Mighty Earth works around the world to break the link between agriculture  and deforestation. We work to transform the palm oil industry to engage  production that conserves forests and respects indigenous community rights.

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This palm oil company promised destruction – and it delivered.


Deforestation is continuing across Indonesia because of rogue companies that are attempting to evade these new environmental and social requirements on a vast scale...

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New satellite mapping reveals POSCO Daewoo continues to clear Indonesian rainforest at rapid pace in second half of 2017


New satellite mapping of Papua, Indonesia - home to the third largest rainforest in the world - shows that the Korean conglomerate POSCO Daewoo has continued to rapidly clear large areas of the rainforest for palm oil production at its palm oil plantation called PT Bio Inti Agrindo (PT BIA).

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Samsung Breaks Business Ties with Notorious Indonesian Rainforest Destroyer Korindo


Environmental NGO Mighty Earth and consumer group SumOfUs announced victory today as Samsung declared that it has no plans to pursue a joint venture or any business with the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate, Korindo. The announcement comes on the heels of a two-month intensive online campaign calling on Samsung to drop the joint venture.

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Found Using Paper Linked to Rainforest Destruction


The Australian NGO Markets for Change and Mighty Earth launched a campaign this week targeting News Corp Australia over its ties with rainforest destroyer Korindo. The organizations distributed parody newspapers of News Corp’s Australian properties The Courier Mail (“The Courier Fail”) and The Australian (The Not Australian).

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Video release: “Burning Paradise” One Year Later


Mighty and Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) release video showing how a year of citizen action around the world is creating pressure to stop the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo’s destruction of “the Land of the Tree Kangaroo”

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Papuan Community Leaders Call For Protection of Indigenous Rights; Also Hit Back at Korindo Group’s Manipulation of Stakeholder Meeting


On August 9th, leaders from Papuan indigenous communities hosted a press conference in Merauke in honor of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and timed with the first Papuan Film Festival which focused on the theme of indigenous rights and environmental sustainability.  

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Activists in South Korea Rally Against Indonesian Rainforest Destruction by Korean Conglomerate POSCO Daewoo


Mighty Earth joined with The Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM), Korea’s largest environmental NGO, at a rally in Gwanghwamun North Square in Seoul, South Korea on Monday, July 31st, to demand that the Korean conglomerate POSCO Daewoo stop destroying Indonesian rainforest on its palm oil plantation in Papua.

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Mighty Earth and Olam Joint Statement Following Visit to Gabon


Conservation NGO Mighty Earth and Olam International have completed a 5 day series of meetings and visits in Gabon as part of their agreement, announced in February 2017, to move forward on models for responsible agricultural development in highly forested countries.

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France announces new five-year climate plan that puts end to “imported deforestation” of products like palm oil and soy


Last week, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot laid out France’s new “climate plan” which includes greater efforts to protect the world’s tropical rainforests in the Amazon, West Africa, and Southeast Asia.

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Samsung partnership with Korindo ignites another fire scandal


Samsung’s phones are not the only thing in their business catching on fire.

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Mighty Published in New Journal on Key Environmental Issues in Asia, EnviroLab Asia


Mighty Campaign Director Deborah Lapidus contributes foreward on palm oil for a new academic journal focused on key environmental issues in Asia, called EnviroLab Asia.

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Buyers Beware: POSCO Daewoo’s Deforestation Palm Oil is Ready for International Markets  —  But Global Buyers are Rejecting it


POSCO Daewoo, Korea’s largest trading company, operates a 34,195 hectare palm oil plantation located in the Ulilin district in Merauke, Papua, Indonesia called PT Bio Inti Agrindo (PT BIA). PT BIA just released its first “Environmental and Social Report” for 2016.

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Finally, Real Action from Big Banks on Deforestation


This month BNP Paribas, the world’s seventh-largest financial institution, announced a new palm oil policy that sets responsible palm oil production as a pre-condition for financing. The policy requires that companies receiving financing protect forests and indigenous people.

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Forest Stewardship Council Accepts Mighty Earth’s Formal Complaint Against Korindo


Mighty Earth has submitted a complaint today to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global sustainable forestry certification body, regarding agribusiness Korindo’s deforestation activities.

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Cargill and Bunge face escalating pressure to clean up supply chain


In the wake of Mighty Earth’s Ultimate Mystery Meat report, soy traders Bunge and Cargill are facing escalating pressure for supply chain reform from their customers, investors, and the public around the globe.

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Indonesia’s second largest palm oil producer fails to deliver on its sustainability policy


Astra Agro Lestari, Indonesia’s second largest palm oil company, has failed to address several key gaps in implementing its sustainability policy that were identified in an assessment by several Indonesian and international NGOs last September.

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Mighty’s Agreement with World’s Largest Farmer Could Have Major Implications for the World’s Forests


Under the agreement, Olam agreed to suspend deforestation for palm oil and rubber, and also apply the industry-standard High Carbon Stock approach to its third-party suppliers (the agreement doesn’t apply to commodities other than palm oil and rubber, such as cocoa and coffee, areas we are continuing to investigate).

