New Evidence of Sinar Mas’ Rainforest and Peatland Destruction

April 29, 2010

Greenpeace has new evidence proving that Sinar Mas continues to destroy peatlands and rainforests, pushing orang-utans closer to the brink of extinction and accelerating climate change.Sinar Mas is the largest palm oil producer in Indonesia, supplying many food and cosmetic companies worldwide, including Nestlé via traders like Cargill. It has a long history of breaking its environmental commitments, both in the palm oil and the pulp and paper-sector.

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Executive summary: Most recently, on 4 February 2010, Sinar Mas sent a letter
to its stakeholders stating that PT SMART, one of its subsidiaries and a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, would stop clearing on peatlands and in High Conservation Value (HCV) Areasii, following the release of Greenpeace’s December 2009 report Illegal Forest Clearance and RSPO Greenwash: Case studies of Sinar Mas.

One of the report’s documented examples of illegal forest
clearance features a concession owned by PT Agro Lestari
Mandiri (PT ALM) in Ketapang District,West Kalimantan.

Greenpeace has new evidence from the field, showing that Sinar Mas continued to clear peatlands and orang-utan
habitat in its PT ALM concession, despite its commitment
to stop (see satellite maps in report).

This, in addition to its past actions, shows companies like Cargill and Nestlé, that Sinar Mas’ palm oil commitments cannot be trusted.

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