Liviya James

From Environmental Leader to ‘Worst Company in the World’

The New York Times | July 29, 2019 

For years, the American agricultural giant Cargill has been on relatively good terms with environmental advocates, praised for agreeing to a landmark moratorium on buying soybeans grown on deforested land in the Amazon rain forest. In recent weeks, though, that relationship has soured over the company’s refusal to agree to a similar moratorium in another environmentally sensitive region of Brazil and, more broadly, over its failure to meet its anti-deforestation targets.

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Mighty Earth responds to deforestation spike in the Amazon

New government data shows that 1,345 sq km of the Brazilian Amazon have been cleared in the month of July alone, an area greater than the city of Los Angeles. In response to this announcement, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz released the following statement:

“It’s not just President Bolsonaro who is to blame for this massive increase in Brazilian deforestation, it’s also the international companies like Cargill and JBS that are making it possible. These companies are the ones financing the deforestation and exporting meat and animal feed around the world. On a day when heat records are being shattered across Europe, it’s time for Cargill and other companies to stop buying from deforesters. We’re concerned that the combination of Bolsonaro’s weakening of environmental enforcement and the new Europe-Mercosur trade deal will only provide more opportunities for outlaw companies like Cargill to recklessly finance deforestation. Consumers should tell customers of deforestation – companies like Stop & Shop, Giant, and McDonald’s – to call on their suppliers to end their complicity in Brazil’s massive deforestation.”


Ethical wood body warns Indonesian palm oil firm over forest clearing

Reuters | July 25, 2019 

An international green certification body said Indonesian member firm Korindo Group breached its rules on clearing forests to grow oil palm but would not be expelled after a two-year probe.

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Judge Cargill on Implementation, Not Commitments

Agribusiness giant Cargill recently made a pledge regarding greenhouse gas emissions from its beef operations in North America. In response to this latest announcement, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz released the following statement:

"Once again, Cargill’s executives and PR teams have gotten the headlines they wanted after a splashy announcement. But as we documented in our recent report, Cargill: The Worst Company in the World, Cargill’s big announcements are too often just a prelude to failure and disappointment.

"In this case, Cargill’s commitment seems bogus on its face. Rather than committing to actually cutting its climate impact, Cargill is just committing to reducing the 'intensity' of its emissions. In contrast, Smithfield Pork has committed to reduce absolute emissions by 25 percent by 2025, a real goal that they’re well on their way to achieving. Meanwhile, Cargill continues to drive large-scale destruction of native habitat and water and climate pollution throughout its meat supply chain.

"Time and time again, Cargill has proven to be either unwilling or too incompetent to make the modest improvements needed to put their business on a sustainable trajectory, and the promised changes never arrive.

"In 2014, Cargill pledged to great fanfare to end deforestation from the production of key agricultural commodities by 2020. Now that 2020 is just around the corner, they have admitted that goal will not be met and pledged only half measures in response. This is simply how they operate.

"At this point, it’s irresponsible to take Cargill at their word. Cargill should be judged on implementation, not commitments. In the face of our planet’s urgent climate crisis, more empty promises are simply not enough."


Produsen Minyak Sawit Raksasa Korindo Dinyatakan Bersalah atas Tuduhan Perusakan Hutan Hujan dan Pelanggaran HAM

Forest Stewardship Council menemukan bahwa Korindo telah melanggar standar organisasi dan menganjurkan langkah-langkah dan remediasi untuk menghindari disasosiasi

Setelah proses investigasi yang berlangsung selama dua tahun atas pengaduan yang diajukan oleh Mighty Earth, Board of International Directors dari Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), sebuah badan sertifikasi global yang memastikan pengelolaan hutan secara bertanggung jawab, hari ini menindaklanjuti kasus Korindo Group yang telah lama tertunda.

Korindo Group adalah konglomerat penebangan dan kelapa sawit Korea-Indonesia yang selama ini terlibat dalam deforestasi berskala besar di Papua dan Maluku Utara, Indonesia. Keterlibatan perusahaan ini terungkap dalam laporan berjudul “Burning Paradise” yang disusun oleh Mighty Earth.  Selama bertahun-tahun, Korindo telah menggunakan label eco-forestry dari FSC untuk menyembunyikan praktik-praktik destruktifnya. Korindo menjual kayu, kayu lapis, bubur kayu, biomassa, dan kertas koran kepada sejumlah pelanggan seperti Asia Pulp & Paper (Indonesia), APRIL (Indonesia), Sumitomo Forestry (Jepang), Oji Corporation (Jepang), Marubeni (Jepang), dan News Corps Australia.

Hari ini, FSC menyimpulkan bahwa Korindo telah melanggar ‘Policy for Association’ (Pfa) dan memberlakukan serangkaian tindakan untuk mengatasi kerusakan parah yang disebabkan oleh perusahaan tersebut. Karena pelanggaran ini, FSC mengancam akan memutuskan hubungan (diasosiasi) dengan Korindo dan mencabut semua sertifikasinya. FSC juga mewajibkan Korindo untuk menghentikan semua aksi konversi hutan dan deforestasi, mendapatkan sertifikasi FSC dalam semua aktivitas kehutanan perusahaan dan mematuhi prinsip FPIC [Free Prior and Informed Consent]. Selain itu, Korindo diharuskan untuk mengevaluasi semua dampak negatif dan memulihkan lahan yang telah mereka rusak.”

