This year, huge fires raged across the Sumatran province of Riau, producing massive amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and pollutants in a haze that stretched over Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The fires caused health problems for countless people, and destroyed deep peat lands and forests that are home to as few as 400 remaining Sumatran Tigers.
Greenpeace field investigations show that it was the dry peat that allowed for the fires to grow massive. Organic wetlands are currently drained by palm oil manufacturers to make the soil more suitable for cultivating palm trees.
Palm oil alone was responsible for 15% of the loss of tiger habitat, and the vast majority of the forest cleared in identified oil palm concessions in Sumatra during 2009–2011 was tiger habitat. Our report highlights the role that Wilmar International--the biggest trader of palm oil products globally--plays.
Household names including Colgate Palmolive, Mondelez International (formerly Kraft), biofuel company Neste Oil, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, and a host of other companies are linked to Singapore-based Wilmar International Ltd and its international trade in dirty palm oil.
The Sumatran tiger represents all that can be lost if industry keeps destroying rainforests to produce global commodities.
Greenpeace believes that Wilmar and the household brands that buy its palm oil must recognise the true costs of irresponsible palm oil production. They need to ensure that their palm oil supply makes a genuine contribution to Indonesia’s development, its wildlife, and the climate conditions of both Southeast Asia and the world - on which we all depend. Greenpeace believes this company can and should play a key part in transforming the industry by implementing a No Deforestation policy though out its entire supply chain.