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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

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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).

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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]


Flunking the Planet

August 2018

This Mighty Earth report found widespread failure across the food industry to address the environmental impacts of the meat supply chain, and provides recommendations for how companies can improve.

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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.”