Deborah Lapidus, Senior Campaigns Director untuk Mighty Earth, memberikan pernyataan sebagai berikut:

“Dengan ini, kami berharap Korindo akan mengakhiri praktik penyalahgunaan hak-hak masyarakat setempat dan penghancuran wilayah hutan hujan. Meskipun demikian, keberhasilan atau kegagalan langkah ini tergantung pada komitmen yang dibuat oleh Korindo untuk memulihkan dampak kerusakan pada masyarakat, hutan, dan ekosistem di Papua dan Maluku Utara. Persyaratan remediasi juga harus ditentukan setelah melakukan dialog dengan masyarakat sekitar yang terkena dampak, dan tidak ditetapkan secara sepihak oleh Korindo yang pastinya berupaya untuk meminimalisasi tanggung jawabnya.

Melalui investigasinya, FSC telah memverifikasi bukti-bukti yang dikumpulkan oleh Mighty Earth dan menyatakan bahwa Korindo bersalah sebagaimana dituduhkan. Dengan melakukan deforestasi berskala besar (lebih dari 30.000 hektar selama dua tahun sebelum pengaduan diajukan), menghancurkan habitat satwa liar dan melanggar hak-hak tradisional dan hak asasi manusia, Korindo telah melanggar standar FSC dan berpotensi untuk merusak nama baik FSC. Untuk menanggapi pelanggaran ini, FSC harus memastikan Korindo bertanggung jawab penuh atas perilaku buruknya.

Namun, sayang sekali FSC memilih untuk tidak merilis temuan lengkap dari ketiga investigasi tersebut. Penting bagi masyarakat dan pemangku kepentingan yang terkena dampak untuk membaca sendiri hasil temuan tersebut sebelum Korindo mampu memutarbalikkan fakta. Pernyataan FSC tidak menyoroti seberapa parah pelanggaran yang dilakukan Korindo serta menyalahartikan temuan Panel mengenai kebakaran hutan yang dilakukan perusahaan tersebut. Kami meminta FSC untuk merilis laporan mereka secara lengkap dan tanpa bias agar semua pihak dapat menilai keefektifan tindakan remediasi yang dilaksanakan oleh Korindo.”

Mighty Earth menyerukan kepada Korindo untuk mengembalikan tanah adat, menyelesaikan isu sosial dan menanggapi keluhan, memberikan kompensasi yang adil kepada masyarakat setempat atas hilangnya lahan, sumber daya alam, dan mata pencaharian mereka, serta memulihkan ekosistem yang rusak. Jumlah biaya yang wajib dikeluarkan Korindo dalam memulihkan suatu kawasan harus setara dengan kerusakan yang telah mereka lakukan selama dua dekade terakhir.

“Jika Korindo mampu memenuhi tanggung jawab mereka dan mengeluarkan ganti rugi sebesar ratusan juta dolar, maka tindakan FSC hari ini akan menjadi preseden yang kuat. Pengumuman yang dibuat FSC hari ini juga merupakan imbauan bagi sejumlah perusahaan lain, seperti Posco International yang juga beroperasi di Papua, untuk menghentikan dan menghilangkan praktik deforestasi pada lahan-lahan yang dimiliki masyarakat setempat.”

Mighty Earth menyerukan kepada FSC untuk melakukan penyelidikan baru terhadap sejumlah organisasi bersertifikasi FSC lainnya yang terlibat dalam praktik deforestasi dan pelanggaran hak asasi manusia. Untuk itu, Mighty Earth baru-baru ini mengajukan pengaduan baru terhadap KTS Group atas pelanggaran berkelanjutan yang dilakukan organisasi tersebut terhadap Policy for Association FSC. Pengaduan tersebut juga menyertakan bukti bahwa bisnis kelapa sawit KTS, BLD Plantation, telah menebangi lebih dari 10.000 hektar hutan gambut yang kaya akan karbon di Sarawak (Malaysia) dalam kurun waktu lima tahun terakhir dan juga telah melanggar berbagai hak masyarakat setempat. Pelanggan KTS meliputi dua perusahaan kertas terbesar Indonesia, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) dan APRIL. Keduanya tercatat memiliki komitmen untuk mematuhi kebijakan Tanpa Deforestasi, Tanpa Gambut, dan

Tanpa Eksploitasi. FSC belum mengambil keputusan apa pun untuk menindaklanjuti pengaduan ini. 

Franky Samperante dari Yayasan Pusaka mengatakan: “Selama dua dekade, Korindo telah banyak melanggar hak tanah secara diam-diam, sementara mereka bertingkah sebagai penyelamat bagi orang-orang Papua. Karena itu, masyarakat luas harus mengetahui apa yang sebenarnya terjadi di Papua dan Maluku Utara. FSC memiliki tanggung jawab untuk merilis semua temuannya secara lengkap.”

Pastor Anselmus Amo from SKP-KAMe Meruake menambahkan, “Korindo telah menghancurkan tanah dan mata pencaharian masyarakat, merampas sumber daya alam mereka, melakukan tindak kekerasan dan intimidasi terhadap banyak orang, dan juga mencemari sungai. Tak hanya itu, semua ini mereka lakukan sembari merekrut tenaga kerja yang sebagian besar berasal dari luar Indonesia. Korindo juga belum serius melakukan pemberdayaan masyarakat dalam program CSR-nya. Kami berharap FSC mau berkonsultasi langsung dengan masyarakat setempat untuk memahami tindakan buruk Korindo serta pandangan mereka mengenai kompensasi yang adil dan langkah-langkah perbaikan yang akan dilakukan. Kami tentunya siap untuk membantu.”

