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SumofUs Shareholder Resolution

 

 

 

SumOfUs members filed a shareholder resolution against one of the biggest chocolate companies in the world – Mondelez and Cadbury – asking them to clean up their act for forests and farmers.

 

 


Inspirational film: “The Chocolate Case” about ending slavery in cocoa

Screening and discussion in London: Thursday 06 December 2018 6:30pm to 9:00pm. 

Is eating chocolate linked to child slavery? Watch this entertaining and shocking documentary film about the journalists investigating global chocolate production.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, LSE IDEAS, United Nations Cinema and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands present a screening of The Chocolate Case, followed by a panel discussion on the links between responsible business, consumers, and modern day slavery. Hosted by LSE IDEAS, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London and United Nations Cinema in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building. (Speakers, Arjen Boekhold, Dr Marjolein Busstra, Charlotte Williams Dr Mary Martin).

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEChocolate

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Message from Tony’s Chocolonely: A slave free cocoa industry by creating strong cocoa farmers

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Let’s start from the beginning: our mission is to make chocolate 100% slave free. In order to achieve our goal we follow five key sourcing principles: traceable beans, a higher price, strong farmers, a long term relationship with our partner farmers and better quality and productivity. In this blog we’re focusing on strong farmers. Why is this so important to create a slave free cocoa industry? What measures need to be taken to make farmers stronger?

Child labor is not a choice

Let’s say you’re an Ivorian (from Ivory Coast) farmer. You’ve had little education, you’ve got no car, no land security and you make about a dollar a day. The farm gate price you receive for your crop is only $2.03 per kilogram (at least, that’s what it was in 2017) and you’ve got no other sources of income. On top of that, your cocoa harvest is about 1,000 kilos per year. That’s not huge.

Poverty is the main cause of illegal child labor in West Africa. To prevent illegal child labor and modern slavery is to eradicate poverty. Not by handing out cash, but by creating strong farmers.

Invest in cooperatives

A cooperative simply means uniting farmers pursuing a common goal to create a strong position. One farmer alone might not be able to afford pesticides or fertilizer. A cooperative, however, is able to supply pesticides for all members for a lower cost per person. Besides supplies, a cooperative may contribute in education in fertile farming. A cooperative means scale advantages.

Organize general annual meetings

One way to involve farmers in the organization of cooperatives is to organize annual meetings. An annual meeting is the perfect opportunity for each involved party (farmers, cocoa buyers) to learn about each other’s objectives and to ask critical questions. General annual meetings provide farmers with insight to the rest of the value chain.

Tony’s annual general meetings

In our case we used these meetings as a chance to celebrate and to put the farmers we work with in the spotlight. We traveled around with our fresh, new Tony’s party truck, we brought Ivorian comedian Magnific along with us and we hosted a concert.

General annual meetings boring?

Not with us, pal.


New Report: Corporate Promises Failing to Stop Cocoa-Driven Deforestation

New Report: One Year In, Chocolate Industry Commitments Fail to Stop Deforestation

Over half of Ivorian protected areas reviewed saw deforestation increase after corporate pledges

ABIDJAN AND WASHINGTON, DC, DECEMBER 7, 2018 – Despite the chocolate industry’s pledge to cease sourcing cocoa linked to deforestation one year ago, a new Mighty Earth report finds that deforestation in West Africa for cocoa has continued, and in some cases has increased. The report, Behind the Wrapper: Greenwashing in the Chocolate Industry, identifies deforestation hotspots, including in protected areas and national parks, putting some of the last refuges for forest elephants and chimpanzees at risk and threatening the stability of the regional climate. In Côte d’Ivoire, satellite analysis recorded approximately 13,748 hectares of deforestation in the cocoa-growing Southwest region alone, between November 2017 and September 2018. This forest loss is equivalent to 15,000 football fields.

Last year, the world’s largest chocolate and cocoa companies like Hershey’s and Lindt stood beside representatives of the two primary cocoa-producing countries, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and committed to transform their industry, creating the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI). They pledged to end deforestation linked to the production of cocoa, and promised to make the production of cocoa compatible with environmental protection and human rights.

Approaching the one-year anniversary of these commitments, Mighty Earth used a combination of satellites, drones, and on-the-ground field teams to identify how – and if – these commitments are being implemented in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

The report found that over half of the Ivorian forest areas reviewed showed an increase in their rates of deforestation since the announcement of the CFI one year ago. This deforestation violates the most fundamental tenet of the chocolate industry’s and governments’ commitment: to end new cultivation of cocoa in national parks and protected areas.

“The governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have clearly failed to clamp down on this ongoing deforestation,” said Etelle Higonnet of Mighty Earth. “The chocolate industry has spent the last year celebrating itself for its commitments to immediately cease deforestation from cocoa, but the chocolate industry continues to buy cocoa from suppliers linked to the destruction of some of West Africa’s last forests.”

Mighty Earth’s field team documented that farmers who engaged in deforestation for cocoa were still able to openly sell their cocoa to chocolate companies without repercussions. Farmers caught clearing forest for cocoa told investigators that they did not face sanctions, any cuts in supply chains, or even warnings. In the Goin Debé classified forest, for example, not much had changed since Mighty Earth’s initial 2017 investigation. One forest had been cleared and planted with cocoa just two days before researchers arrived – in the same protected area inspected less than a year prior. The field investigation documented children laboring in cocoa fields as well.

“Mighty Earth applauded the commitments made last year, but we know that corporate pledges are only as valuable as their follow-through,” said Higonnet. “We did document some areas where clear progress has been made, so we know it’s possible for companies and local authorities to make positive change. But companies like Cadbury and SucDen still refuse to accept global deforestation-free policies. Unacceptable deforestation and child labor is still happening in front of our eyes. Industry and the governments in cocoa producing countries must address the unacceptable discrepancy between commitments and implementation. And they must do so urgently, before the next deforestation ‘peak danger season’ – which begins in January – irreversibly damages the ecosystems of West Africa.”


Nouveau rapport : Un an après, les engagements du secteur du chocolat ne parviennent pas à stopper la déforestation

Nouveau rapport : Un an après, les engagements du secteur du chocolat ne parviennent pas à stopper la déforestation

Un accroissement de la déforestation a été enregistré dans plus de la moitié des aires protégées inspectées en Côte d’Ivoire, après les engagements des grandes entreprises du chocolat.

ABIDJAN ET WASHINGTON, DC – 7 DÉCEMBRE, 2018 — Malgré les engagements pris l’an dernier par les grands chocolatiers en faveur d’un cacao sans déforestation, le dernier rapport de Mighty Earth révèle que la déforestation liée au cacao s’est poursuivie en Afrique de l’Ouest, et s’est même intensifiée dans certains endroits. Le rapport intitulé Chocolat : mensonges sous emballage a identifié des points chauds de déforestation, y compris dans des aires protégées et des parcs nationaux. Ce phénomène met en danger les derniers refuges des éléphants de forêts et chimpanzés du pays et menace la stabilité climatique de la région. En Côte d’Ivoire, des analyses satellites ont montré qu’entre novembre 2017 et septembre 2018, rien que pour la région cacaoyère du sud-ouest, environ 13 748 hectares de forêt ont été détruits, soit l’équivalent de 15 000 terrains de football.

L’an dernier, les principales entreprises du secteur du chocolat et du cacao comme Hershey’s et Lindt se sont engagées aux côtés des représentants de la Côte d’Ivoire et du Ghana, les deux plus grands producteurs de cacao au monde, à transformer la filière en créant l’Initiative Cacao et Forêts (ICF). Ces derniers ont promis de mettre fin à la déforestation liée à la production de cacao, et de rendre cette dernière compatible avec la protection de l’environnement et des droits humains.

À l’approche de ce premier anniversaire, Mighty Earth a déployé un arsenal de satellites et de drones, et des équipes sur le terrain pour vérifier comment (et si) ces engagements ont été mis en œuvre avec en Côte d’Ivoire et au Ghana.

Or, le rapport montre que depuis le lancement de l’ICF, le taux de déforestation s’est accru pour plus de la moitié des aires forestières inspectées en Côte d’Ivoire. Cette déforestation viole l’engagement premier du secteur du chocolat et des gouvernements : mettre fin aux nouvelles cultures de cacao dans les parcs nationaux et dans les aires protégées.

