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Korindo Threatens Legal Action to Bury the Truth

Palm oil and timber conglomerate sends Forest Stewardship Council a “cease and desist” letter the day it was scheduled to release findings from two-year investigation into the company’s wrongdoing

JAKARTA – Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global certification body for responsible forest management, was scheduled to release summaries of its investigatory findings from a two-year investigation into the Korindo Group, a notorious Korean-Indonesian logging and palm oil conglomerate, on September 5, 2019. However, Mighty Earth was notified by FSC that it has indefinitely delayed the publication of its findings after receiving dubious legal threats from Korindo, including the apparent delivery of a "cease and desist" letter.

"Korindo is using the threat of legal action to bury the FSC's findings and suppress evidence of its wrongdoing," said Mighty Earth Senior Campaign Director Deborah Lapidus. "These are not the actions of an innocent party. Korindo's willing embrace of bullying tactics is proof they have something to hide."

The investigation, prompted by a complaint filed by Mighty Earth, concluded that Korindo had flouted the FSC's 'Policy for Association' by violating indigenous peoples' rights, carrying out significant conversion of natural forests, and destroying significant areas of High Conservation Value (HCVs).

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.

As a result of Korindo's violations of FSC standards, the FSC imposed a series of measures on the company to improve its practices and address its liabilities for the severe damages it caused. These conclusions were announced in July 2019. According to the FSC statement, 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. Furthermore, the FSC says it will disassociate Korindo if it fails to adhere to these requirements.

"Instead of acknowledging its wrongdoing and taking responsibility for its actions, Korindo chose to spin the conclusions of the FSC investigation and proclaim its innocence in the press. If Korindo wants the truth to be known about what the FSC found, it should call on FSC to release the full findings of its investigations – as we have done – so that the public can see the truth for themselves," said Lapidus. "But instead, Korindo is trying to intimidate FSC into silence, as it has attempted to do with Mighty Earth and many of our NGO partners."

"There is no justification for FSC's complicity in covering up Korindo's wrongdoing. It needs to stop doing the dirty work of deforesters and start acting like a sustainability organization," Lapidus added.

“We urge the FSC to stand strong and proceed with releasing the full findings of the investigations, as they are required to do by their own procedures. Do not give in to Korindo's gangster-style threats,” said Mighty Earth Campaign Director and FSC expert Phil Aikman. "Korindo's customers deserve to know the truth about the origins of their purportedly sustainable products. The indigenous people who have suffered at the hands of this nefarious conglomerate deserve to see Korindo held accountable and to be fairly compensated. And the public has the right to know just how much precious rainforest was destroyed."

"We call on the FSC to suspend Korindo, as the company is acting in obvious bad faith and is clearly not ready to accept its liabilities,” Aikman concluded.

Mighty Earth’s call for accountability and transparency was echoed by community organizations working in Papua.

Franky Samperante of Yayasan Pusaka, which works to defend indigenous land rights in Papua said, "We got the complaints from the victims that are impacted by logging and palm oil company, subsidiary company of Korindo Group. Land, forest and sago hamlet which are their food resources and livelihood are being destroyed. The river as the clean water supply has been contaminated by plant waste and pesticides. Their rights and power over their own land moved unwittingly. Indigenous people and workers are subjected to violence and intimidation threats."

"Korindo is also not taking its corporate social responsibility seriously," said Pastor Anselmus Amo from SKP-KAMe Meruake, a Papuan human rights organization. "FSC should consult directly with affected communities to better understand Korindo’s egregious actions and the communities’ views on what fair compensation and remediation measures would be. We stand ready to help resolve this long standing conflict."

Samperante added, "For over decades, Korindo has gotten away with violating indigenous peoples’ land rights without exposure, while selling itself in the media as a savior to the Papuan people. Korindo should be seriously committed to respect and recover our rights and protect local environment."

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Global Day of Action for the Amazon

Global Day of Action for the Amazon

On September 5, activists across the world joined the Global Day of Action for the Amazon to hold governments and companies that stand to profit from the fires in the Amazon accountable for their role in this environmental destruction.

Minneapolis, Minnesota


In Minneapolis, Mighty Earth and 80+ activists rallied at the Minneapolis Institute of Art–home to the Cargill Gallery–to call out Cargill for its role in lighting up the Amazon and polluting water sources. Holding banners such as “Cargill: there’s no art on a dead planet” and “Cargill: helping the world burn” activists from the Twin Cities gathered outside the museum’s main doors.

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Midway through the protest, while chanting “The Amazon’s in flames, we’re out in force and naming names protestors” protestors abandoned their spot on the front sidewalk and swarmed into the main entrance of the museum, where they proceeded to stage a dramatic die-in.

The protest was endorsed by over a dozen local, national, and international organizations, including the Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America chapter, Environment Minnesota, and Rainforest Action Network, as well as by Bill McKibben. Outlets such as Fox 9 and City Pages covered the event.

