Liviya James

Continental and Yokohama Jump on the Almost-Sustainable Rubber Bandwagon

One week before the launch of a new Global Platform on Sustainable Natural Rubber hatched by tire companies and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), two big players, Continental and Yokohama, have released their own sustainable rubber purchasing policies. While each policy has its strengths, both fall short of the commitments needed to guarantee consumers that the rubber in their tires will be untainted by tropical forest destruction, wildlife habitat loss or human rights violations.

The harvesting of natural rubber is a growing cause of deforestation across southeast Asia and Africa. In order to make way for rubber plantations, primary forests are destroyed and animals like tigers, elephants, and gibbons are being wiped out. At the same time, communities are being driven off the land they have lived on for generations without consent or even notice.

The need for sustainable solutions to meet the rising global demand for natural rubber is urgent. Consumers are demanding that their tires are made with rubber that is ethical and that protects critical forests; and tire companies are taking note. In the last year, industry leaders like Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear, and Pirelli have all adopted sustainable natural rubber policies and this week, Continental and Yokohama joined them.

While the adoption of sustainable natural rubber policies is a step in the right direction, both Continental and Yokohama have put forward policies that fall short. Both have their merits: for example, both companies describe the hazards of deforestation and burning of carbon-rich peatlands. Continental includes strong language that demands that human rights are respected and Yokohama insists that their suppliers do not engage in land-grabbing.

However, neither company addresses the importance of curbing greenhouse gas emissions and, critically, both lack timelines for implementation and neglect to include consequences that would ensure that these good-sounding standards would be upheld by suppliers.  Furthermore, both lack a credible and concrete roadmap for ensuring full traceability within their rubber supply chains. Unfortunately, this means that these policies could just be words on paper rather than real agents of change.

The announcement of these two policies back-to-back, a few days before the launch of the Global Platform, is highly significant.  The Platform is being setting up develop sustainability standards for the entire rubber industry. But as currently structured, this Platform will not hold water either. It leaves out crucial stakeholders like NGOs and small-scale farmers from its decision-making body, and looks set to become nothing more than an industry talk-shop. With the majority of tire and rubber companies’ still lacking their own sustainable rubber policies, the Global Platform must have more than a close cabal of industry peers in control if it is to avoid accusations of greenwashing and deliver the transformative standards needed.

Mighty Earth has been working with tire companies to produce progressive rubber buying policies, and have encouraged each to follow an ambitious timeline to stop the havoc being wreaked by rubber as quickly as possible. But with most companies still falling short of what is necessary, we need companies come together in an equitable partnership with civil society, to construct a Platform that can be trusted to develop the standards to badly needed to protect forests, wildlife, and communities from the ravishes of rubber.


Michelin’s Greenwashing Must End. It’s Time for Sustainable Rubber Production.

Rubber harvesting is causing devastation on a massive scale. In Southeast Asia and Africa, high demand and unsustainable practices are causing forests to rapidly disappear. One industry accounts for 70% of rubber use around the world: the tire industry. And as one of the largest tire brands in the world, Michelin should be leading the charge to drive greener practices in the industry. But where the rubber hits the road, Michelin is falling short.

The need for a solution is dire. Deforestation in rubber-producing countries like Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Cameroon is among the most severe in the world, and it’s accelerating. These areas are biodiversity hotspots, and rubber harvesting is destroying the habitats of numerous endangered species, including tigers, gibbons, and elephants. Nor are animals the only ones losing their homes. Exploitative harvesting is wrecking communities in these areas and throwing families off the land where they’ve lived for generations, all to make way for more rubber farms.

But the biggest impacts might not be felt for years to come, because deforestation is a major factor in climate change. At a moment when the IPCC has warned that drastic measures are needed within the next decade to prevent the worst effects of climate change, it’s critical that the rubber industry commit to ending deforestation.

Executives within the tire industry are aware of the scale of the problem. Several major tire companies, including Michelin, have announced sustainability policies, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is working with the industry to develop a Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber.

But whether this will lead to industry-wide improvements that dramatically reduce environmental impacts and land-grabbing remains in doubt. The soon-to-be launched Platform has deliberately excluded non-industry voices from its highest decision making body.  As an initiative controlled by the leading tire companies, including Michelin, this sends a worrying signal that the Platform could become little more than a talk shop, with little effect on this urgent problem.

Michelin has long prided itself on being a leader in the industry, and has taken significant steps with its own sustainability policies. It holds a significant market share, and its brand is iconic among consumers.  But unless Michelin shows the courage and leadership to stand up for a genuinely inclusive process to stop the devastation caused by rubber, its Michelin Man mascot could become synonymous with tropical forest destruction and devastated communities.

Mighty Earth, along with our partners and thousands of concerned consumers across the country, are urging Michelin to commit to sustainability. They must reject greenwashing, invite the full and equal participation of civil society experts within the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber, and lead the tire industry to truly sustainable practices. Will Michelin do the right thing?


It’s time to #FishYamahaOut: TAKE ACTION TODAY

Across the country, people are rising up to call on Yamaha to stop driving overfishing. Sign our petition to protect our oceans today!

From plastic pollution to climate change, our oceans are in trouble. One way that we have been successful in preserving the delicate ecosystems that they sustain is by stopping overfishing in the U.S. Unfortunately, corporations like Yamaha are recklessly spending time and money pushing for policies that would undermine the core principles that keep our fisheries both profitable and sustainable.

We can ensure that our oceans remain full of fish by doing what we have done right for years: balancing all fishing needs while still conserving our resources for future generations. Yamaha has built their global brand on musical instruments and continued to grow their company by manufacturing boat motors. We can’t let this company drive overfishing and prioritize short term sales over the long-term health of our oceans.

Musicians who play Yamaha instruments, their fans, and other potential Yamaha customers around the country know that conservation is critical to the health of our oceans and don’t want Yamaha lobbying to destroy them. Join our movement by signing our petition to Fish Yamaha Out!


In a hot world, companies may be the last, best hope

In a Hot World, Companies May Be The Last, Best Hope

From: Glenn Hurowitz, Mighty Earth CEO |Re: Mighty Earth Update| October 8, 2018 

The world’s leading scientific climate change body, the IPCC, today released a report showing that there is even more urgency to addressing climate change than the world’s scientists had previously thought: that the world must cut pollution by 45 percent by 2030, and reach net zero pollution fifteen years after that. It’s the difference between having some coral reefs survive and virtually none at all; of agriculture surviving across vast swathes of the Earth, or mass wildlife and desertification; the world’s plants would have double a chance of holding onto more than half their habitat; and even oceans would lose 1.5 million tons of their fish. The report makes clear in its sober language that these are life and death questions.

At the same time that the rising heat demands the actions of our whole societies, many governments are turning their back on the environment. The United States official take on climate change is now that it’s so bad that’s there no chance of stopping it, so we might as well just burn as many fossil fuels as possible. Brazil seems poised to elect a leader who has vowed to join Trump in rejecting the Paris climate accord, putting the country’s forests and agricultural viability at risk. And even countries like Japan, which formerly led the way toward action, are subsidizing the burning of coal and palm oil at home and around the world. While other governments such as China and Europe have redoubled their commitments to action, this is a global problem, and they alone won’t be sufficient.

But although the media focuses on the primary role of government, let us not forget that for the most part it is not governments that do the polluting or deforesting,  but companies. Just because governments aren’t doing their job, doesn’t mean the job can’t be done. Indeed, some of the world’s greatest environmental successes have been achieved by companies acting either from their own sense of responsibility, or spurred by customers, investors, and society more broadly – often in ways that end up changing government. The big soy traders have for 10 years protected part of the Amazon when their customers demanded they do so; companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon have shifted to 100% clean energy; 274 coal plants in the United States have been slated for retirement or stopped by Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign;  investors representing $6 trillion have committed to divest from fossil fuels; and previously notorious paper companies protected millions of acres of Canada’s forests.

No matter how far into a wonderland of suicidal auto-delusion governments descend, companies retain the power to act.  But there is no excuse for private sector lack of urgency, nor backstop if it fails. We have a dozen years. That means companies like Cargill have to get serious and jettison their absurd 2030 deadline for ending deforestation, and industries like steel, cement, oil, and chemicals that have previously taken few steps to reduce their emissions must get started today on the shift to 100% clean energy and carbon neutrality.

How We’re Driving Company Action Even in Red States

Here’s why we know it’s possible. We’re seeing citizens pour out to demand that companies stop polluting even in the “reddest” parts of the United States. Our campaign to transform the US meat industry to stop pollution and destruction of native ecosystems has struck a chord across the political spectrum.  In Haywood County, Tennessee, we helped turn dozens ofpeople out to town meetings to object to Tyson’s expansion plans, many of them wearing “Tyson: Don’t Tread on Tennessee” t-shirts. In response to citizens’ outcry, a frontpage story in the area newspaper reported that Tyson is pulling the plug on its meat factory plans – a major victory. We will continue working with communities in Tennessee to ensure Tyson sticks to its commitment.

In the days following the decision, two local volunteers who’ve been working with Mighty Earth were elected to public office on promises to fight concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) – one became County Mayor, and the other was elected to the County Commission that oversees zoning.

All of our volunteers will be releasing our new Flunking the Planet report about how most major supermarkets and fast food restaurants – including ones that brand themselves as sustainability leaders like Whole Foods – have zero environmental policies in place for the meat they purchase – even though meat is typically by far the greatest driver of environmental impact of any product they sell. Indeed, Whole Foods purchases meat from many of the same sources as McDonald’s, including notorious polluters Tyson Foods and Cargill. Interestingly, the only exception was Wal-mart, which has taken important but modest steps to improve practices for how animal feed is grown and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A world away in Bolivia, citizens and politicians alike are acting to demand that international companies like Cargill and ADM stop exploiting their natural resources and people. On behalf of more than 100 Bolivian civil society organizations, indigenous organizations, and other representatives, 18 Members of Bolivia’s national and state legislatures and mayors to the world’s leading meat companies asking them to stop companies like Cargill from destroying Bolivia’s forests, and instead focus development on Bolivia’s 11 million acres of degraded lands.

Finally, I’m excited to announce that two impressive advocates are joining our forests team to help us persuade companies and governments to bring the needed urgency to this work. Mat Jacobson is our new Senior Forest Director, and will oversee our forest programs. He comes to Mighty Earth after almost 20 years in senior positions at the Pew Charitable Trusts and elsewhere. Amongst his many accomplishments, Mat was instrumental in securing the protection of more than 50 million acres of America’s last intact roadless forests under the Clinton administration, helped secure commitments to protect hundreds of millions of acres in the Boreal Forests of Canada, and was instrumental in the integration of Indigenous perspectives on nature into World Heritage policies and guidelines.
 
Abdul Tejan-Cole, a celebrated human rights lawyer and advocate, has joined us as our new Senior Director for Africa. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Open Society Institute’s West Africa Initiative, and as head of Sierra Leone’s anti-corruption commission, where he successfully prosecuted a number of high-level cases in fisheries and maritime issues. He has served as Secretary General, Vice President, and President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, as well as president of the West Africa Bar Association.  Abdul was also a war crimes prosecutor in the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and has been Board Chair of West Africa Democracy Radio and Timap for Justice. Environmental and land rights protection have been a long-time passion for Abdul.


McWholeFoods ... We're Not Loving It

McWholeFoods ... We're Not Loving It

Few activities cause as much damage to land, water, and the climate as industrial meat production. That includes the meat that ends up as McDonald’s burgers and Whole Foods steak. These companies have no environmental requirements for the meat they buy, and both sell their customers meat from some of the most destructive and polluting companies on Earth: Cargill and Tyson. Cargill and Tyson are responsible for driving massive destruction of rainforests in South America, water pollution in the Midwest, and an enormous dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

McDonald’s and Whole Foods play important roles in our food system, deciding what kind of meat ends up on our menus and dinner tables and setting the standards for how that meat is produced. These companies have a unique ability and responsibility to make sure meat suppliers are using sustainable farming practices to keep our waters clean and forests intact. Yet both are turning a blind eye to the uncontrolled environmental devastation taking place in their meat supply chains and directing customer dollars to some of the worst offenders.

You wouldn’t know it from the menu board, but the burgers and McNuggets sold at McDonald’s are typically prepared by Cargill and Tyson. McDonald’s ranks among the largest meat buyers in the world. As Cargill’s single largest customer and one of the largest fast-food companies – and meat sellers – in the world, McDonald’s is one of the most powerful levers available for moving Cargill and Tyson to clean up their meat.

