Opinion piece by Marcus Colchester, May 2019
In a controversial press statement, the Indonesian Government has misrepresented an IUCN report to justify its own agenda to plant more palm oil and cast doubt as to the validity of claims of the palm oil c
After five years of equivocation the European Commission has proposed a ‘Roadmap’ for stepping-up EU action to address its contribution to global deforestation. Despite the escalating impact of EU trade in forest-risk commodities, regardless of repeated calls from the European Parliament for regulatory meas
The Dow Jones Sustainability Index has removed the world’s second largest palm oil company, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), from its list of sustainable companies, reported Friends of the Earth (FoE) this week.
Tropical forests in Borneo are under major threat from deforestation from planned infra-structure development, says a new report published today.
As land disputes over palm oil plantations in West Sumatra flare up, community leaders and human rights defenders are being subjected to increasing intimidation and criminalization by local police allegedly spurred on by planters.
A landmark declaration in 2010 brought human rights abuses by business activities into the spotlight. Since 2017, we have seen significant advances in legislating requirements for human rights due diligence in key markets, and in 2018 negotiations began on a possible Binding Treaty on business and human rights.
Delegates at the 8th Southeast Asian regional conference on Human Rights and Business in Chiang Khong, Thailand have released the Mekong Statement, committing to strengthening collaboration on confronting human rights abuses related to business activities in the region.
Indonesian, Liberian and International NGOs have just filed five (5) new complaints against Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Golden Agri Resources (GAR), after its failure to comply with RSPO standards.
Jakarta – A civil society coalition took action outside the Environment and Forestry Ministry on Friday (23/03/2018), protesting a permit to release state forest land near the Wosimi River in Naikere and Kuriwamesa subdistricts of Wondama Bay Regency, Papua Barat which was issued to an oil palm company, PT Menara Wasior.
After a decade of struggles against the threat of forest destruction, the indigenous community of Long Isun has won a small victory.
Five years after Asia Pulp & Paper, one of the world’s biggest producers of pulp, paper and packaging, released its Forest Conservation Policy, a group of 10 NGOs have highlighted five issues that indicate the company is not yet on a sustainable track.
Indonesian NGOs have protested strongly to the Indonesian government authorities and RSPO about an incident they recorded on 18th December 2017, when police security forces shot and wounded two farmers. The shootings allegedly took place in one of Wilmar International’s oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo.
This video is part of the Global Network for Advanced Management's Palm Oil 2016 online case study and features Marcus Colchester of the Forest Peoples Programme as he outlines the human impact of the Indonesian palm oil industry.
7th Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness in South East Asia issues resolution calling for change in land tenure recognition and security.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has upheld a complaint by Forest Peoples Programme against logging company PT Kemakmuran Berkah Timber (PT KBT).
Over 40 Indonesian civil society organisations have condemned abuses of workers’ rights on Golden Agri Resource’s oil palm plantations in South Sumatra.
Indonesia: Following a detailed joint submission by FPP, Pusaka, Greenpeace and EIA last month, the Complaints Panel of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has issued a Stop Work Order to Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd.