A Rainforest Action Network field investigation team has documented new evidence of large-scale, illegal rainforest destruction within habitat critical to the survival of the Sumatran elephant, tiger and orangutan. RAN’s research has uncovered supply chain connections that link the rogue palm oil company responsible for the deforestation to major global brands through their shared supplier, Wilmar. The companies implicated include PepsiCo, McDonalds, Nestle, Unilever and Procter and Gamble.
This forest clearance is taking place in direct breach of the Indonesian government moratorium on the clearance of rainforests for palm oil plantations announced last April, as well as the no-deforestation policies announced by palm oil giant Wilmar and other brands that commit the companies to eliminate conflict palm oil such as this from their products.
Please watch and share the RAN-produced video below and take action to raise the pressure on Wilmar, PepsiCo and others to immediately suspend relations with all palm oil mills being supplied by the company responsible for this large-scale forest destruction.
This fresh scandal is the first case study featured on RAN’s new web project Leuser Watch, a watchdog site for breaking news of important developments related to the conservation of the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra.
The Leuser Ecosystem is one of the most important expanses of intact rainforests left anywhere in Southeast Asia and among the most biologically diverse landscapes ever documented. It is the only place on earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos live together in the same forest. It is also the source of clean water and agricultural livelihoods for millions of people as well as a globally important region for trapping carbon that would otherwise enter the atmosphere as climate change-causing pollution.