses from its supply chain.

"Greenpeace will be watching closely to make sure IOI follows through. There is still a lot of work to be done to clean up the palm oil industry and we expect other traders to respond with action plans of their own.

"Consumers have had enough of the palm oil industry failing to deliver. Companies cannot keep ignoring forest destruction and human rights abuses. The only way to clean up the industry is for other palm oil traders to follow IOI’s lead and start cutting off suppliers that destroy rainforests or abuse workers,”

Greenpeace is urging companies planning to resume trade with IOI to specify in contracts that the palm oil producer must demonstrate ongoing progress in line with its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy — launched in August last year alongside a comprehensive Sustainability Implementation Plan — as well as the company’s latest commitments.

IOI began closely monitoring its palm oil suppliers to ensure compliance earlier this year and has now agreed to work with NGOs to address social conflict between the communities of Long Teran Kanan and the IOI-Pelita joint venture in Sarawak, Malaysia.