Success Stories

Mighty Earth’s Rapid Response monitoring system is leading to faster interventions by palm oil traders to address cases of deforestation and peatland development in their supply chains. Our work has had an impact on stopping deforestation and new peatland development, as well as driving greater transparency on grievance documentation and resolution by traders.  In fact, since launching rapid response, there has been universal adoption of public grievance tracking by all the traders that we’ve communicated with on the project.

Rapid Response has given palm oil traders the information and incentives to secure moratoria on further plantation development, publish new grievance protocols and grievance trackers, engage with non-compliant suppliers to bring them into compliance, and suspend non-responsive suppliers from their supply chains.

Here are a number of success stories where intervention by traders resulted in stopping deforestation. However, while this is an important first step, each of these companies needs to take further actions to be fully compliant with traders’ No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation (NDPE) policies. These include adopting a Group-level NDPE policy that requires them to adhere to the High Carbon Stock Approach methodology and implementing recovery plans to remediate the impacts of past non-compliance.  

Success Story 1: Anglo Eastern Plantations

Anglo Eastern Plantations (AEP) was found to be clearing forest in its PT Kahayan Agro Plantation concession in Central Kalimantan, as detailed in Rapid Response Report 1.  Between October 16, 2016 and September 26, 2017, an estimated 420 hectares of forest was cleared, including the habitat of Bornean orangutan. Prior to October 2016, an estimated 3,593 hectares of forest were cleared, including over 700 hectares of orangutan habitat.  Grievances were filed with a number of traders, including Bunge, Cargill, GAR, Louis Dreyfus, Olam, Wilmar, and Astra Agro Lestari.

As a result of suspensions and trader engagement, AEP announced a moratorium on any further forest clearance until it completes a High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessment.  In early 2018, AEP appointed PT Meganesia Tirta Foresta to conduct this assessment.


Success Story 2:  Tabung Haji Plantations

PT Persada Kencana Prima, a subsidiary of Tabung Haji Plantations (TH Plantations), cleared and developed a total of 3,708 hectares of peatland forest and non-forested peatland between January 2015 and July 2017. TH Plantations adopted a moratorium on further land development in PT Persada Kencana Prima in July 2017 after a Greenpeace report exposed deforestation and new peatland development in the concession.  However, between April 7 to June 20, 2018, a further 217 hectares of peatland forest were cleared – as documented in Rapid Response Report 5. Evidence on this case has also been published by other NGOs.

A number of traders – ADM, Cargill, GAR, IOI Group, Louis Dreyfus, Musim Mas, Olam and Wilmar – have either suspended trade with Tabung Haji Plantations or engaged with Tabung Haji Plantations, directly or through their third-party suppliers, calling on the company to honor its moratorium on deforestation. As a result of this engagement, Tabung Haji Plantations recommitted to its agreement to complete High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest assessments before any further development takes place.

Between April 7 to June 20, 2018, a total of 217 hectares of peatland forest were cleared.

Success Story 3:  Widya Corporation

PT Mulia Inti Perkasa is part of the Widya Corporation. Between May 11 to July 19, 2018 a total of 30 hectares of forest were cleared in the PT Mulia Inti Perkasa concession, as documented in Rapid Response Report 6.

Traders, including ADM, GAR, and Wilmar, engaged with Widya Corporation regarding this case, either directly or through third-party suppliers.  In August 2018, Widya Corporation informed buyers that they have ceased all land clearing activities in the PT Mulia Inti Perkasa concession. HCS and HCV assessments are now being conducted.

Satellite imagery shows that for the period May 11 to July 19, 2018, a total of 30 hectares of forest were cleared.

Success Story 4: Gama Group

PT Agriprima Cipta Persada, which is part of the Gama Group, was featured in Rapid Response reports 3 and 4.  PT Agriprima Cipta Persada cleared 2,847 hectares of forest in 2015 and 2016, and cleared or degraded a further 185 hectares of forest between November 2017 and June 2018.  PT Agrinusa Persada Mulia, another Gama Group concession, was also featured in Rapid Response Report 3. Between May and November 2017, 2,361 hectares of forest were cleared in this concession.

A number of traders – ADM, Bunge, Cargill, GAR, Louis Dreyfus, Musim Mas, Olam, and Wilmar – have engaged with Gama Group, directly or through their supplying traders, or suspended trade with the company.  As a result of this engagement, as well as ongoing campaigns by other NGOs including Greenpeace, in August 2018, the Gama Group issued a moratorium on further forest clearance, applicable to all of its group controlled concessions and operations.  Soon after, Gama Group released a group-wide NDPE palm oil policy.

PT Agriprima Cipta Persada (PT ACP) is located in Papua province. It covers an area of 59,796 hectares.

Suspended suppliers

Engagement efforts by a number of traders has also led to the suspension of non-compliant suppliers from their supply chains when the supplier refuses to halt the ongoing clearance and adopt a group level NDPE policy.  More than 50 individual cases of suspensions have been reported to be linked to Rapid Response cases, which have reduced the market access for many rogue plantation groups and suppliers. As a result of our outreach to the palm oil industry, a number of the worst companies have been suspended by major palm oil traders with NDPE polices.

Here are a few examples: 

Austindo Nusantara Jaya (ANJ Group) has had ongoing deforestation in its PT Permata Putera Mandiri (Blok I) concession in West Papua, Indonesia, which has been highlighted in multiple Rapid Response reports, beginning with Report 3.  Every trader engaged by Rapid Response on this case has suspended trade with the ANJ Group.

Hayel Saeed Anam Group (HSA)/Pacific Inter-Link is another company that has been linked to ongoing forest clearance, in two concessions in Papua, Indonesia:  PT Kartika Cipta Pratama and PT Megakarya Jaya Raya, featured in multiple reports beginning with Rapid Response Report 5.  Every trader engaged by Rapid Response on this case has suspended trade with HSA/Pacific Inter-Link.

BLD Plantation Bhd has been clearing forest and destroying peatlands in Sarawak, Malaysia, as featured in multiple reports beginning with Rapid Response Report 4.  Every trader engaged by Rapid Response on this case has suspended trade with BLD Plantation Bhd.