Liviya James

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.

Palm Oil: Report 8

Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 8

See PDF

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].


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.

Read more


Palm Oil: Report 7

Mighty Earth Rapid Response Report 7

See PDF

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]


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.

Download


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.”