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Two-Year Investigation Finds Major Palm Oil Producer Korindo Guilty of Rainforest Destruction and Human Rights Abuses

Two-Year Investigation Finds Major Palm Oil Producer Korindo Guilty of Rainforest Destruction and Human Rights Abuses

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Forest Stewardship Council concludes that Korindo violated its standards, mandates improvement and remediation measures to avoid disassociation

Today, after a two-year investigation process prompted by a complaint filed by Mighty Earth, the International Board of Directors of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global certification body on responsible forest management, acted in its longdelayed case against The Korindo Group.

The Korindo Group is a notorious Korean-Indonesian logging and palm oil conglomerate that has engaged in massive scale deforestation in Papua and North Maluku, Indonesia, as exposed in Mighty Earth’s “Burning Paradise” report. Yet, for years Korindo has been using the FSC’s prestigious eco-forestry label to greenwash its destructive practices. Korindo sells its timber, plywood, pulpwood, biomass, and newsprint to customers such as Asia Pulp & Paper (Indonesia), APRIL (Indonesia), Sumitomo Forestry (Japan), Oji Corporation (Japan), Marubeni (Japan), and News Corps Australia.

Today, the FSC announced its conclusion that Korindo violated its ‘Policy for Association’ and has imposed a series of measures on the company to address its liabilities for the severe damages it has caused, or else stand to be disassociated from the FSC and lose its certificates. The FSC concluded that Korindo will be required to “continue its suspension of any forest conversion and deforestation, achieve FSC certification in all its forestry operations and to comply with the principle of FPIC [Free Prior and Informed Consent]. Korindo is also required to assess past negative impact and secure remedy for it.”

Deborah Lapidus, Senior Campaigns Director at Mighty Earth, released the following statement:

“We hope this means that Korindo’s days of abusing the rights of indigenous peoples and systematically destroying vast areas of pristine rainforest with impunity are finally over. But success or failure depends on exactly what Korindo will agree to – and whether those commitments are sufficient to remedy the severe impacts Korindo has had on communities, forests, and ecosystems in Papua and North Maluku. It is critical that the remediation requirements be determined in close consultation with affected communities, and not set by Korindo which has a vested interest in minimizing its liabilities.

“The FSC’s investigation has verified the damning evidence documented by Mighty Earth and found Korindo guilty as charged. By carrying out large scale deforestation (more than 30,000 hectares in the two years prior to filing the complaint), destroying critical wildlife habitat and violating traditional and human rights, Korindo was flouting FSC standards and threatened to make a mockery of the FSC’s prestigious label. In response, it is only appropriate that the FSC makes Korindo fully accountable for its egregious conduct.

“However, it is a shame the FSC chose not to release the full findings of the three investigations it conducted concurrent with this announcement so the public and affected stakeholders could read the findings for themselves, rather than enabling Korindo to distort the facts and spin the conclusions. The FSC statement glosses over the true scale and severity of Korindo’s violations and misrepresents the Panel’s findings on fires. We call on the FSC to release the full version of the reports. Only a full, unbiased disclosure of Korindo’s wrongdoing can make it possible for the effectiveness of their remediation measures to be assessed.

“Mighty Earth calls on Korindo to return customary lands, resolve social conflicts and grievances, fairly compensate local communities for lost land, natural resources, and livelihoods, and restore damaged ecosystems. Korindo needs to finance the restoration of an area at least equivalent to that which it has destroyed over the past two decades.

“If Korindo delivers on what must be a commitment running into the hundreds of millions of dollars of liabilities, the FSC’s actions today will set a strong precedent. Today’s announcement has put other companies, like Korindo’s neighbor in Papua, Posco International, on notice that rampant deforestation and destruction of indigenous lands must be eliminated and remedied.”

Mighty Earth is calling on the FSC to pursue new investigations into the many other FSC-certified groups engaged in deforestation and human rights abuses. To that end, Mighty Earth recently filed a new complaint against the KTS Group for its continued violation of the FSC Policy for Association. The complaint documents evidence that KTS’s oil palm business, BLD Plantation, has cleared more than 10,000 hectares of carbon-rich peat forests in Sarawak (Malaysia) in the last five years and violated the rights of local indigenous people. KTS pulpwood customers include the Indonesian paper giants, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and APRIL, which both have No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation policies. The FSC has yet to take a decision to process this complaint.

Quotes from Indonesian partners working in Papua:

Franky Samperante from Yayasan Pusaka stated: “For two decades, Korindo has gotten away with violating land rights without exposure, while selling itself in the media as a savior to the Papuan people.  Therefore, it is important that people know the reality of what has transpired in Papua and North Maluku.  The FSC has a responsibility to release its findings in full.”

Pastor Anselmus Amo from SKP-KAMe Meruake added : “Korindo has destroyed community lands and livelihoods without people’s consent, robbed communities of their natural resources, subjected people to violence and intimidation, and polluted the rivers – all while hiring mainly workers outside Papua. Korindo is also not doing its CSR seriously. We hope the FSC will consult directly with affected communities to better understand Korindo’s bad actions and the communities’ views on what fair compensation and remediation measures would be. We stand ready to help.”