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Olam and Mighty Earth agree to collaborate on Forest Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture in Highly Forested Countries


Mighty Earth and Olam agreed to move forward on two imperatives after their meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Korindo Goes Back on No-Deforestation Pledge


Campaign Director Deborah Lapidus was on Australian network ABC today speaking about Korindo's devastating impact on West Papua.

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Satellite Data Shows Korindo Violates Deforestation Moratorium


Weeks after its moratorium, Korindo’s PT Papua Agro Lestari concession in the Indonesian island of Papua carved out plantation “blocks” on approximately 1,400 hectares of forest, an activity also known as “stacking”, which is the final step of land development prior to forest clearing.

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Samling’s Forest Crime Spree Moves to Myanmar


A new report details Samling's crime-ridden palm oil operations in Malaysia, just another in a long line of abuses by the company.

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Newly Released Guidance Aims to Improve Transparency in the Palm Oil Industry


With rainforest destruction and forced labor urgent concerns in palm oil cultivation, a diverse group of NGOs and investor organizations releases today shared guidance for corporate reporting on company commitments towards responsible palm oil sourcing and production.

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Korindo Announces Moratorium on Forest Clearing for Palm Oil Concessions But Critical Questions Remain


Korindo has recently taken the positive step of announcing land clearing moratoria for all of its palm oil operations, following discussions with its global customers. However, critical questions remain about how Korindo plans to enforce and independently verify adherence to its moratorium.

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KFEM and Wahli Stand in Solidarity Against Deforestation


Activists from the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) and Wahli (Friends of the Earth Indonesia) held a solidarity action late last month in Bandar Lampung, Indonesia against deforestation by agribusiness giant Korindo.

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Olam’s Newfound Transparency Constructive But It’s Not Ready to Put Down the Chainsaws


Today, Olam has cracked open its black box to the light of day. However, important questions remain about their sourcing.

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New Report Identifies Secret Market for Deforestation-Linked Palm Oil


A new report released today by Mighty and Gabon-based NGO Brainforest reveals that Olam, one of the world’s leading agribusiness traders, is operating a secretive palm oil trading operation.

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Korindo Subsidiary’s New ‘Sustainability’ Commitments Fail to Deliver Meaningful Change


For the sake of the 44,600 hectares of forest remaining in the concessions covered by the moratorium, we at Mighty hope that Korindo follows through on this commitment. But even if it does cease deforestation in these areas, Korindo needs to take many other actions before being considered responsible.

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This Small Change Is Big News for the World’s Forests


It’s time to breathe a big sigh of relief that the light at the end of the tunnel is near. The two groups today announced an agreement that will bring all the standards together, following a year-long convergence process.

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Letter to Wind Companies: Drop Korindo


Notorious driver of deforestation Korindo isn't just a palm oil company. Ironically, the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate is also a wind tower manufacturer.

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Extensive Satellite, Video, Photographic Evidence Shows Korindo’s Systematic Use of Fire


Although a member of Korindo’s field technical staff admitted at a press event that his company does indeed use illegal fires to clear land for its oil palm plantations, the Korindo corporation now publicly asserts that it does not use this dangerous practice.

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Rainforest Campaign Gets Big Response in South Korea


Following the launch of our “Burning Paradise” report on Korindo, which prompted the Indonesian government to announce a major investigation and garnered widespread media coverage, Mighty team members Bustar Maitar and Deborah Lapidus traveled to South Korea to participate in a speaking and media tour.

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Massive Fires on the Concessions of Indonesia’s Second Biggest Palm Oil Producer


One year ago, Astra Agro Lestari (Astra), the second largest private palm oil grower in Indonesia, adopted a new, ambitious No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation policy. However, a new report shows that, one year in, the implementation of Astra’s sustainability policy leaves much to be desired.

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UPDATE: Indonesian Government Launches Official Investigation into Korindo for Burning, Deforestation


With stunning images, our inaugural report, "Burning Paradise," documented how the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo had engaged in systematic illegal burning of rainforest in Papua. Following the press conference, the Indonesian government announced that it would follow up with its own investigation into Korindo’s deforestation and burning.

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Investigation Reveals Deforestation Throughout Palm Oil Supply Chain


A groundbreaking new investigation released today reveals new satellite, photographic, and video evidence of massive deforestation and illegal burning of pristine rainforest by the Korean-Indonesian corporation Korindo, to support establishment of its palm oil plantations on the Indonesian provinces of Papua and North Maluku.

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Straight Talk on Indonesia’s Deforestation


The Indonesian government has stepped up its efforts to fight haze caused by deforestation, but is the private sector doing its part?

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What Companies are Taking Their Responsible Sourcing Commitments Seriously?


IOI Group was suspended from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, and instead of cleaning up its act has decided to file a lawsuit. We asked consumer companies to make a commitment to no longer source from IOI Group and its processing arm IOI Loders Croklaan. See where some of the biggest global companies stand on responsible palm oil sourcing.

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