Land clearing operations carried out by Sinar Mas for palm oil production in the rainforests near Danau Sentarum National Park.

Things are moving: Sinar Mas, the Indonesian palm oil supplier at the heart of our ongoing campaign against Nestlé, has announced that it plans to appoint several independent groups to “verify” what we have said about the company, as the Jakarta Globe reports this morning.

There is no doubt, though: Sinar Mas is breaking Indonsian law by clearing protected forests for palm oil plantations that are pushing into carbon-rich peatlands and rainforests. Not only are these areas key habitat for orangutans, their destruction is also a major cause of Indonesia’s rocketing carbon emissions.

It’s no wonder Sinar Mas isn’t amused. After we exposed the links Nestlé has to the palm oil producer in a damning new report, the Swiss-based food giant immediately announced its intention to end contracts with Sinar Mas. Yesterday, more good news came our way as Cargill, another of Nestlé's suppliers, said it was also reviewing its relationship with Sinar Mas (the Financial Times reported).

Our campaign, which has seen a controversial, hugely popular video travel around the world, has clearly come a long way.

In France, the large retail group Casino has just announced that it plans to drop palm oil from its own brand products by the end of the year and replace it with rapeseed and sunflower oil (as Le Monde reports). Earlier this week, the Finnish energy company Neste Oil said it plans to investigate its own palm oil supply chain.

Companies are starting to take note. Thanks to everyone who’s been spreading the message with us, palm oil is now at the centre of attention. As Greenpeace campaigner Belinda Fletcher told the Sydney Morning Herald: “We have been so amazed by how this has taken on a life of its own. It's clear it is an issue that people really care about."

German newspaper “interviews” Kumi Naidoo

The magazine of Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung has “interviewed” our Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo, for their popular series “Interview without words”. For the feature, the newspaper asks questions, but instead of answering, interviewees are photographed reacting to them. The ten black and white images they shot of Kumi are online as a slideshow here.

(Picture credit: © Edy Purnomo / Greenpeace)