Palm Oil: Report 17

Rapid Response Monitoring System

Palm Oil, Report 17 | July 2019 

Prepared with support from MapHubs

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Indonesian companies:

EvershineAsset Corporation / Everbright Resources Corporation: PT AnugerahMakmur Sejati

IncasiRaya Group: PT Arvenasepakat

CB InudstrialProduct Holding / JhonlinGroup: PT KurunSumberRezeki

Makin Group: PT MekarKaryaKahuripan

Dharma SawitNusantara Tbk(DSN Group): PT Prima SawitAndalan

KiranaMegatara: PT Putra KatinganPratama

Malaysian companies:

RGE Group: PT Usaha SawitUnggul

Shin Yang Holding SdnBhd/ Sarawak Oil Palm Bhd: DataranLinauSdnBhd(Lot 1 Block 14 MurumLD)

YuwangGroup: Empresa(M) SdnBhd(OT/0351)

RimbunanHijau: PohZhen SdnBhd

WTK Group: Southwind Plantation SdnBhd

SamlingGroup: Syarikat SamlingTimber SdnBhd(LPF 0014)

Woodman Group: AdongEstate, Part of LPF 0004

Woodman Group: LikuEstate, Part of LPF 0004

Additional Cases Identified Using Filtered GLAD Alerts: Unknown Group: PT AgroLintas Nusantara, Unknown Group: PT, TriomasForestry Development Indonesia, Unknown Group: PT RutaJonaLestari, CilandryAnkyAbadi Group: PT Citra AgroAbadi, First Borneo Group: PT WahanaHamparanHijau, First Borneo Group: PT KhatulistiwaAgroAbadi, Unknown Group: KoperasiUsaha Mandiri, Unknown Group: PT KatinganHijauLestari

Sources for supply chain information:https://bit.ly/32sPnez

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


Soy and Cattle: Report 3

Rapid Response Monitoring System

Soy and Cattle, Report 3 | July 2019 

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This report presents 9 cases of deforestation alerts from DETER (System for Monitoring Deforestation on Real Time) and PRODES (Program for Deforestation Calculation) observed between 27 April and 27 May 2019, in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes within Brazil. Seven cases are linked to private properties in 7 municipalities within the states of Bahia, Piauí, Maranhão and Mato Grosso. One of the cases presents deforestation alerts found in the National Forest of Jamanxim and in overlapping areas with the PDS Vale do Jamanxim, in Novo Progresso, Pará state. The first is a category of federal natural conservation area, and the second a type of rural settlement within the national program of agrarian reform. Finally, the report presents a summary of deforestation alerts found inside Indigenous lands and details their legal status within the demarcation process, from initial stages to full recognition and demarcation.


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Soy and Cattle: Report 2

Rapid Response Monitoring System

Soy and Cattle, Report 2 | July 2019 

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The present report presents fourteen cases of deforestation alerts in Brazil observed between 27 March and 27 April 2019 by DETER (System for Monitoring Deforestation in Real Time) and PRODES (Program for Deforestation Calculation). The fourteen cases cover deforestation alerts in eight municipalities of five Brazilian states: Piauí, Bahia, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, and Roraima.

 











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Cargill: The Worst Company in the World

July 2019

Report documents decades of bad acts by US-based agribusiness giant, Cargill, and highlights the need for urgent action. Download


Rethinking Biodiesel Subsidies

On Monday, Congressional staffers had the opportunity to hear from experts about the climate, taxpayer, and food ramifications of biofuels and the biodiesel tax credit extension bill (H.R. Bill 3301) currently moving through Congress.

In a packed room, Former Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of Waxman Strategies, opened the session with remarks about his own journey. Waxman initially voted for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a mandate for fuel suppliers to mix a minimum percentage of ethanol into gasoline. But scientists have since proven the negative environmental impacts of biofuels as a result of indirect land use change, and Waxman now opposes the biodiesel tax credit.

“I am concerned that the passing of this extension will spur more land conversion, pollute America’s waterways and wildlife habitats, release more carbon, and support more loss of natural areas for soybean and other virgin oil production,” Waxman said at the briefing.

The first panelist, President Ryan Alexander of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the financial burden for taxpayers. The biodiesel tax credit has cost taxpayers $12 billion from 2007 to 2012.  Alexander called biofuels subsidies a “triple threat” to taxpayers, via 1) the biodiesel tax credit, 2) production volume mandates such as the RFS, and 3) government spending on biomass programs.

 

Next, Dr. Stephanie Searle from the International Coalition on Clean Transportation spoke about the direct environmental consequences of biofuels production. Studies show that soy biodiesels are on par with or worse than fossil fuel diesel. Additionally, biofuels production drives global deforestation by increasing demand for palm oil. Dr. Searle posed the question: if it’s likely that biodiesels are worse for the planet than fossil fuels, is that a risk we are willing to take?

A graph comparing the carbon intensity of soy biodiesel to that of fossil diesel, compiled from U.S. EPA, California Air Resources Board, and European Commission studies.

Finally, Kelly Stone of Action Aid spoke to the human and food security consequences that come from biofuels production: land grabs from small farmers, increased food prices, and local environmental impacts such as water pollution. She concluded by calling for the phasing out of food-based biofuels and focusing efforts on real clean energy solutions.