More surprisingly than that, despite its green branding, chicken and beef sold at Whole Foods also comes from the same sources as McDonalds – Tyson and Cargill. Whole Foods has built a global brand based on promising their trusting customers that their products are sustainable and come from responsible suppliers. Yet, Whole Foods has no environmental standards for its meat and is buying from some of the most polluting companies on the planet.

Industrial meat is a leading driver of climate change and is responsible for about 15% of global climate pollution. Eighty percent of global agricultural land is dedicated to raising meat, equivalent to about a third of our planet’s total. In South America, commodity crop farming (i.e., soy monocultures) and cattle grazing are the leading causes of deforestation, and in the U.S., industrial meat production is the single largest source of water pollution. But this destruction can be avoided by using more sustainable farming practices. It is possible to produce food at a large scale without destroying forests, climate, and water, yet Cargill and Tyson are continuing to advanced the same practices of pollution and destruction around the world. Customers must and are demanding better.

Join Us!

Now we need McDonald’s and Whole Foods to act because their biggest suppliers are destroying wild forests and contaminating our water. As high-profile companies with extreme market power McDonald’s and Whole Foods can get unaccountable companies like Cargill and Tyson to make positive change by setting clear standards requiring responsible practices from suppliers.

Mighty Earth has deployed six campaigners across the continental United States, including Chicago, Illinois; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Austin, Texas. Our campaigners are educating customers, securing media coverage, and organizing grassroots support. They have already collected 3500 petitions from concerned citizens and held community meetings where over 100 people came to learn more about the issue and take action to clean up meat!

Join us in telling McDonald’s and Whole Foods to stop selling meat from Cargill and Tyson until they make concrete steps to end deforestation and pollution.

Shoot us a note to get involved – [email protected].


Clean energy advocates gather in Charlotte, NC for launch of Stainless: The 100% Clean Energy Steel Campaign

Earlier this week, more than 30 people gathered at Birdsong Brewing in Charlotte, NC for the launch of Stainless: The 100% Clean Energy Steel Campaign. The campaign aims to transition the steel industry to 100 percent clean energy for its electricity supply, starting with Nucor Corporation, the largest steel producer in the United States.

Supporters were energized by speeches from clean energy advocates June Blotnick, Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina; Dimple Ajmera, Charlotte City Councilwoman at-large; Nakisa Glover, founder of local environmental justice group Sol Nation; and Margaret Hansbrough, Campaign Director at Mighty Earth.

“With Nucor Steel’s national headquarters in Charlotte, we are here to urge the largest steel company in the country to move away from carbon-based fuels to meet their massive demand for electricity, and towards a clean energy future using carbon-free renewable energy. We need them to be a leader,” Blotnick said.

“It is about time to ask Nucor and their leadership team to help us reach our sustainability goals but more importantly to continue to be competitive in the industry,” said Ajmera, who started her address by highlighting the campaign’s alignment with Charlotte’s clean energy goals.

Nucor has operations in 25 states. It uses electricity-intensive electric arc furnaces (EAFs) to turn scrap metal into new steel, a method used to produce 68 percent of steel in the United States. Because domestic EAFs source their electricity from the fossil fuel-dominated grid, they emit 11.1 million metric tons of CO2 per year. By committing to clean energy, Nucor and other steel companies can eliminate these emissions.

Hansbrough said, “This is a win-win-win issue. It is good for Nucor, it is good for North Carolina and every state that Nucor operates in, and it is good for the planet.”

To support this campaign, sign the petition, and follow Mighty Earth on twitter (@standmighty) and Facebook to learn more about opportunities to get involved.


Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 8

Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 8

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Indonesian companies: 

PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I), PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari, PT Sebaung Sawit Plantations, PT Agrindo Sukses Sejahtera, PT Sanggam Harapan Sejantera, and KUD Restu Bersama

September 2018 

Prepared with support from Aidenvironment and MapHubs


PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I)

 

 

 

Concession Information: PT Permata Putera Mandiri Blok I (PT PPM) is located in West Papua province. It covers an area of 34,310 hectares1. Long 132°21’17.93″E, Lat 1°53’45.09″S)

 

Deforestation: 

PT Permata Putera Mandiri Blok I (PT PPM) was featured in Rapid Response reports 3, 4 and 6 due to ongoing deforestation. Satellite imagery (see below) shows that 114 hectares of forest were cleared in the concession from July 9 to August 18, 2018.

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 the President Director of Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk.

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 hectares. (Long 111°10’42.9″E, Lat 1°52’57.3″S)

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between August 2 to September 14, 2018 (Site A & B) and between August 13 to September 14, 2018 (Site C), a total of 630 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 Jaya.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


PT Sebaung Sawit Plantations

 

 

Concession Information: PT Sebaung Sawit Plantations is located in Nunukan Regency, North Kalimantan. The concession covers an area of 11,537 hectares. (Long 3° 50′ 08′′ N 117° 23′ 14′′ E)

Peat Development: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that from July 25 to September 18, 2018 (Site A & C) and from July 25 to August 29, 2018 (Site B), a total of 198 hectares of peat were developed in the PT Sebaung Sawit Plantations concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc.)

Ownership Information: 

Group: Shanghai Xinjiu Chemical Co. Ltd.

PT Sebaung Sawit Plantations is owned by Shanghai Xinjiu Chemical Co. Ltd (90%) and by PT Citra Makmur Sentosa (10%). Shanghai Xinjiu Chemical Co. Ltd is a China-registered company specializing in fatty acids and derivative products.

Mr. Tjia Ke Seng (also known as ‘Dachlan’), a Chinese citizen, is President Director of PT Sebaung Sawit Plantations6. He is also a Director of PT Palem Segar Lestari, also located in North Kalimantan.

Supply Chain Information:

No supply chain information available.


PT Agrindo Sukses Sejahtera

 

 

Concession Information: PT Agrindo Sukses Sejahtera is located in Berau Regency, North Kalimantan. The concession covers an area of 5,314 hectares7. (Long 2° 18′ 56′′ N 116° 54′ 44′′ E)

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 15 to September 15, 2018, a total of 78 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Agrindo Sukses Sejahtera concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc.)