« Les gouvernements de Côte d’Ivoire et du Ghana ont clairement échoué à mettre un frein à la déforestation en cours, a déclaré Etelle Higonnet de Mighty Earth. Le secteur du chocolat a passé l’année à se féliciter de ses engagements pour cesser immédiatement la déforestation liée au cacao, mais il continue à s’approvisionner en cacao auprès de fournisseurs impliqués dans la destruction des dernières forêts d’Afrique de l’Ouest. »

L’équipe de terrain de Mighty Earth a pu démontrer que les cultivateurs qui déboisaient pour la culture du cacao étaient encore en mesure de vendre ouvertement leur cacao sans encourir de représailles. Des cultivateurs surpris en train de défricher des forêts pour le cacao ont expliqué aux enquêteurs qu’ils ne s’étaient exposés à aucune sanction, à aucune interruption de la chaîne d’approvisionnement, ni même à des avertissements. Pour la forêt classée de Goin-Débé, par exemple, visitée par Mighty Earth lors de sa première enquête en 2017, les choses n’ont pas vraiment évolué. Une forêt a été défrichée et plantée de cacaoyers deux jours avant l’arrivée des enquêteurs, précisément dans l’aire protégée inspectée il y a moins d’un an. L’enquête de terrain a également mis en lumière du travail d’enfants dans les champs de cacao.

« Mighty Earth a applaudi les engagements pris l’an dernier par le secteur du chocolat, mais nous savons que ces promesses ne valent que si elles sont tenues, poursuit Etelle Higonnet. Nous avons aussi constaté que des progrès évidents ont été accomplis à certains endroits. Il est donc possible pour ces sociétés et les autorités locales d’entreprendre des changements positifs. Mais des sociétés comme Cadbury et SucDen refusent encore de s’engager à des politiques mondiales « zéro déforestation ».

La déforestation et le travail des enfants sont inadmissibles ; c’est pourtant ce qui se déroule encore sous nos yeux. Le secteur et les gouvernements des pays producteurs de cacao doivent s’attaquer à ce décalage inacceptable entre leurs engagements et leur mise en œuvre. Ils doivent le faire de toute urgence, avant que la prochaine « haute saison dangereuse » pour la déforestation, qui débute en janvier, ne provoque pour les écosystèmes d’Afrique de l’Ouest des dégâts irréversibles. »


Thousands of Customers & Community Leaders Urge Whole Foods to Set Environmental Standards for Meat

Mighty Earth, a global environmental non-profit, delivered over 160,000 petitions to Whole Foods managers today in Austin TX; Chicago, IL; Fayetteville, AR; and Minneapolis, MN. These petitions have been signed by over 7,200 local residents and 160,000 global customers (via two online petitions), urging Whole Foods to set clear environmental standards for the meat sold in stores and to stop selling from highly polluting companies like Tyson and Cargill.

This petition delivery comes on the heels of Thanksgiving-themed rallies held in front of Whole Foods stores across the country last month, representing a coalition of 180 organizations committed to promoting sustainable food in their communities.

“It is clear that customers expect high sustainability standards when they shop at Whole Foods, and are shocked to find out dollars are being directed to some of the most polluting companies in the world when they buy meat,” said Mighty Earth Organizer in Austin, TX Lucas Judson. “Whole Foods needs to live up to their sustainable branding and set clear environmental standards for their meat.”

A report released by Mighty Earth found that Whole Foods has no environmental standards for the meat it buys, and that the company is sourcing from companies ranked by the EPA as among the top water polluters in the country- including Tyson Foods and Cargill, the same suppliers used by McDonald’s. The bulk of this pollution comes from toxins washing off fields that produce feed for Whole Foods meat, as well as irresponsibly managed manure that is often dumped directly into waterways across the United States. This pollution could be dramatically reduced through more sustainable farming practices for producing feed and managing manure, yet the industry has so far resisted adopting these reforms.

“As one of America’s largest grocery stores that buys large quantities of meat, Whole Foods has significant leverage to require meat suppliers to use environmentally responsible farming practices that keep our waters clean and communities healthy- and the public expects them to use it” noted Anya Fetcher, a resident and campaign volunteer for Mighty Earth in Austin, TX.

The McWholeFoods campaign is working to educate and mobilize customers across the country to demand Whole Foods strengthen its sustainability standards for meat suppliers to reduce water and climate pollution. Despite growing calls from customers, Whole Foods has so far refused to respond to the demands of hundreds of thousands of customers that they set environmental standards for meat. Campaigners will be meeting with store managers in Chicago, IL; Fayetteville, AR; Austin, TX; and Minneapolis, MN to deliver petitions and request a response from the company executive headquarters.


Webinar: How Companies Can Clean Up Their Meat Supply Chains

Webinar: How Companies Can Clean Up Their Meat Supply Chains

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwiFDS3A7fc

In November, Mighty Earth hosted a discussion on environmental degradation caused by meat production across the United States, the key stakeholders impacted, and the solutions companies need to adopt to reduce the most urgent environmental and public health consequences of this supply chain.

Panelists:

Lucia von Reusner, Mighty Earth Mary

Beth Gallagher, Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment

Tarah Heinzen, Food & Water Watch


Return to Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana - Second Field Investigation and Satellite

 From the field: Ongoing Deforestation in Cote D’Ivoire

Mighty Earth returned to Côte d’Ivoire to see what’s happened on the ground, since the chocolate industry and government promises made at the November 2017 COP in Bonn — to go deforestation-free


One year ago, the world’s largest chocolate and cocoa companies stood beside representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the two major cocoa-producing countries, and committed to transform their industry. They said they would end deforestation linked to the production of cocoa and protect human rights better. Mighty Earth monitored these promises all year. We conducted analysis of remote sensing data of forests in the cocoa-growing regions of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. In October 2018, Mighty Earth sent a field team to check things out on the ground in Côte d’Ivoire. Did the reality live up to the promises?


This is what we found.

In the Goin Debé classified forest, deforestation for cocoa was continuing, and the local cocoa farmers reported that families were exchanging land to make room for more cocoa. One forest had been cleared and planted with cocoa just two days before our team arrived – in the protected area we had investigated less than a year prior.

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In the Cavally Forest Reserve, the team headed into a dense intact forest, their path cleared by the machete swings of SODEFOR rangers. After 30 minutes, the forest cover began to thin and cocoa trees appeared. Some were one year old or less, indicating that they had likely been planted after the Frameworks of the Cocoa and Forest Initiative were announced in November 2017 at the Bonn COP.


 

 

Some protected areas are on the verge of extinction in the next 10 years, if the deforestation rates of the last year continue. These forests are mostly in the Southwest of the Côte d’Ivoire, in the cocoa producing heartland. Goin Debé is projected to vanish in around fifty years, if we continue with business as usual. Moyen Cavally the same.


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Full-sun cocoa prevents the growth of other species, and creates a biodiversity wasteland – a food desert for birds, bats, bees, and other living things. In contrast, densely shaded agroforestry retains important benefits of a natural forest.


While top chocolate companies and their executives and investors make sizable profits in this industry worth $100 billion a year, they pay very low wages and rely on extensive child labor. Our team found child labour in the field.


Some Ivorian forests we studied saw improvements, with deforestation rates going down. The top performers included the forest authorities protecting Tai, Nzo, Semien, Fransobi, Port Gauthier, Rapides Grah, Dassioko Sud and Nord, with Haute Dono and Bolo Ouest seeing the strongest positive changes of any area.

Unfortunately, other Ivorian forests saw things actually get worse, not better. Despite the promises made by industry and government, as this photo essay demonstrates in Goin Debe and Cavaly, the deforestation rates rose. Other poor-performing protected areas were Mont Kourabahi and Niouniourou Bloc Deux. But Cavaly Mont Sante (similar name but different protected area) stood out far and away as the worst of all. Tragically, even the national park designation was not enough to save Mont Peko, where deforestation rates rose as well.


Farmers hack down the smaller trees with machetes, but the oldest are too large to chop. They are burned instead; like this ancient giant we walked past, whose base has been charred by an illegal fire.


The Ivorian and Ghanaian governments have clearly failed to clamp down on this ongoing deforestation, and companies, despite their public commitments, have continued to buy cocoa from suppliers connected to deforestation. While companies and local authorities have taken some actions to limit deforestation, and some areas saw improvements, we nonetheless documented that farmers who engaged in deforestation for cocoa were still able to openly sell their cocoa without repercussions.