To view the full presentation click here.


Environmentalists put more pressure on Cargill to slow forest-to-farm movement in Brazil

Minneapolis Star Tribune | July 13, 2019 

Pressure is mounting on Cargill Inc. to do more for native vegetation in Brazil, South America’s food powerhouse.

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Standing up for forests and farmers

Mighty Earth applauds the government of Cote d’Ivoire for seeking to better protect its forests and for its willingness to move towards a greener future, putting behind the bitter past of losing 85 percent of its forests since 1990. Likewise, we welcome positive elements in the new Ivorian forest code, recently adopted by the Ivorian National Assembly.

However—we are gravely concerned by the implications of mass evictions from parks and protected areas.  Incentivized by decades of the $100-billion-a-year chocolate industry turning a bind eye to forest destruction and funding illegal cocoa production in these areas, 1.5 - 2 million people thought to be living illegally in the parks and protected areas of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana

In its declaration, the Ministre des Eaux et Forêts was clear that protected areas will be emptied of their inhabitants.

We call urgently for the recognition and respect of the human rights of these  inhabitants. These people have rights and must be protected from abuses.

Published below is our recent Joint Human Rights Watch-Mighty Earth Cote d'Ivoire Dispatch regarding the urgent need to guarantee the human rights of illegal cocoa farmers. Also below is  a 2018 open letter, co-signed by Mighty Earth, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Le Regroupement des Acteurs Ivoiriens des Droits de l'Homme(RAIDH), and Fern, regarding egregious abuses of illegal cocoa farmers inside the Ivorian national park of Marahoue.

This previously unpublished letter presents the findings of a joint investigation to the government of Cote d’Ivoire.  Following unsuccessful negotiations with the government, led by senior environmental advisor to the president, Dr. Mamadou Fofana, authorities declared that the government of Cote d’Ivoire would refuse to hold any perpetrators accountable or to compensate victims in any way. Given the risks that farmers now face, the Marahoue case has renewed relevance, and so we publish it today, along with videos and photos taken during the Marahoue field investigation.

We call on the Ivorian authorities to protect human rights and allow independent civil society monitors to observe any actions taken. In parallel, we call upon the chocolate industry to create a humanitarian aid fund to compensate farmers who are expelled from parks and protected areas. Having created the conditions leading to the illegal occupations of these areas the industry has a moral responsibility to finance solutions, and assist expelled farmers in rebuilding their lives.


Farmers Face New Round of Eviction from Protected Forests in Côte d’Ivoire

Government Should Ensure Small-Scale Farmers Receive Adequate Notice, Compensation

Jim Wormington, Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Etelle Higonnet, Campaign and Legal Director, Mighty Earth

Côte d’Ivoire, fighting widespread and rapidly advancing deforestation, is embarking on an ambitious plan to reclaim and rehabilitate its forests. As it moves to protect a key national resource, the government needs to be careful not to trample of the rights of the thousands of small-scale farmers now facing eviction.

Côte d’Ivoire has seen its forest decline from 50 percent of its territory in 1900 to less than 12 percent in 2015. Much of the deforestation has been driven by Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa industry – the world’s biggest – with the government estimating between 30 and 40 percent of cocoa comes from protected forests. Most cocoa is produced by small-scale farmers who receive only a fraction of the profits from crop sales.

In June 2018, Côte d’Ivoire published a new forestry policy that would convert most of its decimated protected forests to Agro-Forests, with multinational companies – mostly from the lucrative global chocolate industry – responsible for developing sustainable agroforestry cocoa farming methods. For the remaining forests, the Ministry for Water and Forests proposes to strictly enforce long-neglected laws banning farming and occupying protected forests and national parks.

The implementation of the new forestry policy will likely result in the evictions of thousands of small-scale cocoa farmers, with an estimated 1.5 to 2 million cocoa farmers living in protected forests and national parks in Côte d’Ivoire and neighboring Ghana. The Ivorian protected forest of Scio, for example, where thousands of people live, reportedly received notice of an eviction operation planned for July.

Although the Ivorian government has the right to reclaim forests intended for conservation, international law protects anyone who occupies land from forced evictions that do not respect the dignity and rights of those affected, regardless of where they are living.

Past eviction operations in Côte d’Ivoire have left farmers’ families without adequate shelter, food, and education, and we have documented extortion, corruption, and physical abuses committed by government agents conducting evictions. In an October 2017 letter on the creation of Agro-Forests, we also warned that large agricultural companies often fail to protect the rights of small-scale farmers, especially when national regulations are unclear or not enforced.

The Ivorian government is right to want to protect and rehabilitate forests. But it should ensure that evictions are only used as a last resort and farmers receive adequate notice, compensation for property and crops, and assistance finding new land or obtaining new livelihoods. Measures to protect the environment, such as the protection of protected forests, should be implemented while respecting the rights of those who live in the area.

This piece is crossposted from Human Rights Watch


More photos and videos.

Read Marahoue letter in French here.

Read Marahoue letter in English here.


Cargill Named "Worst Company in the World"

Cargill Named "Worst Company in the World"

New report documents US-based agribusiness giant’s “ineptitude and incoherence at a grand scale.”

This press release is available in French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and German.