Ownership Information: 

Group: Starmas Sentosa Mandiri

PT Agrindo Sukses Sejahtera is owned by Starmas Sentosa Mandiri through PT Agrindo Usaha Mandiri, PT Langgeng Prima Lestari and Borneomas Heritage Coal.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


PT Sanggam Harapan Sejahtera

 

 

 

Concession Information: PT Sanggam Harapan Sejahtera is located in Berau Regency, North Kalimantan. The concession covers an area of 5,425 hectares9. (Long 2° 18′ 56′′ N 116° 49′ 36′′ E)

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between June 7 to September 3, 2018, a total of 503 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Sanggam Harapan Sejahtera concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc.)

Ownership Information: 

Group: Venture Resources Pte. Ltd

PT Sanggam Harapan Sejahtera is owned by Venture Resources Pte. Ltd (95%) and PT Gagasan Maju Cemerlang (5%). Venture Resources Pte. Ltd. is a Singaporean financial and insurance services company.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


KUD Restu Bersama

 

 

Concession Information:  KUD Restu Bersama is located in Berau Regency, North Kalimantan. The concession covers an area of 3,253 hectares. (Long 2° 12′ 50′′ N 117° 57′ 29′′ E)

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 7 and September 12, 2018, a total of 246 hectares of forest were cleared in the KUD Restu Bersama concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc.)

Ownership Information: 

No ownership information available.

Supply Chain Information:

No supply chain information available.


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 of any decision to terminate supplies with a given company listed in those mill disclosures; please send to [email protected].


Steel Industry Found to Cause As Much Pollution as 569 Coal Power Plants

New Report: Steel Industry Found to Cause As Much Pollution as 569 Coal Power Plants

Nucor, Skanska Need to Shift to 100% Clean Energy Steel

Today, a first of its kind new report analyzing the opportunities for the steel sector to take climate action is being released by global campaign organization Mighty Earth. The report shows that no company is better positioned to radically change the steel sector than America’s largest steel producer, Nucor (NUE). Just a few weeks after Hurricane Florence devastated Nucor’s home state of North Carolina and caused the company to temporarily shut down some facilities, the report, Cold Steel, Hot Climate: America’s Biggest Untapped Clean Energy Opportunity argues that if Nucor commits to 100 percent clean energy for its electricity, the company will benefit by gaining a competitive edge while reducing its carbon footprint.

Nucor is the largest steel producer in the United States and calls itself “America’s largest recycler,” controlling approximately 29% of the U.S. steel market. The production method (Electric Arc Furnace or EAF) used by the company consumes massive amounts of electricity, and Mighty Earth sees an opportunity for Nucor to transition to clean energy in the 25 states where it operates.    

“There is a clear business case for Nucor to embrace a serious transition to clean energy,” said Margaret Hansbrough, campaign director and report author at Mighty Earth. “The cost of clean energy has plummeted and is increasingly cheaper than fossil fuels. If Nucor wants to remain competitive and stay on top in a global economy where the race is on for countries and companies to pursue the lowest carbon opportunities for growth, then it has to think about what comes next, and clean energy steel is next. If the company acts now to stay ahead of the curve by pursuing cheap, reliable, clean energy resources it could gain a big advantage in the marketplace.”

According to the report, 68 percent of American steel is produced using the same EAF method that Nucor uses and globally that number is 30 percent and growing. Steel, an inherently carbon-intensive material, is the leading source of industrial emissions on the planet. The industry produces approximately 2.3 gigatons of CO2 emissions each year equivalent to the annual emissions of 569 coal-fired power plants.

While not all of the steel industry’s emissions can be mitigated by transitioning to clean energy for the industry’s grid sourced electricity, the report highlights ways other steel companies are already decarbonizing through other innovations. In its report, Mighty Earth calls upon the entire steel industry to shift toward clean energy and carbon neutrality by investing in additional methods of reducing climate pollution, such as methane reductions and conservation.

“Nucor’s customers like Skanska, and other construction companies, are looking for ways they can meet their own climate commitments, so Nucor would be missing a huge opportunity if it doesn’t deliver clean energy steel to the marketplace,” said Glenn Hurowitz, CEO of Mighty Earth. “Nucor’s number one priority doesn’t have to be climate change to want to meet the demands of its customers and adjust their practices to do so.”

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. Another steelmaker, Evraz Steel, recently signed a major clean energy deal with Xcel Energy in Pueblo, Colorado.

“Increasing the use of clean energy is one of the quickest ways to reduce air pollution and grow the local economy at the same time,” said June Blotnick, executive director of Clean Air Carolina. “North Carolina is still reeling from a hurricane that was made more intense and destructive by climate change. Decades of coal ash contamination were exacerbated in the aftermath of the storm. We need better solutions now, and committing to 100% clean energy is an obvious win for Nucor and communities the company operates in. It’s a win, win, win issue. It will make Nucor more competitive, grow our local clean energy economy, and give North Carolinians cleaner air, cleaner water, and healthier communities.”

Nucor has not yet made a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions or to transition its electricity consumption to clean energy. For more information on Mighty Earth’s analysis, go to: www.mightyearth.org/steel


Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 7

Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 7

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Indonesian companies:

PT Internusa Jaya Sejahtera, PT Kusuma Alam Sari, PT Palem Segar Lestari, PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari, and PT Kartika Cipta Pratama

Malaysian company:

BLD Plantation

August 2018 

Prepared with support from Aidenvironment and MapHubs


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 hectares1. (Long 140°48’22.6″E, Lat 7°19’30.0″S

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between March 9 to July 28, 2018, a total of 502 hectares of forest were cleared and 168 hectares opened through stacking lines in PT Internusa Jaya Sejahtera concession (Imagery © 2017 Planet imagery Basemap, 2018 Sentinel 2 & Landsat 8)

Ownership Information: 

Group: Indonusa Agromulia/Indonusa Group

PT Internusa Jaya Sejahtera is owned by Rosna Tjuatja (99.87%), who controls Indonusa Agromulia – commonly known as Indonusa Group. Rosna Tjuatja sits as commissioner in Indonusa Agromulia.