Deforestation in Ghana from 2001-2017. Red dots represent forest loss.

Deforestation in Ghana from November 2017-2018.

To assess the impact of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, we conducted analysis of remote sensing data across national parks and other protected areas in the cocoa-growing region in Ghana too.

This shows new tree cover loss in Ghana’s cocoa region in 2018. Ghana made tremendous progress this past year in mobilizing to end deforestation for cocoa, but they have a long way to go. Most of their forests are already gone. And satellite mapping shows that deforestation for cocoa is still continuing.


 

A year ago, we were all filled with hope when Prince Charles, Initiatief Duurzame Handel, and the World Cocoa Foundation helped industry and governments pledge to do better. Clearly key actors are failing and have not kept their promises. However, there is still room for optimism. Some authorities and companies have already gotten on the right track, proving that solutions are within are grasp. We can all do better. It’s not too late.


The future is in all of our hands.

Take action now.


Belgium joins France in calling for an EU due diligence cocoa law

Belgium joins France in calling for an EU due diligence cocoa law

Antwerp, Belgium – For the first time, Belgium has called on the European Commission to regulate the cocoa supply chain, including through a “due diligence cocoa law”. France made the same call, last month.

EU regulation of the cocoa sector could ensure real protection for human rights as it would create a level playing field to make sure that good corporations aren’t being undercut by unscrupulous companies. It could also be part of an ambitious EU action plan against other imported commodities tied to large-scale deforestation such as coffee, rubber, palm oil, and worst of all, soy.

Belgium is the fourth largest importer of cocoa and the second biggest exporter of chocolate in the world, boasting a yearly production of 600.000 tonnes and an enviable reputation for its high quality. The Belgian chocolate sector therefore carries considerable weight in the global cocoa economy. Despite this, in recent years Belgium had not been very involved in discussions on sustainability in the cocoa sector which is plagued by systemic issues such as extreme poverty, child labor, and massive deforestation.

Recent studies have shown that cocoa is the number one cause of deforestation in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, as well as a major driver in other producer nations like Ecuador, Peru, Cameroon, and Indonesia.[1] Moreover, the majority of cocoa farmers live in extreme poverty, earning under one Euro per day – far less than they need for a decent living. Recent studies have shown that cocoa farmers on average earn about a third of what they need in order to make a living income.[1] 2.1 million children work in the cocoa industry, 96% of whom are doing work considered “hazardous.”

Belgium’s call comes as a part of a sustainability initiative that is being set up by the Belgian government, the Belgian chocolate sector and civil society. The Belgian ‘Beyond Chocolate’ partnership aims to support the commitments of the Ivory Coast and Ghana to halt deforestation in their cocoa sectors by 2025, and to reach zero deforestation for all other cocoa origins by 2030. At the same time, a living income for cocoa producers should be secured by 2030. The different parties stress the interlinkages between deforestation and human rights in the cocoa supply chain.

“Deforestation in the cocoa sector is directly linked with the extreme poverty in which cocoa farmers live. We cannot sustainably stop deforestation if we don’t make sure that cocoa farmers make a living income.” (Bart Van Besien, Policy Officer at Oxfam-Wereldwinkels)

“Legislative measures are crucial to raise the bar and ensure that EU commodity imports are no longer linked to forest destruction – we are happy that the Belgian government recognises the urgency of an EU Action Plan against Deforestation and forest Degradation”, (Béatrice Wedeux, Forest Policy Officer at WWF-Belgium)

“The recent announcements from Belgium and France are signs that we are making real progress in the fight for sustainable cocoa. As the top consumer of cocoa worldwide, the EU has massive responsibility to fix the problem. Now is the time for other countries — especially Germany and the Netherlands — to join in the movement and enact their own policies to fight cocoa-driven deforestation.” (Etelle Higonnet, Campaign Director at Mighty Earth)

The Belgian initiative is in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and thus the signatories accept that protection of the environment and human rights should be an integral part of doing business.

Belgium’s bold decision to call for EU legislation on cocoa can help level the playing field and make sustainable chocolate a reality.

Facts and figures

  • Belgium is the fourth largest importer of cocoa beans worldwide – and the third largest importer of cocoa beans in Europe, after the Netherlands and Germany.
  • Every year more than 300 thousand tonnes of cocoa beans enter via the port of Antwerp.
  • The port of Antwerp is not only important for the Belgian chocolate sector, it is also an important port for the import of cocoa beans for industry in Germany, the Netherlands, France and other EU countries.
  • Belgium is home to approximately five hundred companies active in the cocoa processing industry and chocolate sector, ranging from large multinationals to Small and Medium Enterprises and artisanal chocolatiers.
  • The Belgian chocolate sector accounts for an annual turnover of almost five billion euros.
  • Every year almost 600,000 tons of chocolate are exported by Belgian chocolate makers to other EU countries as well as the USA and Japan.
  • This makes Belgium the second largest chocolate exporter in the world.

Credit: Daniel Rosenthal/Laif/Redux
Credit: Mighty Earth


Save a Chimp

Give to this African rainforests conservation fund, where people can donate to efforts that help save the last – often endangered – primates of Ivory Coast. To donate to Scott McGraw's  African rainforests conversation fund, The Tai Monkey Project,  and chip in to save chimps - click here

View Scott McGraw's presentation on the The Tai Monkey Project below, or click here to view as a PDF.


Organizers Deliver Thousands of Petitions to Yamaha headquarters

Last week, Mighty Earth organizers delivered over 3000 petitions to Yamaha headquarters locations. Thousands of activists are calling on Yamaha  to stop supporting policies that threaten oceans and the delicate marine ecosystems that sustain so much of the planet’s life.

U.S. fisheries management has been largely successful, and dozens of fish populations have bounced back in recent years. This progress was only possible because the U.S. set up management systems for fishing that balance ocean health with recreational and commercial angling. The Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the primary law governing marine fisheries management, uses science-based evidence to establish catch limits for fish to balance recreational and commercial fishing goals with the long-term sustainability of the nation’s fishery resources.

But Yamaha and other big corporations have recently engaged in a lobbying effort to undermine the law. In pursuit of short-term profits, these companies are willing to undermine sound science and risk the hard-won accomplishments of this bipartisan effort.

Across the country, anglers, environmentalists, musicians who play Yamaha instruments, their fans, and other potential Yamaha customers know that responsible management is critical to the health of our oceans. They do not want Yamaha pushing for laws that lead to overfishing and empty oceans.

And so, after this anti-ocean lobbying effort was discovered, Mighty Earth sent organizers out into the field. Our team is on the ground now in Long Beach, California, a city near Yamaha’s corporate Headquarters; Kennesaw, Georgia, home to the headquarters of Yamaha Motor; and New Orleans, Louisiana, a musical hotspot and a coastal community that is inextricably linked to the ocean and its fisheries. For months, we have alerted the public to this corporate lobbying effort and collected signatures from concerned citizens.

In anticipation of the petition delivery, Mighty Earth organizers requested to meet with Yamaha executives. Both Yamaha Corporation of America President, Tom Sumner, and Yamaha Marine Group Government Relations Manager, Martin Peters, refused to schedule a meeting with Mighty Earth. In the lobby of Yamaha’s Kennesaw Headquarters, Peters again refused to sit down and discuss the concerns of his customers and abruptly left in the middle of our activists’ statements; although he did take the stack of petitions with him.

We know they can hear us, last month Yamaha Marine Group posted on Twitter in reaction to a series of rallies Mighty Earth hosted. And now, we have just delivered 3000 signatures right to their door. But the fight continues, and it’s not too late to add your voice. People are rising up to call on Yamaha to stop driving overfishing. Join us – sign the petition to protect our oceans today!


Mighty Earth Ethical Consumer Guide

This holiday season, buy chocolate from the heart. Please don’t buy chocolate that’s connected to child labor, slavery, or deforestation. Make sure you purchase chocolate only from companies that do their part to protect forests and wildlife.

We’ve pulled together rankings from different experts to give you a sense of where it’s at for some of the world’s biggest chocolate companies in terms of human rights, organic, fair trade, deforestation, and other issues.