July 11, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Environmental campaign organization Mighty Earth announced today that it had named Minnesota-based Cargill as the “Worst Company in the World” due to its unscrupulous business practices, environmental destruction, and repeated insistence on standing in the way of global progress on sustainability. Mighty Earth’s new report, “Cargill: The Worst Company in the World,” documents decades of bad acts by the company and highlights the need for urgent action. The report is available in Spanish, Dutch, French, Portuguese and German.

“In my 40-year long career in Congress, I took on a range of companies that engaged in abusive practices,” former congressman and Mighty Earth Chairman Henry Waxman writes in the report. “I have seen firsthand the harmful impact of businesses that do not bring their ethics with them to work. But Cargill stands out.”

“As one of the largest companies in the world, Cargill has a responsibility to address its outsized impact,” Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz said. “Mighty Earth runs campaigns around the globe to advocate for sustainable business practices, and Cargill kept showing up when our investigations identified bad actors. Whether we were working on palm oil in Southeast Asia, cocoa farming in West Africa, or soy cultivation in South America, Cargill was always there, ready to thwart progress and impede joint conservation efforts. Given their ubiquity and obstinance, we decided it was time to take a closer look at their checkered past.”

For months, Mighty Earth has engaged in discussions with Cargill, including at the CEO level, to address the report’s findings and seek long-term solutions. Mighty Earth has served as a key convener for other sectors – including rubber, chocolate, and palm oil – as those companies sought to improve their environmental standards and impacts. However, Cargill has refused, time and time again, to substantively address the problems Mighty Earth identified. Instead, Cargill continues to prioritize the deforesters in its supply chains over the climate or their customers’ sustainability demands.

“In press releases and public statements, the agribusiness giant Cargill presents itself as frustrated with deforestation, as though it were some externality they have no control over, like bad weather,” Hurowitz said. “But deforestation isn’t something that’s happening to Cargill, it’s something that Cargill is doing.”

Mighty Earth’s new report identifies Ahold Delhaize – an international supermarket giant that owns Stop & Shop, Giant, Food Lion, Hannaford, and many other brands – as a key customer of Cargill that could take immediate action. Ahold Delhaize, despite its own corporate sustainability pledges, recently broke ground on a new meat packaging facility in Rhode Island as a joint venture with Cargill.

“It’s important for Ahold Delhaize and other Cargill customers to set new sourcing standards that eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. They have the power to force Cargill’s hand, but continued inaction makes them complicit in Cargill’s malfeasance,” said Mighty Earth Senior Director for Forests Mat Jacobson. “Cargill has only gotten away with its bad behavior for so long because it is not a consumer-facing brand. But if folks knew the food they get at McDonald’s, Stop & Shop, or Target was destroying the rainforests or had been produced with child slavery, they’d be shocked.”

The release of Mighty Earth’s groundbreaking report kicks-off a multimillion-dollar, multi-year campaign targeting Cargill and its customers that will urge the agribusiness giant to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chain. To launch the campaign, local Mighty Earth activists and allies including Minnesota Clean Water Action honored Cargill for its dubious distinction with a rally outside Cargill headquarters in Minnesota at which it awarded the company a “thumbs down” placard.

About the Report

Major findings:

  • Cargill is poised to further wreak havoc on fragile ecosystems in Brazil, taking advantage of President Bolsonaro’s rollback of vital environmental protections. In 2014, Cargill pledged to end deforestation for all commodities in its supply chain by 2020. With just one year left, Cargill has continued to incentivize deforestation, remained one of the worst actors on the world stage, and now stands poised to embrace the dawning of a Bolsonaro-era free-for-all in Brazil’s forests.
  • In November 2017, Cargill was fined $10 million by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for years of deliberately misreporting its trade values – by up to 90 percent – in order to defraud both the government and its trading partners. In October 2018, David Dines, the Cargill executive responsible for these violations, was promoted to Chief Financial Officer.
  • Indigenous peoples who depend on forests have had their land encroached upon by Cargill-linked soy plantations in Brazil. They have been forced off of their traditional lands and have experienced sharp increases in cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, and other illnesses linked to pesticides and herbicides used to grow soy – often sprayed by planes directly overhead.
  • Cargill is one of the top ten polluters in the US food industry for more than a dozen pollutants, including formaldehyde, lead, asbestos, hydrogen cyanide, and mercury.

Photo and video assets relating to the report and Cargill’s operations across different commodities are available for media.

Contact: Alex Armstrong, [email protected]


A Timeline of Bad Behavior - Citations

That Cargill would make a grand commitment and then ignore it shouldn’t be a big surprise.

From having their membership in the Chicago Board of Trade suspended shortly after incorporating for trying to corner the market on corn and artificially drive up its price, to being responsible for the distribution of  more than 150,000 pounds of contaminated beef to supermarkets just last year

— Cargill has a long and sordid history of duplicity, deception and destruction. Just the past two de- cades provide dozens of examples.

