30 Sep '14, 4pm

Malaysian palm oil company destroys Borneo forests, despite buyer's zero deforestation commitment

Malaysian palm oil company destroys Borneo forests, despite buyer's zero deforestation commitment

"Oil palm fruit. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Malaysian palm oil company Genting Plantations is continuing to destroy forests despite a high-profile pledge by one of its customers to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain, alleges a report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group. The report , published last week, looks at Genting and two other companies that supply palm oil giant Wilmar, which last December committed to a zero deforestation policy. Responding to the report, Wilmar reaffirmed its commitment and said it would look into the allegations. "We note the suppliers named in the report and will address those concerns through this channel accordingly," a Wilmar spokesperson told Mongabay.com. The palm oil giant added that it has a grievance process for dealing with potential breaches of its policy. "We urge NGOs and other stakeholders to raise ...

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