Plus you can read up here, if you want to see some of the best guides out there, to help consumers buy the right chocolate:

This guide by Simran Sethi helps you make sense of the different labels – she walks you through what does it mean when a chocolate is “directly traded,” or “bean-to-bar,” and breaks down what various certifications like Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance entail. https://newfoodeconomy.org/conscious-eaters-chocolate-guide/

The Ethical Consumer guide investigates, scores and ranks the ethical and environmental record of 99 brands of bars of chocolate, chocolate snacks and gift chocolates. They review child labour, deforestation, shine a light on the ethics of Divine and give some Best Buys advice. https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/food-drink/shopping-guide/chocolate

If you’re in a rush and just want a quick list of good chocolate to buy, the Good Trade lists some chocolates that it recommends, which are fair trade and mostly organic  https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/fair-trade-chocolate

http://www.thegoodshoppingguide.com/ethical-chocolate/

https://grist.org/food/a-guide-to-ethical-chocolate/

If you’re in the UK, you can check this out: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2007/sep/28/food

And if you’re in Australia, you’re in luck as there are two guides for you: http://fairtrade.com.au/Fairtrade-Products/Chocolate-cocoa and https://guide.ethical.org.au/guide/browse/guide/?type=126

We’ll have a full ranking of 150 companies ready later on, so stay tuned for a really comprehensive ranking coming soon!

Enjoy chocolate this holiday season that tastes good, is good for the planet, and good for people.


Cocoa & Deforestation: How Good Monitoring Can Turn Commitments into Reality

National Wildlife Federation and Vivid Economics will lead a civil society brainstorming on the Do’s and Don’ts for effective monitoring of deforestation for cocoa worldwide.

The event will be held at Novotel Katowice Centrum in Poland (outside the COP) on Monday, December 10th, 2018 from 15:00 to 17:00 CET, with afternoon refreshments provided.


Petitions on Cocoa

Sign a Petition!

Through our work aimed at stopping deforestation for chocolate worldwide, people just like you are getting involved to stop forest destruction. Together with other NGOs, we have succeeded in collecting nearly 1 million signatures on a variety of petitions targeted at the chocolate industry on the issues of deforestation.

These petitions have helped us – are are continuing to help us – change the industry and governments. So please sign on!

Meanwhile, over 1 million people signed over 100 petitions on ending human rights violations in chocolate – especially eradicating child labor, which is a serious problem. 2.1 million kids work in chocolate still today.  We ask you to sign any one of these petitions that moves you.

For this wonderful day of the #CocoaCountdown, we’re asking YOU to help contribute to the cause by signing one of the petitions… or more, if you want 🙂

Scroll over the list and click on the ones you like to add your name!

Environmental Petitions: 

Platform Targets Number of Signers 
Rettet den Regenwald Government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; chocolate manufacturers 120,088
Rettet den Regenwald Mars, Mondelez and other confectionery manufacturers 182,383
SumOfUs Cadbury, Ferrero 325,970
SumOfUs Lindt 70,150
Rainforest Rescue  German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner 52,139
Change Cadbury, Ferrero 1246
Care2 Cadbury, Ferrero 88
Greenpeace NZ Cadbury, Ferrero 41
Total 752,105

Human Rights Petitions:

Platform Targets Number of Signers
SumOfUs Ferrero 321,212
Avaaz Chocolate industry 208,522
On and offline, different platforms General, CAOBISCO 122,826
Change.org Ferrero, Lindt 113,784
Change.org Warner Bros 105,010
Care2 Clif Bar 82,751
SumOfUs Whole Foods 63,030
Change.org Hershey’s 53,868
Care2 Mars Inc. President Paul S. Michaels and CEO of Ferrero chocolates, Giovanni Ferrero 33,663
Change.org Hershey’s 25,202
Green America Godiva 21,773
Care2 General 8,045
Change.org Hershey’s 6,389
Change.org Ghirardelli 3,766
Change.org Girl Scouts 2,860
Change.org Ben & Jerry’s 2,106
Care2 Nestle USA 1,412
Care2 Hershey’s 795
Care2 Mondelez Canada 783
Change.org Australian Senate 657
Greenpeace Nestle 457
Care2 U.S. House of Representatives 418
ipetitions Hershey’s 380
Care2 Nestle Executive Board 367
Change.org Hershey’s 434
MoveOn Hershey’s 362
Change.org Girl Scouts 330
Change.org Hershey’s 323
Care2 Hershey’s 288
Change.org Hershey’s, Nestle, Kraft, US Congresspeople 226
Change.org Cadbury 205
Change.org Hershey’s 191
Change.org President Obama 166
Change.org Nestle 122
Care2 Hershey’s 120
Care2 Chocolate industry 117
MoveOn Warner Bros 117
Change.org ask US ambassador Terence McCulley to address President Outtara 111
Change.org Cadbury 105
Change.org General 81
Care2 General 66
Change.org Jacob Zuma, Justin Trudeau 65
MoveOn Nestle’s Corporation and Paul Buicke, CEO 58
Change.org Hershey’s, Nestle, Mars 56
Change.org Chocolate Industry 55
Change.org Fair Trade USA 52
Change.org David Davis MP, Keir Starmer MP 48
Change.org General 46
UK platform UK Parliament 43
Change.org Hershey’s, Nestle 43
Change.org Hershey’s, Nestle 38
Avaaz Nestle 38
Avaaz Woolworths 35
Change.org Cadbury 34
Change.org Foodland, Woolworth, Nestle, Hershey 33
Care2 General 32
TOTAL 1,184,116


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Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 10

Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 10

Indonesian companies:

PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, PT Rimbun Sawit Papua, PT Internusa Jaya Sejahtera, PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari, PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa, PT Sebukit Inter Nusa, PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I), PT Pinang Witmas Abadi, PT Persada Era Agro Kencana, PT Sumur Pandanwangi and PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari

November 2018

Prepared with support from Aidenvironment and MapHubs

 

PT Kartika Cipta Pratama

Concession Information: PT Kartika Cipta Pratama is located in Boven Digoel Regency, West Kalimantan. The concession covers an area of 40,882 hectares1. (Long 140°12’31.6″E, Lat 6°20’26.6″S)

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between October 8 and November 7, 2018, a total of 363 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Kartika Cipta Pratama concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc.)

 

Ownership Information: 

Group: HSA Group

In 2012, four UAE holding companies (Prestige Holding Ltd., Malindo Investments Ltd, Crescent Investments Ltd, and Green Resources Ltd) believed to be affiliated with the Yemen-based HSA Group purchased 80% stake of each of these four companies located in the Boven Digoel district of West Papua, Indonesia: PT Megakarya Jaya Raya, PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, PT Graha Kencana Mulia and PT Energi Samudera Kencana. PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and PT Kartika Cipta Pratama are two concessions involved in Tanah Merah project in Boven Digoel Regency. These concessions cover a combined 155,330 hectares. Since January 2014, around 5,000 hectares of forest have been cleared in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and PT Kartika Cipta Pratama.

Up until June 5, 2018, the four plantation companies had Fouad Hayel Saeed Anam listed as President Commissioner on their notary acts. Fouad Hayel Saeed is Regional Director-Malaysia of the HSA Group and Managing Director of Pacific Inter-Link, the group’s subsidiairy. Legal documents also listed Salah Ahmed Hayel Saeed as Commissioner of PT Energi Samudera Kencana & PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and President Director of PT Graha Kencana Mulia & PT Kartika Cipta Pratama. Hayel Saeed is Director of Pacific Inter-Link’s refining division, PT Pacific Palmindo Industri. Recent notary acts confirm that on June 5, 2018, Fouad Hayel Saeed ceased to be President Commissioner of PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, and Salah Ahmed Hayel Saeed is no longer Commissioner of PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and President Director of PT Kartika Cipta Pratama. Nakul Rastogi also disappeared from PT Kartika Cipta Pratama’s notary acts.