Deadly Listeria Outbreak:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4950a1.htm

http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/s/00/cargill.html

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/cargills-contaminated-history/

 

50,000 fish killed:

http://www.brainerddispatch.com/business/3435856-ex-cargill-manager-sentenced-five-months-prison-river-waste-dumping-case 

 

Fecal Contamination:

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2008/06/16/91023.htm

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/07/wisconsin-sizzler-vindicated-in-state-supreme-court/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2001/04/09/an-outbreak-waiting-to-happen/11f105c7-fb06-45b5-ac26-3b5379f62bde/?utm_term=.7666207c4d82

 

Salmonella outbreak:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5125a1.htm

http://outbreakdatabase.com/details/2002-multistate-outbreak-of-salmonella-newport-linked-to-emmpakcargill-ground-beef/?outbreak=cargill&year=2002

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/cargills-contaminated-history/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1033682927966591873

 

Quote from Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter:

www.globalresearch.ca/cargill-key-player-in-global-food-crisis/8980

 

15 to 50 times the limit:

http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue2/2001/06/23/223516-mill-owner-to-pay-7-7m-apologize-about-emissions/

https://azdailysun.com/kingman-steel-mill-to-pay-fine-in-air-pollution-case/article_0101f775-1131-532a-bf01-fc903c28377f.html

 

A quarter of a million pounder:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/frame-redirect?url=https://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/recalls/rnrfiles/rnr031-2001.htm

https://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/10/us/national-briefing-washington-hamburger-recalled.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=932C13D67A462EF2EBA4F49B41990B46&gwt=pay

http://www.safetyalerts.com/s/012/empck.html

 

Union-Busting:

https://www.dln.com/cr/index2003/april%2009,%202003.pdf

 

More than 60 million gallons of toxic waste:

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2005-07-07/news/SWMOSAIC07_1_polk-county-hillsborough-county-water

https://www.enn.com/articles/13626-fertilizer-manufacturer-dumps-damaging-water-into-tampa,-fla.,-creek

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2004/9/8/49380/-

https://www.iatp.org/news/cargill-repairs-dike-breached-by-storm

 

Price Fixing Corn Syrup:

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-mar-12-fi-cargill12-story.html

 

Forced child labor:

https://laborrights.org/releases/human-rights-watchdog-and-civil-rights-firm-sue-nestle-adm-cargill-using-forced-child-labor

 

Uzbeki Slavery:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2005/mar/15/ethicalbusiness.money

http://www.cottoncampaign.org/uploads/3/9/4/7/39474145/2005_ejf_whitegold.pdf

 

More dead fish:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2007/11/07/cargill-to-pay-fine-for-toxic-brine-spill/

Penalties/Fines:

https://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/parent/cargill

Systematic Violations:

https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2005/08/29/daily38.html

 

Poultry waste:

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2005/06/14/55947.htm

 

Coli Recalls 845,000 Pounds of Beef:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/fsis-archives-content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archives/ct_index857

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/cargills-contaminated-history/

 

Salmonella in 15 States:

http://outbreakdatabase.com/details/2009-multistate-outbreak-of-salmonella-newport-linked-to-beef-packers-inc.-cargill-ground-beef/?outbreak=cargill

                                                                                                                                               

20,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Contaminated:

https://www.emaxhealth.com/1506/75/34713/cargill-continues-struggle-ground-beef-safety-issues.html

 

Coli Down Under:

https://archive.is/20110714063659/http://www.meatinternational.com/news/slaughtering/australia-cargill-exports-beef-tracking-system-at-abattoir-id1329.html

https://www.farminguk.com/news/australia-cargill-lose-export-license-_14719.html

 

…And more E. Coli:

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/business/03beef.html?_r=3&partner=rss&emc=rss

https://www.syracuse.com/news/2010/08/pennsylvania_company_recalls_g.html

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/default/files/cargill_a_threat_to_food_and_farming.pdf

 

Intimidating Villagers in Indonesia:

https://www.upi.com/Energy-News/2011/08/30/Cargill-tied-to-violence-in-Sumatra/61171314711081/

https://www.ran.org/the-understory/cargill_exposed_a_trail_of_human_rights_abuses/

https://www.somo.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SOMO-report-The-two-hats-of-public-security-actors-Indonesia.pdf

https://corpwatch.org/article/green-deserts-palm-oil-conflict

https://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/19181

https://www.academia.edu/36951457/Human_Rights_Abuses_and_Land_Conflicts_in_the_PT_Asiatic_Persada_Concession_in_Jambi_Report_of_an_Independent_Investigation_into_Land_Disputes_and_Forced_Evictions_in_a_Palm_Oil_Estate

 

40 Cases of Salmonella in 8 States:

http://outbreakdatabase.com/reports/2012_Cargill_Samonella_Outbreak,_CDC_Update,_August_6,_2012.pdf

 

181 Cases of Salmonella Across 37 States:

https://www.pewtrusts.org/-/media/legacy/uploadedfiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/reports/produce_safety_project/groundturkeyfinalpdf.pdf

 

Systematic Gender and Racial Discrimination:

https://5newsonline.com/2014/01/22/cargill-pays-out-2-2-million-after-discrimination-claims-in-springdale/

 

Tax Evasion:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2011/jun/01/argentina-accuses-grain-traders-tax-evasion

 

OSHA Citation:

https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region5/11192012

 

Palm Oil from Child and Slave Labor:

http://www.schusterinstituteinvestigations.org/slavery-palm-oil-plantations-indonesia

 

Illegal Land Grabbing in Colombia:

http://www.facing-finance.org/en/database/cases/cargill-landgrabbing-in-colombia/

 