Supply Chain Information: 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PT Kusuma Alam Sari

 

 

 

Concession Information: PT Kusuma Alam Sari is located in Kubu Raya Regency, West Kalimantan. The concession covers an area of 12,860 hectares. (Long 109°49’17.9″E, Lat 0°11’15.0″S)

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between May 6 to August 12, 2018, a total of 129 hectares of peat forest were cleared in PT Kusuma Alam Sari concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc.)

Owner Information: 

Group: Alas Kusuma Group

PT Kusuma Alam Sari is part of Alas Kusuma Group. Mr. Jacub Husin is the President Director of Alas Kusuma Group and Mr. Budijuwono Hanjaja is the Vice President.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


PT Palem Segar Lestari

 

 

 

Concession Information: PT Palem Segar Lestari is located in Nunukan Regency, East Kalimantan. The concession covers an area of 12,582 hectares. (Long 117°36’41.9″E, Lat 3°51’02.0″S)

 

 

 

Peat development: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between June 14 to August 9, 2018, a total of 91 hectares of peat were developed in PT Palem Segar Lestari concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc.)

Ownership Information:

Group: Henan Jiujiu Chemical Co. Ltd.

PT Palem Segar Lestari is owned by Henan Jiujiu Chemical Co. Ltd (90%) and by PT Citra Makmur Sentosa (10%). Henan Jiujiu Chemical Co. Ltd is a China-registered company specializing in fatty acids and derivative products.

Mr. Tjia Ke Seng (alias ‘Dachlan’), a Chinese citizen, is the President Director of PT Palem Segar Lestari6. He is also the Director of PT Sebaung Sawit Plantation, also located in North Kalimantan.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


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 May 22 to August 2, 2018 (Site A) and between May 22 to August 13, 2018 (Site B), a total of 761 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 Jaya8.

Supply Chain Information: 

No supply chain information available.


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 hectares. (Long 140°12’31.6″E, Lat 6°20’26.6″S)

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between May 30 to August 13, 2018, a total of 828 hectares of forest were cleared in 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 each purchased an 80% stake in each of these four companies 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 of the concessions included in the Tanah Merah project in Boven Digoel Regency. These concessions in the Tanah Merah area 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 the HSA Group’s subsidiary Pacific Inter-Link’s Managing Director & the Regional Director-Malaysia for HSA Group. The Acts 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- 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 the President Director of PT Kartika Cipta Pratama. Nakul Rastogi also disappears from PT Kartika Cipta Pratama’s Notary Acts.

However, the June 5, 2018 Notary Acts show that there is no change in the shareholders of PT Megakarya Jaya Raya, PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, PT Graha Kencana Mulia and PT Energi Samudera Kencana. 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 has become the president commissioner of PT MJR. He is a former Foreign Minister of Indonesia. Dr. Tommy Sagiman is now the commissioner of PT KCP. He is an 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 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 conglomerates 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 members of the RSPO.

Supply Chain Information: 

Pacific Inter-Link used to trade with IOI and Nestlé10, however both companies have suspended trade with the company due to concerns over its involvement in deforestation. Unilever has suspended Pacific Inter-link from placement of new orders but Pacific Inter-link is still supplying Unilever until current binding contracts run out. It is unclear where Pacific Inter-Link now sells its palm oil, but being a Middle Eastern company, it most likely has an alternative market in this region and in East Africa.


BLD Plantation

 

 

Concession Information:  BLD Plantation Bhd is located in Sarawak, Malaysia. The concession covers an area of 20,158 hectares. (Long 111°47’22.67″E, Lat 2°35’49.80″N)

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between July 9 to August 26, 2018, a total of 836 hectares of peat forest were cleared in the BLD Plantation concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc)

Ownership Information: 

Group: BLD Plantation Bhd

BLD Plantation Bhd is part of a group of companies controlled by the Lau family and their relatives, as well as the Wan Hamid family. Dato Henry Lau Lee Kong is the Executive Chairman of BLD Plantation, while Mr. Haji Wan Abdillah bin Wan Hamid is the group’s Executive Director. Lau is also the Honorary Secretary of the Sarawak Timber Association (STA)12.

Supply Chain Information: 


Sources for supply chain information: 

The 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]


To-Do List for New Tyson CEO: Fulfill Sustainability Commitments

Stepping in as the new CEO of one of the world’s largest meat companies, Noel White will be faced with executing on Tyson’s widely applauded vision to become ‘the most sustainable protein company in the world.’ Mr. White has a decade-long tenure leading pork, poultry, beef, and international business growth at Tyson, which makes him well-positioned to execute on the commitments made by his visionary predecessor Tom Hayes to improve the company’s farming practices and environmental impact

“Under Tom Hayes, Tyson made bold and urgently needed commitments to position itself as a leader on sustainability in the industry,” noted Mighty Earth’s Campaign Director Lucia von Reusner. “The transition in leadership raises questions about Tyson’s future direction, but it is clear that the market is demanding more sustainable farming practices. Mr. White’s decade long experience within Tyson means he is well positioned to turn the company’s sustainability rhetoric into real action across the company’s global supply chain.”

Meat production has a larger environmental impact than almost any other human activity. Animal agriculture takes up 80 percent of the world’s agricultural land and 30 percent of global freshwater.  This industry, which Tyson shaped and dominates around the world, is also responsible for 60 percent of global biodiversity loss and at least 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

In the United States, meat production is the leading source of water pollution, contaminating drinking water and causing a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico that spans up to 8,000 square miles- the size of New Jersey- each year. Globally, the largest meat and dairy companies—including Tyson Foods— rank among the top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, comparable to Exxon, Shell, and BP.

Mighty Earth is leading a nation-wide campaign that is calling on Tyson Foods to use its influence in the market to drive more sustainable agricultural practices for feed sourcing, manure management, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions throughout its supply chain.  Tyson is facing pressure from shareholders, customers, local farming communities, and the public to adopt practices that reduce the company’s environmental impacts.

Responding to public demand for more sustainable food options, Tyson has announced several industry-leading commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve farming practices for feed production, in addition to investing in cleaner meat products. However, so far these commitments have not included details on how they will be implemented or verified to ensure that Tyson’s supply chain actually becomes more sustainable.

 


Mighty Earth Field Organizers Target Yamaha in their Backyard

This month, Mighty Earth deployed three organizers to protect our oceans and fisheries from meddling by special interest groups like Yamaha. The organizers will be stationed in Yamaha’s backyard, in cities across the United States. In only three weeks, they have successfully built the ground work for a huge showing of public support that will pressure Yamaha to do the right thing and stop undermining US fishery policy.

Oceans are a critical source of food, livelihood, recreation and biodiversity. They are the lungs of our planet: incredibly important regulators to combat climate change and support diverse and abundant forms of life. Unfortunately, from plastic pollution to oil spills, our oceans face serious threats.

Overfishing is one such problem across all the world’s oceans but, thanks to our management systems, the U.S. has been a real leader in keeping our oceans healthy and our fisheries sustainable.

Unfortunately, in an effort to sell more boat motors, Yamaha has been pushing legislators for policies that would undermine the core principles that have kept our oceans full of fish.

Musicians who play Yamaha instruments, their fans, and other potential Yamaha customers around the country know that conservation is critical to the health of our oceans and don’t want Yamaha lobbying to destroy them.

So, our team has hit the ground in Long Beach, California, a city near Yamaha’s corporate Headquarters, Kennessaw, Georgia, home to the headquarters of Yamaha Motor, and New Orleans, Louisiana, a bastion of music and coastal community that will undoubtedly suffer from a lack of smart fishery policy due to their connection to the Gulf.

Over the next few months our organizers will be building visibility around this campaign exposing the bad policies Yamaha is pushing for and calling attention to the company’s corporate influence over our elected officials.

If you are in the area, reach out to one of our field organizers to find out how you can be part of our growing movement to protect oceans or stop by our organizers’ Campaign Kick-Off Meetings next week!

 

In Long Beach, reach out to Lauren Karpinski at [email protected]

Above: Lauren (center left) with 5 new Fish Yamaha Out volunteers at their first Campaign Action Meeting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can attend the Kick-Off Meeting on Wednesday, September 19 at 7pm at
Taco Surf
5316 1/2 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803

And you can RSVP here!

 

In Kennesaw, reach out to Audrey Beedle at [email protected]

Above: Audrey (right) with volunteers, getting petitions signed to Fish Yamaha Out!

You can attend the Kick-Off Meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm at
Independent Grounds Cafe

3900 Legacy Park Boulevard #a100
Kennesaw, GA 30144

And you can RSVP here!

 

In New Orleans, reach out to Corinne Noonan at [email protected]

Above: Three volunteers on the Fish Yamaha Out campaign in New Orleans, writing Letters to the Editor!

You can attend the Kick-Off Meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm at
Urban South Brewery

1645 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

And you can RSVP here!


Decision on Papua deforestation case delayed

Radio New Zealand | Sept. 11, 2018 

An international forest protection agency has delayed a decision on whether to cut ties with a company involved in large-scale deforestation in West Papua.

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Korindo Group guilty but still not charged: FSC Board delays complaint verdict until next year

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has notified Mighty Earth that its International Board of Directors has delayed until March 2019 a decision on whether the organization will disassociate from the Korindo Group, a notorious Korean-Indonesian logging and palm oil conglomerate that has engaged in massive deforestation in Papua, Indonesia.

The Board’s decision follows an investigation by an FSC appointed ‘Complaint Panel’ to assess Mighty Earth’s May 2017 ‘Policy for Association’ complaintagainst Korindo. The Panel report’s describing its findings was concluded in April 2018 and presented to the FSC Board in August 2018.

“Despite indisputable evidence that Korindo is guilty of clearing over 30,000 hectares of Indonesian rainforests, the FSC Board has failed to prevent Korindo from misusing its association with the FSC brand. said Phil Aikman, Mighty Earth’s Campaign Director. “This case couldn’t be any clearer: satellite images, videos, aerial photos, eyewitness interviews and other evidence showed that Korindo has destroyed vast areas of precious rainforests and abused rights of indigenous people.”

Mighty Earth’s report about Korindo, ‘Burning Paradise’, is available here

Under the Policy for Association, the FSC describes the ‘conversion of more than 10,000 ha of forests under the organization's responsibility in the past 5 years [as] harmful to FSC’s reputationThrough this policy FSC expects to be able to identify organizations not committed to the basic fundamentals of responsible forest management and prevent them from misusing their association with FSC.

The FSC Board has now requested supplementary analysis around two out of three aspects of the original complaint, specifically the ‘destruction of high conservation values’ and the ‘violation of traditional and human rights’ in the forest areas cleared or logged.

“Make no mistake: a delay by the FSC censuring Korindo is a win for deforestation and puts the fundamental credibility of the FSC in serious jeopardy. The FSC should have decided this case in two minutes, not almost two years.” Aikman said.

About Mighty Earth

Mighty Earth is a global environmental campaign organization that works to protect forests, conserve oceans, and address climate change. We work in Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa, and North America to drive large-scale action towards environmentally responsible agriculture that protects native ecosystems, wildlife, and water, and respects local community rights.  Mighty Earth’s global team has played a decisive role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to dramatically improve their environmental and social policies and practices. More information on Mighty Earth can be found at www.mightyearth.org/.

Notes to Editor:

  • Aerial photographs of fires within Korindo’s oil palm concessions can be downloaded here.
  • FSC statement on the Board’s decision is available here
  • The ‘Policy for the Association of Organizations with FSC’ is available here.

Corporate Food Brands Drive the Massive Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

EcoWatch | Sept. 1, 2018

By not requiring environmental safeguards from its meat suppliers, the world's largest natural and organic foods supermarket are sourcing and selling meat from some of the worst polluters in agribusiness.

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Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 6

Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 6

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Indonesian companies: PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I), PT Berau Karetindo Lestari, PT Rayatama Jaya, PT Pipit Citra Persada, PT Subur Karunia Raya, PT Condong Garut, PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry, PT Sumur Pandanwangi, PT Mulia Inti Perkasa, PT Prasetya Mitra Muda Blok II, PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan

Malaysian company: BLD Plantation Bhd

 

July 2018

Prepared with support from Aidenvironment and MapHubs

 


PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I)

Concession Information: PT Permata Putera Mandiri Blok I is located in the province of West Papua. The concession covers an area of 34,310 hectares1. (Long 132°21’17.93″E, Lat 1°53’45.09″S)

 

 

Deforestation:

In 2015, the ANJ Group was suspended by a number of its palm oil customers over its clearing of forests in the PT Permata Putera Mandiri concession. The company stopped clearing forests for over two years, though started clearance again in late 2017. Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between May 25 to July 9, 2018, a total of 82 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Permata Putera Mandiri Blok I concession.