However, June 5, 2018 notary acts does not show any change in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya, PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, PT Graha Kencana Mulia and PT Energi Samudera Kencana shareholders. Hence, it is assumed that these companies remain affiliated with the HSA Group. Little is known about the new directors of the two concessions, except that some notable individuals in Indonesian politics and business are involved. Mr. Alwi Abdurrahman Shihab, former Foreign Minister of the Indonesian government, has become President Commissioner of PT Megakarya Jaya Ray. Drs. Tommy Sagiman is now the commissioner of PT KCP. He is ex-Inspector General of the police. Nata Singh Gurdev Singh became director of PT Megakarya Jaya Raya in June 2018. Until April 2018, he worked for Sime Darby. Alwi Abdurrahman Shihab is the Indonesian President’s special envoy to the Middle East and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

The HSA Group is one of the oldest business conglomerate in the Middle East, founded in 1938 by Al Haj Hayel Saeed Anam and his brothers Mohamed, Abdo and Gazern. The Group is today headed by Abdul Gabbar Hayel Saeed, CEO and Chairman. The HSA Group is involved in the palm oil industry through its subsidiaries PT Pacific Palmindo Industri, PT Pacific Medan Industry, PT Pacific Indopalm Industries, Pacific Oil & Fats Industries and Pacific Inter-Link, which are all RSPO members2.

Additional evidence shows continued family links to the PT Tulen Jayamas Timber Industries timber complex, a joint-venture project with Bumimas Raya Sdn Bhd, Pacific Inter-Link Sdn Bhd, Yakin Dijaya Sdn Bhd and Al Salam Bank Bahrain’ announced by Tadmax Resources in 2012.3 The PT Tulen Jayamas Timber Industries timber complex is situated within the PT Kartika Cipta Pratama concession.

Malindo Investments Ltd which holds 80% shares in PT Kartika Cipta Pratama (see above), also holds 40% of the shares in the Malaysian-based parent company of PT Tulen Jayamas Timber Industries – i.e. Tulen Jayamas Sdn Bhd. Mr. Salah Ahmed Hayel Saeed and Mr. Fouad Hayel Saeed Anam are directors of Tulen Jayamas Sdn Bhd, in addition to their positions in the Indonesian subsidiary (PT Tulen Jayamas Timber Industries) as of 28 April 2018.

Supply Chain Information:

The HSA Group company Pacific Inter-Link (PIL) used to trade with IOI and Nestlé, however both companies have suspended trade with the company due to concerns over its involvement in deforestation. Pacific Inter-Link claims to be one of the largest palm oil traders to the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.


 

PT Rimbun Sawit Papua

Concession Information: PT Rimbun Sawit Papua is located in West Papua province. The concession covers an area of 30,596 hectares.5 (Long 133° 6’58.80″E, Lat 2°55’32.52″S)

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between December 22, 2017 and October 28, 2018, a total of 1,260 hectares of forest and 263 hectares of peat forest were cleared in the PT Rimbun Sawit Papua concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Family: Jeff Setiawan and Ir. Daud

PT Rimbun Sawit Papua is owned by Jeff Setiawan Winata (20%), the Commissioner of PT Rimbun Sawit Papua, PT Sawit Timur Nusantara (50%) and PT Palmandiri Plantation (30%).6

PT Sawit Timur Nusantara is owned by Dedi Mulyadi (2.5%) and PT Mulia Abadi Lestari (97.5%), which ultimately owned by Dedi Mulyadi and Junus Sutiono. PT Palmandiri Plantation is ultimately owned by Ir. Daud (99.2%), the President Director of PT Rimbun Sawit Papua.7

PT Mulia Abadi Lestari holds 28.6% shares in PT Duta Rendra Mulya8, a Salim-owned plantation company.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


 

PT Internusa Jaya Sejahtera

Concession Information: PT Internusa Jaya Sejahtera is located in the province of Papua. The concession covers an area of 25,395 hectares. (Long 140°48’22.6″E, Lat 7°19’30.0″S)

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 28 and October 9, 2018, a total of 517 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Internusa Jaya Sejahtera concession. (Imagery © 2017 Planet & Landsat 8 Imagery 2018).

Ownership Information: 

Group: Indonusa Agromulia Group/Indonusa Group

PT Internusa Jaya Sejahtera is part of Indonusa Agromulia Group. Indonusa Agromulia Group is commonly known as Indonusa group. PT Internusa Jaya Sejahtera is owned by Rosna Tjuatja (99.87%). She sits as the Commissioner on the Indonusa Agromulia Group and also serves as President commissioner at PT Profindo International Securities.


 

PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari

Concession Information: PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari is located in Lamandau Regency, Central Kalimantan. The concession covers an area of 19,635 hectares. (Long 111°10’42.9″E, Lat 1°52’57.3″S)

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between October 10 and October 31, 2018, a total of 160 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

 

Ownership Information: 

Group: PT Metro Lestari Jaya

Up until December 2015, PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari was a subsidiary of Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS), part of the Citra Borneo Indah Group. PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari is now owned by Rinawati (60%) and Hamidi Mukhdar Said (40%) through PT Metro Lestari Jaya.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.

PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa

Concession Information: PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa is located in West Papua province. The concession covers an area of 34,310 hectares. (Long 132°21’17.93″E, Lat 1°53’45.09″S)

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 18 and October 29, 2018, a total of 107 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa concession. (Imagery © 2018 Sentinel 2 Imagery).

 

Ownership Information: 

Group: Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ Group)

PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa is a subsidiary of Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ Group). Mr. Geetha Govindan is the President Director of Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk.

Supply Chain Information: 

PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I)

Concession Information: PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I) is located in West Papua province. The concession covers an area of 34,310 hectares. (Long 132°21’17.93″E, Lat 1°53’45.09″S)

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 18 and November 7, 2018, a total of 14 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I) concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information:

Group: Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ Group)

PT Permata Putera Mandiri is owned by PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Agri, a subsidiary of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ Group). Mr. Geetha Govindan is President Director of Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk.

Supply Chain Information:

 

PT Sebukit Inter Nusa

Concession Information: PT Sebukit Internusa is located in West Kalimantan Province, Kuburaya district. The concession covers an area of 10,098 hectares20. (Long 109° 31′ 46′′ E, Lat 0° 19′ 27′′ S).

Peat Development

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 13 and October 10, 2018, a total of 2,131 hectares of peat were developed in the PT Sebukit Internusa concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Family: Tuan Ted Sioeng / Sioeng Group

PT Sebukit Inter Nusa is owned by Tuan Ted Sioeng / Sioeng Group. Tuan Ted Sioeng – also known as Xiong Delong and Sioeng Wong – is an Indonesian businessman of Chinese descent. He is also owner of the Chinese-language International Daily News. Jessica Gatot Elnitiarta. The Commissioner of PT Sebukit Inter Nusa, is the daughter of Tuan Ted Sioeng.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information.

PT Pinang Witmas Abadi

Concession Information: PT Pinang Witmas Abadi is located in West Kalimantan Province, Kuburaya district. The concession covers an area of 10,510 hectares22. (Long 109° 37′ 06′′ E, 0° 08′ 03′′ S)’

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 16 and October 22, 2018, a total of 168 hectares of peat forest were cleared and 1,487 hectares were prepared with stacking lines in the PT Pinang Witmas Abadi concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc & Sentinel 2 Imagery).

Ownership Information: 

Supply Chain Information: 


 

PT Persada Era Agro Kencana

Concession Information: PT Persada Era Agro Kencana is located in Central Kalimantan Province, Katingan district. The concession covers an area of 12,933 hectares. (Long 113° 17′ 02′′ E, Lat 2° 34′ 09′′ S).

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 27 and October 31, 2018, a total of 383 hectares of peat were cleared in the PT Persada Era Agro Kencana concession. (Imagery © 2018 Sentinel Imagery).

Ownership Information: 

Group: Mulia Sawit group

PT Persada Era Agro Kencana is a subsidiary of Mulia Sawit group. Mulia Sawit group is owned by Kurnia Lukman Goutama, Tjio Andre Yenatha, Kevin Wusman and Sanjaya Lukman. Tjio Andra Yenatha, known as Andre, also serves as a Director of PT Bangun Jaya Alam Permai of the Best Plantation Group.

Supply Chain Information: 


 

 

PT Sumur Pandanwangi

Concession Information: PT Sumur Pandanwangi is located in Seruyan Regency, Central Kalimantan. The concession covers 7,492 hectares. (Long: 112°36’52.62″E, Lat: 3°19’29.78″S).

Peat Development: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 20 and November 5, 2018, a total of 528 hectares of peat were developed in the PT Sumur Pandanwangi concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Group: Musirawas

PT Sumur Pandawangi is part of the Musirawas Group, which is still commonly referred to as the Asam Jawa Group. The Musirawas Group owns three plantation companies which operate in the Seruyan and East Kotawaringin districts of Central Kalimantan. Together they hold a total land bank of 34,000 hectares, with roughly 24,000 hectares producing oil palm. Musirawas has four operational palm oil mills.

The founder of oil palm operations is Mr. Widjojo Soejono, who was a General in the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI). Each of his five children hold a 20% share in PT Sumur Pandawangi.

Supply Chain Information: 


 

PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari

Concession Information: PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari is located in West Kalimantan Province, Sanggau district. The concession covers an area of 37,090 hectares28. (Long 113° 17′ 02′′ E, Lat 2° 34′ 09′′ S).

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 12 and October 23, 2018 a total of 27 hectares of forest were cleared and 12 hectares of peat were developed in Area A of the PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari concession. Also between September 16 and October 23, 2018 a total of 61 hectares of peat forest were developed in Area B of the PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Group: Incasi Raya group

PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari is a subsidiary of Incasi Raya group, which is owned by the Gunawan family. The family has business relations with GAPKINDO (Rubber Association of Indonesia).

Supply Chain Information:

Sources for supply chain information: 

Supply chain information included in this Rapid Response report is based on the following publicly disclosed sources. Mighty Earth encourages companies to send updated versions of mill disclosures as soon as they become available and any decision to terminate supplies with a given company listed in those mill disclosures; please send to [email protected].


Not-So-Green Buildings: New Report Uncovers Construction Industry’s Dirty Secret

Not-So-Green Buildings: New Report Uncovers Construction Industry’s Dirty Secret

NGO calls upon Skanska, Turner, Clark, AECOM to take urgent action to reduce emissions from steel

Read the report

Today, at the largest conference in the U.S. dedicated to green building, Mighty Earth released a new report exposing the enormous carbon footprint of steel used in green construction. The global steel industry emits 2.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide each year – equivalent to the emissions from 569 coal plants

The report shows that the industry could easily take action to mitigate its climate impact: if all steel manufacturers sourced electricity for their electric arc furnaces from clean energy sources, they would reduce the carbon footprint of those facilities by 44 percent.

“We’re releasing this report at Greenbuild to show that even the greenest buildings are using steel produced with dirty electricity,” said Margaret Hansbrough, Mighty Earth Campaign Director. “We can no longer ignore the tremendous amount of energy used in the steel manufacturing and recycling process – and how that electricity is being generated. It’s time to take these emissions into account and for builders to address the impact on our climate.”

The report, Construction Destruction: The Hidden Carbon Costs of Dirty Steel, calls on construction industry behemoths Skanska, Turner Construction, Clark Construction and AECOM to commit to only source steel from manufacturers that have switched to clean energy for all grid-sourced electricity.

As buildings have become increasingly efficient in operation and design, fewer emissions are coming from their operational footprint and the industry is shifting some focus to decrease the embodied carbon of steel and other building materials used in construction. Skanska, Turner Construction, Clark Construction and AECOM are some of the most influential players within the green building industry, but these companies have yet to commit to only buying materials with the lowest possible global warming potential. Skanska is considered the greenest of the group and has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

“Each year, the embodied carbon of all building materials accounts for 11 percent of global emissions and 28 percent of global building sector emissions,” said Hansbrough. “As buildings emit less day-to-day, their embodied carbon will take up an even greater proportion of their climate pollution. As the largest steel consumer, construction companies must ask their steel suppliers to commit to clean electricity and take other steps to dramatically reduce their emissions.”

Mighty Earth’s first report on the steel industry, Cold Steel, Hot Climate: The World’s Biggest Untapped Clean Energy Opportunity, called upon the entire steel industry to shift toward carbon neutrality, identifying Nucor Corporation as the best-positioned steel company to switch to 100 percent clean energy for its electricity.

Globally, the construction industry accounts for more than 50 percent of all steel produced. Nucor is the largest steel producer in the United States and calls itself “America’s largest recycler,” controlling approximately 29 percent of the U.S. steel market. The production method (Electric Arc Furnace or EAF) used by the company consumes massive amounts of electricity. Mighty Earth sees an opportunity for Nucor to transition to clean energy in the 25 states where it operates and is calling on major purchasers of Nucor steel in the construction industry to push the company to address the embodied carbon of its steel. However, Nucor has not yet made a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions or to transition its electricity consumption to clean energy.

“The steel sector is America’s biggest clean energy opportunity,” said Glenn Hurowitz. “But instead, its largest company, Nucor, is not only denying climate science but allowing a golden opportunity to pass it by.”

In nearly every state where Nucor operates, there are clean energy procurement options available. Companies like GM, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and more than 100 others have already committed to sourcing 100 percent clean energy and are accelerating the greening of the grid.

These findings were released on the heels of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report which found that improvements in process and energy efficiency within the steel industry are not enough to keep the world in line with a 1.5 degrees Celsius target. Therefore, to evade the grave consequences of climate change, the steel industry must slash its emissions through other means, including by shifting to clean energy sources for its electricity and investing in climate mitigation activities like methane treatment, forest protection, and wind and solar deployment.


New Investigation Links One of Germany’s Largest Poultry Producers to Forest Destruction in Latin America

Today, a new report released by Mighty Earth and Robin Wood revealed strong evidence that Rothkötter, one of Germany’s largest poultry producers, is buying soy from two companies – Cargill and Bunge – driving illegal forest destruction in Latin America.

The report, Raubbau für Geflügelfleisch or Germany: Meet your Meat, calls on Rothkötter to remove soy harvested on deforested land from its supply chain. In response, environmentalists have gathered at a feed plant owned by Rothkötter in Lower Saxony, Germany, to protest the company.

Rothkötter is a major poultry supplier, “producing” 3.5 million chicks every week for customers including supermarkets and fast food chains like Lidl, Aldi Sud, and Netto Marken-Discount. It has been estimated that one out of every three chickens consumed in Germany comes from Rothkötter.

Using satellite mapping and vessel and navigation data, our team documented ships traveling from Cargill and Bunge facilities in Amsterdam to Rothkötter’s main feed plant in Eurohafen, Germany. While vessel tracking was unable to distinguish between Cargill and Bunge facilities, both companies are notorious for driving massive deforestation for soy across Latin America. Earlier this year the Brazilian government’s IBAMA environmental enforcement agency caught Cargill and Bunge purchasing soy from areas under embargo due to illegal deforestation.

In January 2018, Mighty Earth and Robin Wood asked key German meat producers, including Rothkötter, whether they purchase soy from Bunge or Cargill and demanded the implementation of supply chain traceability systems. Rothkötter declined to answer the inquiry.

While both Cargill and Bunge have published sustainability policies committing otherwise, their supply chain continues to drive deforestation by resisting efforts to expand deforestation-free production. And they have found willing buyers in Germany, where their soy is used by food and meat processers to feed chickens, pigs and cattle to produce meat, eggs and dairy products sold in German supermarkets and restaurants.

“Rothkötter must take immediate action to remove soy deforestation from the company’s supply chain,” said Mighty Earth Campaign Director Anahita Yousefi. “By associating with Cargill and Bunge, Rothkötter is complicit in forest destruction and human rights violations in Latin America.”

The report pressures Rothkötter’s customers to halt all business relations with the poultry producer until the company commits to only source sustainable soy for animal feed.

"Aldi Süd, Lidl and the parent company of Netto Marken-Discount, Edeka, have all committed to 100 percent sustainable soy feed. As customers of Rothkötter, both their commitment to sustainability and their credibility are at stake,” said Tina Lutz, tropical forest advisor to Robin Wood. “These companies can no longer hide behind their private labels to sell Rothkötter meat.”


Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 9

Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 9

See PDF

Indonesian companies:

PT Ketapang Hijau Lestari, PT Kruing Lestari Jaya, PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari, PT Berau Karetindo Lestari, PT Subur Karunia Raya, PT Harapan Rimba Jaya, PT Rayatama Jaya, PT Anekareksa International, PT Palmakharima Sekawan, PT Senabangun Aneka Pertiwi, PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, PT Persada Era Agro Kencana, and PT Temila Agro Abadi

October 2018

Prepared with support from Aidenvironment and MapHubs

 


PT Ketapang Hijau Lestari

 

Concession Information: PT Ketapang Hijau Lestari is located in East Kalimantan province. The concession covers an area of 12,357 hectares. (Long 115° 30′ 49′′ E, Lat 0° 35′ 38′′ S)

 

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 25 and September 22, 2018, a total of 250 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Ketapang Hijau Lestari concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Group: Fangiono Agro Plantation group

PT Ketapang Hijau Lestari is part of the Fangiono Agro Plantation group, which is owned by Prinsep Management Limited (95%), located in the British Virgin Islands, and PT Fangiono Perkasasejati (5%).

Supply Chain Information: 


PT Kruing Lestari Jaya

Concession Information: PT Kruing Lestari Jaya is located in East Kalimantan province. The concession covers an area of 9,013 hectares. (Long 115° 35′ 19′′ E, Lat 0° 36′ 50′′ S)

 

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 25 and September 22, 2018, a total of 184 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Kruing Lestari Jaya concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Group: Tsani Hutani Abadi Group

PT Kruing Lestari Jaya is a subsidiary of Tsani Hutani Abadi, ultimately owned by Centrino Investment Ltd, registered in Labuan Island (Malaysia). The Tsani Hutani Abadi Group also owns two other plantation companies in Kutai Barat, PT Rayatama Jaya and PT Harapan Rimba Jaya. Mulyawan Tjandra is Tsani Hutani Abadi’s President Director, who is an ex-Executive Director of Indo Agri Resources.

Supply Chain Information:


PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari

Concession Information: PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari is located in Lamandau Regency, Central Kalimantan. The concession covers an area of 19,635 hectares4. (Long 111°10’42.9″E, Lat 1°52’57.3″S)

 

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between September 14 and October 10, 2018, a total of 111 hectares of forest were cleared in PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Group: PT Metro Lestari Jaya

Up until December 2015, PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari was a subsidiary of Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS), part of the Citra Borneo Indah Group. PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari is now owned by Rinawati (60%) and Hamidi Mukhdar Said (40%) through PT Metro Lestari Jaya5.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


PT Berau Karetindo Lestari

Concession Information: PT Berau Karetindo Lestari is located in East Kalimantan, Berau district. Based on the 2016 IUP permit, the concession covers an area of 7,141 hectares6. (Long 115° 35′ 19′′ E, Lat 0° 36′ 50′′ S)

 

 

 

Peat Development:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 6 and October 14, 2018, a total of 147 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Berau Karetindo Lestari concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Family ownership : Korompis family

PT Berau Karetindo Lestari is ultimately owned by the Korompis family and by Peak Capital Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based holding company owned by Flamire Holdings Limited (registered in the British Virgin Islands). PT Berau Karetindo Lestari Commissioner Daniel Wewengkang Korompis and Director Didi Ferdinand Korompis are listed in the ‘Panama Papers’ for their registered assets in the British Virgin Islands.

Supply Chain Information:
No supply chain information available.

 


PT Subur Karunia Raya

Concession Information: PT Subur Karunia Raya is located in Papua Province, Teluk Bintuni district. Based on the 2015 IUP permit, the concession covers an area of 40,883 hectares8. (Long 133° 00′ 32′′ E, Lat 1° 52′ 50′′ S)

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period between June 22 and October 10, 2018, a total of 356 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Subur Karunia Raya concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Family ownership – Tuan Junus Sutiono and Tuan Watson Dharma

PT Subur Karunia Raya is 99.6% owned by PT Mulia Abadi Lestari, controlled by Tuan Junus Sutiono and Tuan Watson Dharma. PT Mulia Abadi Lestari owns 29.1% shares in PT Duta Rendra Mulya, a plantation company majority owned by Anthoni Salim (CEO and President of the Salim Group).

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


PT Harapan Rimba Jaya

Concession Information:  PT Harapan Rimba Jaya is located in East Kalimantan, Kutai Barat district. Based on the 2016 IUP permit, the concession covers an area of 11,717 hectares9. (Long 115° 33′ 34′′ E, Lat 0° 37′ 50′′ S).

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 25 to September 22, 2018, a total of 89 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Harapan Rimba Jaya concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Group: Tsani Hutani Abadi group

PT Harapan Rimba Jaya and PT Rayatama Jaya (also featured in this report) are both subsidiaries of Tsani Hutani Abadi Group, ultimately owned by Centrino Investment Ltd, registered in Labuan Island (Malaysia). The Tsani Hutani Abadi Group also owns another plantation company in Kutai Barat, PT Kruing Lestari Jaya. Mulyawan Tjandra is Tsani Hutani Abadi’s President Director, who is ex-Executive Director of Indo Agri Resources.

Supply Chain Information: 


PT Rayatama Jaya (Ex. PT Rimba Karya Rayatama)

Concession Information: PT Rayatama Jaya is located in Kutai Barat district, East Kalimantan. Based on the 2016 IUP permit, the concession covers 3,912 hectares. (Long 115°28’32.55″E, Lat 0°35’16.42″S)

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 16 and October 16, 2018, a total of 64 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Rimba Karya Rayatama concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Group: Tsani Hutani Abadi group

PT Harapan Rimba Jaya and PT Rayatama Jaya (also featured in this report) are both subsidiaries of Tsani Hutani Abadi Group, ultimately owned by Centrino Investment Ltd, registered in Labuan Island (Malaysia). The Tsani Hutani Abadi Group also owns another plantation company in Kutai Barat, PT Kruing Lestari Jaya. Mulyawan Tjandra is Tsani Hutani Abadi’s President Director, who is ex-Executive Director of Indo Agri Resources.

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PT Anekareksa International

Concession Information: PT Anekareksa International is located in East Kalimantan Province, Kutai Barat district. The concession covers an area of 7,171 hectares11. (Long 115° 47′ 45′′ E, Lat 0° 30′ 29′′ S ).

 

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 19 and October 3, 2018, a total of 56 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Anekareksa International concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Family ownership – Tuan Junus Sutiono and Tuan Dedy Mulyadi

PT Anekareksa International is owned by Mr. Junus Sutiono (40%) and Mr. Dedy Mulyadi (60%). Mr. Junus Sutiono and Dedy Mulyadi own PT Anekareksa International through PT Mulia Abadi Lestari and PT Inovasi Cemerlang. PT Mulia Abadi Lestari owns 29.1% shares in PT Duta Rendra Mulya, a plantation company majority owned by Anthoni Salim (CEO and President of the Salim Group).

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


PT Palmakharisma Sekawan

Concession Information: PT Palmakharisma Sekawan is located in East Kalimantan Province, Kutai Barat district. The concession covers an area of 36,476 hectares13. (Long 115° 48′ 29′′ E, Lat 0° 30′ 50′′ S).

 

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 25 and September 16, 2018, a total of 634 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Palmakharisma Sekawan concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

No ownership information available.

Supply Chain Information:

No supply chain information available.


PT Senabangun Aneka Pertiwi

Concession Information: PT Senabangun Aneka Pertiwi is located in East Kalimantan Province, Paser district. The concession covers an area of 20,011 hectares14. (Long 116° 14′ 04′′ E, Lat 2° 14′ 13′′ S).

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 15 and September 28, 2018, a total of 184 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Senabangun Aneka Pertiwi concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information:

Group: Jhonlin group

PT Senabangun Aneka Pertiwi is owned by PT Citra Agro Raya and Araya Agro Lestari, which are in turn owned by the daughter and son of Haji Syamsudin Andi Arsyad (Haji Isam), Liana Saputri and Jhony Saputra. Haji Isam is the ultimate owner of the Jhonlin group. 15

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PT Kartika Cipta Pratama

Concession Information: PT Kartika Cipta Pratama is located in Boven Digoel Regency, Papua. The concession covers an area of 40,882 hectares16. (Long 140°12’31.6″E, Lat 6°20’26.6″S)

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 13 and October 8, 2018, a total of 781 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Kartika Cipta Pratama concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc.)