Child Labor, Land Grabbing and Deforestation in SE Asia:

https://www.ran.org/press-releases/report-child-labor-land-grabbing-and-deforestation-rampant-across-palm-oil-giant-klk_s-operations/

 

Concealing Huge Markups:

http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2017/11/7/cftc-fines-cargill-10-million-for-hiding-trade-costs.html

 

Child Slavery Lawsuit Moves Forward:

https://www.courthousenews.com/chocolatiers-face-tough-slog-in-slave-labor-appeal/

 

Lagoon Breach Fish Kill:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-pig-farms-pollution-cargill-met-20160802-story.html

 

E Coli Outbreak Across Nation:

http://fortune.com/2018/09/20/ground-beef-recalled-e-coli/

 

Price Fixing for Road Salt in Ohio:

https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Media/News-Releases/March-2012/Attorney-General-DeWine-Files-Antitrust-Complaint

https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Briefing-Room/News-Releases/Antitrust/2015-06-03-Cargill-Morton-Settlement-Agreement-wit.aspx

 


Infographic: The Hidden Cost of Rubber

Rubber is everywhere around us: in the tires on your car or bike, in your shoes, in sporting goods, and much more. But did you know the rubber in your everyday products is likely causing massive environmental devastation?

This infographic shows how rubber production is hurting our planet and communities, from deforestation to climate change and land grabs. But the good news is, there are more sustainable alternatives that companies can choose. Check out the infographic below and sign our petition urging rubber-using companies to switch to sustainable rubber.

By signing this petition, you can help us end the devastation caused by industrial rubber production and tell companies that make products containing rubber to start using sustainable rubber!


Field Dispatch: Activists Meet with Congressional Staffers on Dirty Biodiesel

This is a guest post from Mighty Earth Atlanta volunteer Colin Poe.

Following Mighty Earth’s Forests + Food ≠ Fuel event at SouthFace in May, event attendees and volunteers wanted to do more than just raise awareness on biofuels—they wanted to act!

During the event, attendees were encouraged to reach out to members of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee to oppose this legislation. Atlanta’s own Rep. John Lewis, of the 5th Congressional District, is a senior member of the committee, which has jurisdiction over the federal biodiesel tax credit. Historically, John Lewis has been reliably strong on environmental and climate issues, and we need to make sure he steps up as a champion in the movement to combat dirty biodiesel.

Heeding this call-to-action, a volunteer-led group of event attendees banded together over the next week to plan, create, and mobilize a petition delivery team. Their mission was simple yet effective: hand-deliver over 4,000 anti-biofuel petitions to Rep. John Lewis’s office in downtown Atlanta and request that he oppose the renewal of the dirty biofuel tax subsidy.

On June 14, despite demanding work schedules, dreadful Friday Atlanta afternoon traffic, and grumbling stomachs (this was their lunch break after all), members of the passionate volunteer-led anti-biofuels petition delivery team all converged on downtown Atlanta’s Five Point District to execute their mission.

Mighty Earth volunteer Colin Poe receives a tour of Rep. John Lewis' personal office after delivering over 4,000 petitions and leading the lobby meeting with one of the Congressman's senior staff members.

Upon arrival, the team was met by Lewis' Outreach Director. The team engaged with Lewis’s staff to emphasize the ongoing, negative effects biodiesel production has on the environment and the importance of not extending the dirty biodiesel tax subsidy as a means to prevent further environmental damage.

Following the delivery, Rep. Lewis’s team pledged to mail the petitions directly to his senior policy advisors in Washington, D.C.

In the week after the meeting, the Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 3301, which includes an amendment to extend the biodiesel tax credit. We were deeply disappointed with this development, but will keep fighting. We can still nix it in the full House, in the Senate, or when the two chambers’ versions are merged in the reconciliation process.

As we seek to protect forests, prairies, and other natural areas as carbon sinks and as habitat, it is critical that we refrain from endorsing policies that support reckless agricultural expansion and fail to address the climate crisis. For the past three years, Mighty Earth has championed pro-environment reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which currently mandates increasing biofuel consumption through 2022.


Cargill Announce Support for Deforestation, Defying Customers

Doubles down on plans to continue exploiting and destroying irreplaceable Brazilian ecosystems

In an open letter to soybean producers in Brazil, Cargill announced its opposition to protections for native habitat in Brazil’s Cerrado that would build on the 12-year-long success of the Amazon Soy Moratorium, which banned conversion of additional Amazon forests for soy.

In response to this announcement, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz released the following statement:

“Cargill continues to prioritize the deforesters in its supply chain over the climate or their customers’ sustainability demands. This is a real slap in the face to companies like Ahold Delhaize and McDonald’s that have repeatedly called on Cargill to build on the extraordinary success of the Amazon Soy Moratorium in additional ecosystems in South America. If these companies are serious about their own sustainability commitments, they’ve got to go beyond polite calls and shift their purchases to more responsible suppliers.

“At a time when Brazil’s forests are being churned up and Indigenous Peoples are being displaced by its suppliers, Cargill continues to embrace business as usual – even as concerned Brazilians and its own customers demand solutions to this environmental and human rights crisis.

“Cargill CEO David MacLennan continues to disappoint. He is fond of making grand public commitments, but anyone who cares about the health of our planet – and I know that includes many people within Cargill – should be dispirited by his ongoing failure to take even basic steps to turn this commitment into reality.”

Contact:

Alex Armstrong
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