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite image):

Ownership Information:

Group Ownership – 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)2. Mr. Geetha Govindan is the President Director of Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk.

ANJ Group: Supply Chain Information


PT Berau Karetindo Lestari

 

 

Concession Information: PT Berau Karetindo Lestari is located in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan. The concession covers 7,124 hectares3. (Long 116°59’15.49″E, Lat 2°21’32.30″N)

 

 

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that between April 17 to July 22, 2018, a total of 122 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Berau Karetindo Lestari concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

 

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images) 

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; their company, Solidi Silvester Korompis, is also registered there.

Supply Chain Information:

No supply chain information available


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 for the period June 22 to July 16, 2018, a total of 22 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Rayatama Jaya concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images) 

Ownership Information:

Group Ownership – Tsani Hutani Abadi Group

PT Rayatama Jaya is part of the 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 Harapan Rimba Haya, PT Kruing Lestari Jaya. Tsani Hutani Abadi’s President Director is Mulyawan Tjandra, who is an ex-Executive Director of Indo Agri Resources. Mr. Gunawan Kosasih is a Director of the group.

Tsani Hutani Abadi Group: Supply Chain Information


PT Pipit Citra Perdana

 

 

Concession Information: PT Pipit Citra Persada is located in Nunukan Regency, East Kalimantan. The concession covers 16,300 hectares. (Long 117° 7’43.56″E, Lat 3°39’18.74″N)

 

 

Peat development: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period May 22 to July 21, 2018, a total of 87 hectares of peat were developed in the PT Pipit Cipta Perdana concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

 

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information: PT Xiang De

PT Pipit Citra Perdana is owned by PT Xiang De and is associated with the Hang Ting Group (Singapore). Juliet Kristianto Liu is the director of both PT Pipit Citra Perdana and Hang Ting Group.7 Hang Ting has a joint-venture palm oil company with QL Resources Sdn Bhd called PT Pipit Mutiara Indah,8 located in the same district as PT Pipit Citra Perdana.

Supply Chain Information:

No supply chain information available


PT Subur Karunia Raya

 

 

Concession Information: PT Subur Karunia Raya is located in Teluk Bintuni Regency, in the province of West Papua. The concession covers 40,882 hectares. (Long 133° 0’24.61″E, Lat 1°53’10.84″S)

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period May 2 to June 22, 2018, a total of 129 hectares of forest were cleared and a further 125 hectares of forest were prepared for land clearing in the PT Subur Karunia Raya concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information 

Family ownership – Tuan Junus Sutiono and Tuan Watson Dharma

PT Subur Karunia Raya is 99.6% owned by PT Mulia Abadi Lestari10, 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 (the CEO and President of the Salim Group).

Supply Chain Information:

No supply chain information available


PT Condong Garut

 

 

Concession Information: PT Condong Garut is located in West Kalimantan. The concession covers 13,32611 hectares. (Long 109°17’49.76″E, Lat 0°17’31.81″N)

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period May 21 to July 19, 2018, a total of 52 hectares of peat forest were cleared in the PT Condong Garut concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information:

PT Condong Garut is owned by an individual, Mr. Haji Hutomo Mandala Putra12. The palm oil plantations of PT Condong Garut are managed by JA Wattie & Co.

Supply Chain Information:

Sinar Mas Agro Resources is the main buyer of JA Wattie & Co., according to JA Wattie & Co.’s 2017 annual report.


PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry

 

 

Concession Information: PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry is located in Kapuas Hulu Regency, West Kalimantan. The concession covers 19,150 hectares14. (Lon: 111°52’21.88″E, Lat: 0°41’58.72″N)

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period June 22 to July 24, 2018, a total of 35 hectares of peatland forest were cleared and an additional 60 hectares of peatland forest were prepared for land clearing in the PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

 

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information: 

Group ownership – Evershine Asset Corporation and Everbright Resources Corporation

PT Kapuasindo Palm Industry is owned by Evershine Asset Corporation (90%) and Everbright Resources Corporation (10%), through PT Kencana Agung Lestari and PT Binanusa Mukti Sentosa. Everbright Resources Corporation also ultimately owns PT Buana Tunas Sejahtera and PT Sentrakarya Manunggal; these two companies share the same President Director (Johanes Ibrahim Tjendana), Director (Juliana Lukmin) and President Commissioner (Ricky Surjana).

 

Supply Chain Information:


PT Sumur Pandanwangi

 

 

Concession Information: PT Sumur Pandanwangi is located in Seruyan Regency, Central Kalimantan. The concession covers 7,492 hectares15. (Long: 112°36’52.62″E, Lat: 3°19’29.78″S)

 

 

Peat Development:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period April 24 to July 11, 2018, a total of 243 hectares of peat were developed in the PT Sumur Pandanwangi concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information:

Group – Musirawas

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

Musirawas Group: Supply Chain Information

 


PT Mulia Inti Perkasa

 

 

Concession Information: PT Mulia Inti Perkasa is located in Berau Regency, East Kalimantan. The concession covers 5,686 hectares. (Long: 116°55’5.70″E, Lat: 2°18’2.01″N)

 

Deforestation: 

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period May 11 to July 19, 2018, a total of 30 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Mulia Inti Perkasa concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information:

Group ownership – Widya Corporation

PT Mulia Inti Perkasa is part of the Widya Corporation.17 Through its fully owned subsidiary, PT Unggul Widya Teknologi Lestari18, it has a total planted area of ~30,000 hectares and owns 5 palm oil mills in West Sulawesi and East Kalimantan.

Mr. Tjokro Putro Wibowo is the Chief Director of the Widya Corporation and PT Unggul Widya Teknologi Lestari. He also serves as general secretary deputy of the Board of the (Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI)19 and he is a member of the Indonesian Palm Oil Board (DMSI).