Ownership Information: 

Group: HSA Group

In 2012, four UAE holding companies (Prestige Holding Ltd., Malindo Investments Ltd, Crescent Investments Ltd, and Green Resources Ltd) believed to be affiliated with the Yemen-based HSA Group purchased a 80% stake in each of these four companies, located in the Boven Digoel district of West Papua, Indonesia: PT Megakarya Jaya Raya, PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, PT Graha Kencana Mulia and PT Energi Samudera Kencana. PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and PT Kartika Cipta Pratama are two concessions included in Tanah Merah project in Boven Digoel Regency. These concessions cover a combined 155,330 hectares. Since January 2014, around 5,000 hectares of forest have been cleared in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and PT Kartika Cipta Pratama.

Up until June 5, 2018, the four plantation companies had Fouad Hayel Saeed Anam listed as their President Commissioner on their notary acts. Fouad Hayel Saeed is HSA Group’s subsidiary Pacific Inter-Link’s Managing Director & the Regional Director-Malaysia of the HSA Group. The documents also listed Salah Ahmed Hayel Saeed as the Commissioner of PT Energi Samudera Kencana & PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and the President Director of PT Graha Kencana Mulia & PT Kartika Cipta Pratama. Hayel Saeed is the Director of Pacific Inter-ink’s refining division PT Pacific Palmindo Industri. Recent notary acts confirm that on June 5, 2018, Fouad Hayel Saeed ceased to be President Commissioner of PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, and Salah Ahmed Hayel Saeed is no longer Commissioner of PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and the President Director of PT Kartika Cipta Pratama. Nakul Rastogi also disappeared from PT Kartika Cipta Pratama’s notary acts.

However, June 5, 2018 notary acts show no change in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya, PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, PT Graha Kencana Mulia and PT Energi Samudera Kencana shareholders. Hence, it is assumed that these companies remain affiliated with the HSA Group. Little is known about the new directors of the two concessions, except they include some notable individuals in Indonesian politics and business. Mr. Alwi Abdurrahman Shihab, former Foreign Minister of the Indonesian government, has become the president commissioner of PT MJR. Drs. Tommy Sagiman is now the commissioner of PT KCP. He is ex-Inspector General of the police. Nata Singh Gurdev Singh became director of PT MJR in June 2018. Until April 2018, he worked for Sime Darby. Alwi Abdurrahman Shihab is Indonesian President’s special envoy to the Middle East and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

The HSA Group is one of the oldest business conglomerate in the Middle East, founded in 1938 by Al Haj Hayel Saeed Anam and his brothers Mohamed, Abdo and Gazern. The Group is today headed by Abdul Gabbar Hayel Saeed, its Chairman and CEO. The HSA Group is involved in the palm oil industry through its subsidiaries PT Pacific Palmindo Industri, PT Pacific Medan Industry, PT Pacific Indomas, PT Pacific Indopalm Industries, Pacific Oil & Fats Industries and Pacific Inter-Link, which are all RSPO members.17

Additional evidence shows continued family links to the PT Tulen Jayamas Timber Industries timber complex, a joint-venture project ‘with Bumimas Raya Sdn Bhd, Pacific Inter-Link Sdn Bhd, Yakin Dijaya Sdn Bhd and Al Salam Bank Bahrain’ announced by Tadmax Resources in 2012.18 The PT Tulen Jayamas Timber Industries timber complex is situated within the PT Kartika Cipta Pratama concession.

Malindo Investments Ltd which holds 80% shares in PT Kartika Cipta Pratama (see above), also holds 40% of the shares in the Malaysian-based parent company of PT Tulen Jayamas Timber Industries – ie Tulen Jayamas Sdn Bhd. Mr. Salah Ahmed Hayel Saeed and Mr. Fouad Hayel Saeed Anam are directors in Tulen Jayamas Sdn Bhd, in addition to their positions in the Indonesian subsidiary (PT Tulen Jayamas Timber Industries) as of 28 April 2018.

Supply Chain Information: 

The HSA Group company, Pacific Inter-Link (PIL) used to trade with IOI and Nestlé, however both companies have suspended trade with the company due to concerns over its involvement in deforestation. Pacific Inter- Link claims to be one of the largest palm oil traders to the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.


PT Persada Era Agro Kencana

Concession Information: PT Persada Era Agro Kencana is located in Central Kalimantan Province, Katingan district. The concession covers an area of 12,933 hectares20. (Long 113° 17′ 02′′ E, Lat 2° 34′ 09′′ S).

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 27 and September 25, 2018, a total of 129 hectares of peat forest was cleared in the PT Persada Era Agro Kencana concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Ownership Information: 

Group: Mulia Sawit group

PT Persada Era Agro Kencana is a subsidiary of Mulia Sawit group. Mulia Sawit group is owned by Kurnia Lukman Goutama, Tjio Andre Yenatha, Kevin Wusman and Sanjaya Lukman. Tjio Andra Yennatha, also known as Andre, also serves as the first Director in PT Bangun Jaya Alam Permai under the Best Plantation Group.

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PT Temila Agro Abadi

Concession Information: PT Temila Agro Abadi is located in West Kalimantan Province, Landak district. The concession covers an area of 8,201 hectares21. (Long 109° 37′ 20′′ E, Lat 0° 02′ 48′′ N).

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 19 and September 23, 2018, a total of 84 hectares of peat was burnt on the PT Temila Agro Abadi concession. (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc). It is unclear at this time whether the three separate areas that were burnt, were intentionally burnt with the purpose of developing oil palm plantations. Traders sourcing from Felda Global Ventures should investigate this issue, as the use of fire in plantation development is illegal under Indonesian law.

Ownership Information: 

Group: Felda Global Ventures Holding Bhd

PT Temila Agro Abadi (PT TAA) is a subsidiary of Felda Global Ventures Holding Bhd (FGV). The business core of FGV is concentrated in Malaysia and Indonesia. Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid is Chairman, Non- Independent Non-Executive Director of FGV. He also known serve as Chairman MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad22.

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Sources for supply chain information:

Supply chain information included in Rapid Response reports is based on the following publicly disclosed sources. Mighty Earth encourages companies to send updated versions of mill disclosures as soon as they become available and any decision to terminate supplies with a given company listed in those mill disclosures; please send to [email protected].


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World’s Largest Tire Manufacturers Roll Backwards on Sustainability

Today, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Tire Industry Project (TIP) launch its long-awaited Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) – but sustainability advocates claim it prohibits key stakeholders like non-governmental and civil society organizations or small scale farmers from having a seat at the table. No NGOs have joined despite claims from TIP that this platform is a “truly collaborative effort.”

“What the rubber industry needs is a platform that exemplifies leadership, and from the outset GPSNR is already failing,” said Kristin Urquiza, Deputy Director of Mighty Earth. “Deforestation for natural rubber is destroying the habitats of endangered animals, displacing people, and is a growing driver of climate change. In a true leadership position, GPSNR would be aligning industry to best practices for the climate, which is also good business.”

Deforestation in rubber-producing countries like Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Cameroon is rapidly increasing, and the tire industry accounts for 70% of rubber use around the world. Deforestation is responsible for approximately 20 % of global greenhouse gas emissions, is destroying the habitats of numerous endangered species – including tigers, gibbons, and elephants – and land grabbing associated with planting of rubber is kicking indigenous communities off the land they have lived on for generations.

Mighty Earth has advocated for tire companies like Bridgestone, Goodyear, Continental, and others to produce transformative rubber-buying polices – encouraging each company to follow an ambitious timeline to stop deforestation and exploitation in rubber producing countries as quickly as possible. To date, six companies have adopted some public policy, although most policies fall short of what experts agree is necessary to protect forests, wildlife, and communities. Advocates say this makes a Platform with teeth all the more critical.

Across commodities, the only platforms that have a track record of success are those that employ multi-stakeholder approaches. The Brazilian Soy Moratorium, for example, has sought to be collaborative and has taken steps to stop deforestation for soy by engaging all stakeholders and having accountability measures that allow industries to answer to a decision-making body that includes more than just industry members. Mighty Earth outlined key concerns in a letter sent to TIP earlier today. In contrast, the GPSNR risks being a greenwashing scheme that does little more than serve as a forum for discussion.

“As global temperatures continue to rise, people are demanding that their tires be made with rubber that is sustainably sourced,” said Mighty Earth Campaign Director, Margaret Kran-Annexstein. “The WBCSD has missed an opportunity but in the coming months could still make their Platform something to celebrate. The need for sustainable solutions to meet the global demand for natural rubber remains urgent, and we are hopeful that WBCSD will rise to the occasion.”