Widya Corporation: Supply Chain Information


PT Prasetya Mitra Muda Blok II

 

 

Concession Information: PT Prasetya Mitra Muda Blok II is located in Gunung Mas Regency, Central Kalimantan. The concession covers 2,475 hectares. (Long: 113°38’54.06″E, Lat: 1°37’26.74″S)

 

 

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period June 3 to July 6, 2018, a total of 45 hectares of forest were cleared in PT Prasetya Mitra Muda Blok II concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information: 

Group ownership – Samuel International Group

PT Prasetya Mitra Muda is 49.7% owned by Samuel International Group, with the remaining shares owned by Samuel International’s Executive Director and other related members of associated companies22. The Executive Director of Samuel International’s oil palm operations is Mr. Teguh Patriawan. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Plantation Committee of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin). Samuel International Group subsidiaries include PT Samuel Sekuritas Indonesia and PT Samuel Asset Manajemen, which is among the 10 largest asset managers in Indonesia.

Samuel International Group: Supply Chain Information 


PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan

 

 

Concession Information: PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan is located in Katingan Regency, Central Kalimantan. The concession covers 13,382 hectares.

(Long: 113°21’2.52″E, Lat: 1°35’59.06″S)

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period June 6 to July 6, 2018, a total of 87 hectares of forest were cleared and a further 28 hectares of forest were prepared for land clearing in the PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan concession (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images) 

Ownership Information: 

Group Ownership – Makin Group

PT Krida Dharma Kahuripan is part of the Makin Group, which is owned by Mr. Susilo Wonowidjojo and his family.

Supply Chain Information:


BLD Plantation Bhd 

 

 

Concession Information: BLD Plantation Bhd is located in Sarawak, Malaysia. The concession covers 20,158 hectares. (Long 111°47’22.67″E, Lat 2°35’49.80″N)

 

 

Deforestation:

Satellite imagery (see below) shows that for the period June 14 to July 9, 2018, a total of 78 hectares of peat forest were cleared (Imagery © 2018 Planet Labs Inc).

Alert Imagery (before and after satellite images):

Ownership Information

Group Ownership – KTS Group

BLD Plantation Bhd is part of the KTS group of companies. The group is controlled by the Lau family and their relatives, as well as the Wan Hamid family. Dato Henry Lau Lee Kong is the Executive Chairman of BLD Plantation, while Mr. Haji Wan Abdillah bin Wan Hamid is the group’s Executive Director. Lau is also the Honorary Secretary of the Sarawak Timber Association (STA).

Supply Chain Information: 


References:

Satellite imagery: 

Planet Team (2017). Planet Application. Program Interface: In Space for Life on Earth. San Francisco, CA. https://api.planet.com

Sources for supply chain information:

The 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]


Largest Set of Environmental Groups Ever Ask the EPA for Food-Based Biofuel Volume Reductions

Mighty Earth is proud to join nearly 20 organizations from around the world in asking the EPA to ensure that biofuel mandates are set at levels that don’t drive the destruction of native habitats – be that grassland in the American Midwest or tropical forests in southeast Asia. Increased crop production for corn ethanol, soy and palm biodiesel and other food-based fuels destroys native habitats, pollutes drinking water, and worsens the climate crisis. Most biofuels now on the market appear to be a cure worse than the disease.

Together we urge EPA to consider the following issues when finalizing its 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations rule:

  • Reducing the mandated volume of corn ethanol
  • Limiting the growth of vegetable oil-based biofuels
  • Implementing the severe environmental harm waiver
  • Ending unlawful RFS-induced land conversion and the destruction of native habitats
  • Assessing impacts under the Endangered Species Act

Below is a list of organizations who have signed onto the comments. View the full comments here

Action for Ecology and People’s Emancipation (AEER) Indonesia
ActionAid USA
ARA, Germany
Biofuelwatch
Clean Air Task Force
Dogwood Alliance
Earthjustice
EcoNexus
Estonian Forest Aid
Fern
Global Forest Coalition
Mighty Earth
National Wildlife Federation
Partnership for Policy Integrity
Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Rescue
Sawit Watch
Sierra Club


Local residents gather to send Tyson Foods a message: “Don’t Tread on Tennessee”

Around 80 residents of Haywood County and several neighboring West Tennessee communities gathered at a town hall meeting this month to send a clear message to Tyson Foods: “Don’t Tread on Tennessee.”

Attendees expressed concern about water and air pollution associated with Tyson’s expanding poultry operations in the region, and many shared their frustrations over the complete deregulation of the poultry industry in TN over the past several years. Others called for “big state government” to get off the backs of local governments seeking to enforce more stringent zoning regulations for industrial poultry operations than what the state compels.

Tyson’s Tennessee expansion comes after citizens of Tonganoxie, Kansas protested and rejected the company’s $320 million proposal to build a new chicken processing plant in their region. Citizens of Tonganoxie, Kansas cited concerns about the social and environmental impacts of the company’s proposal, including water pollution risks, as grounds for the rejection.

In May, Tyson broke ground on an industrial poultry processing plant in Gibson County, TN without complete permits from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation. Tyson also plans to increase capacity at its Union City processing plant in nearby Obion County. According to Tyson, these two plants will process an estimated 120 million chickens each year and will require an additional 587 industrial chicken houses that will generate significant quantities of manure and other air, water, and public health pollutants. This expansion is set to occur along significant tributaries of the Mississippi River that are already classified as impaired by the EPA due to runoff pollution from industrial agriculture operations.

Natalie Pinner, a sixth-generation farm owner from Haywood County, discussed how Tyson growers from Arkansas recently tried to buy two neighboring properties on both sides of her family farm. “I don’t think when they came to Haywood County they realized we were going to put up this kind of fight,” said Pinner. “We do everything as a community and I just want them to realize we’re not standing for it.”

Other attendees included state Rep. Johnny Shaw, House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, President and CEO of the Brownsville/Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Steve Hilton, and a number of candidates for county mayor, county commission, and state representative. In the week following the town hall, two major opponents to Tyson’s expansion were elected to local office: David Livingston was elected Mayor of Haywood County, and Sharon Hayes was elected to the Haywood County Commission, which oversees local zoning.

“Tyson has a long track record of ignoring concerns from local communities about water and public health risks from its operations and pushing clean-up costs for its pollution onto taxpayers,” said Lucia von Reusner, Campaign Director for Mighty Earth. “Given the company’s poor reputation on the environment and community health, it’s no surprise that local residents in Tennessee don’t want Tyson as a neighbor.”