Cargill went into damage control mode and rapidly issued a comment in an attempt to defend the company’s reputation. In response, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz released the following statement:

“Cargill gives up the game immediately by declaring their opposition is to ‘illegal deforestation.’ What that actually means is that they are still going to take full advantage of lax regulations and enforcement in Bolsonaro-era Brazil. A commitment to oppose illegal deforestation is nothing more than a pledge to obey the law – this is the bare minimum, not something to celebrate.

“The fires in the Amazon are a byproduct of the rollback of safeguards for the environment and Indigenous peoples in both Bolivia and Brazil. These policies have been implemented at the behest of the region’s industrial agriculture sector, of which Cargill is a top player. We have applauded Cargill for joining the Amazon Moratorium in the past, but since that time they have fallen dramatically behind the industry by refusing to go beyond that single safeguard.

“The Moratorium protects only the Brazilian Amazon, but enables Cargill to continue buying from deforesters in the Cerrado or the Bolivian Amazon, where more than 2.5 million acres have burned, largely to clear land for new cattle and soy animal feed plantations, in just a few weeks. By failing to address these issues and others, Cargill has contributed to the atmosphere of lawlessness in Brazil and beyond that has led to these fires.

“These fires are also exposing a loophole in the existing Soy Moratorium. While broadly effective, it does permit soy producers to engage in extensive deforestation for cattle and still sell their soy to Cargill. The Amazon crisis shows the urgent need to close this loophole so that deforestation can be stopped, whatever crop is driving it.

“In addition, the forest fires in Brazil and Bolivia are a result of land being burned to clear it for cattle. Ranchers will then move cattle from existing land to the newly deforested land, and plant soy to sell to Cargill. As long as Cargill keeps providing this incentive, the burning will continue.”

Washington D.C.


Mighty Earth also co-organized sister actions in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. In D.C., protestors marched from the White House to the building that houses both the Brazilian consulate and the local Cargill office. Campaign director Lucia von Reusner was featured as a speaker at the D.C. protest, where she spoke about the role of large agribusinesses in driving and incentivizing the fires. “It is no surprise that Cargill is headquartered in the same building as the Brazilian consulate, given that our satellite investigations of the most recent fires raging across Brazil and Bolivia have found Cargill and mega beef supplier JBS consistently at the front lines of this deforestation” von Reusner said, addressing the large crowd gathered on the sidewalk.

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International Day of Action for the Amazon: Global Community Sets Stage for Climate Week

Today, concerned citizens across six continents – from Hong Kong to Washington and Paris to Pretoria – will take action for the Amazon by protesting the ongoing fires and deforestation. In a show of international solidarity with indigenous leaders, activists around the world are standing up to President Jair Bolsonaro's reckless policies and the international corporations profiting off environmental destruction.

The burning of the Amazon and the darkening of skies have captured the world’s conscience. But while much of the blame for the fires has rightly fallen on President Bolsonaro for directly encouraging the burning of forests and the seizure of Indigenous Peoples’ lands, the incentive for the destruction comes from large-scale international meat and soy animal feed companies like JBS, Marfrig, and Cargill, according to a recent Mighty Earth report.

Additional research from media and advocacy organizations has helped identify a group of 12 companies responsible for the ongoing deforestation and destruction in the Amazon. This “Dirty Dozen” covers the financing of projects causing deforestation, the traders who help create the market for commodities like soy and beef that are linked to deforestation, and the retailers who sell the resulting products to unsuspecting consumers.

As part of the International Day of Action, Mighty Earth and nearly 100 allied groups – including Amazon Watch, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network, Extinction Rebellion, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs, Center for Biological Diversity, Endangered Species Coalition, Canopée, Rettet den Regenwald, Danmarks Naturfredningsforening, International Accountability Project, Native Forest Council, Humane League, and others – have sent letters to the CEOs of these 12 companies outlining the steps they must take to end their role in incentivizing destruction of the Amazon and other fragile ecosystems.

Read the letters to Big Finance and Mega Retailers here.

Today’s actions also set the stage for Climate Week in New York City (September 23-29).

“Companies like Cargill, Ahold Delhaize, and others have previously used Climate Week as an opportunity for splashy announcements and feel-good pledges,” Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz said. “But after years of failing to deliver on these promises, their words ring hollow. This Climate Week will mark five years since the signing of the New York Declaration on Forests, and one year left until their original 2020 deadline. The Amazon is on fire, the climate crisis is worsening, and the world cannot afford dithering and excuses any longer. These companies must take decisive action now.”

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Companies Support Higher Cocoa Prices for Farmers

Companies Support Higher Cocoa Prices for Farmers

Mighty Earth collected statements from industry with varying level of support for the much-needed price increase for cocoa to protect farmers. While we do not in any way endorse these statements, they serve to debunk the notion that industry will not support a price increase.

We call on companies which have yet to publicly commit to paying a better price –  such as Nestle, Sucden, Fuji Oils, and Pladis – to do so forthwith.

We hope this encourages other producer countries to set a price floor, like Cameroon, Nigeria, Indonesia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Peru. We ask all producer countries’ cocoa regulatory bodes to commit to ensuring all cocoa farmers earn a living income, worldwide.

Efforts must not be limited to supporting Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana but must aim at ensuring a minimum price for cocoa farmers across the globe.

Alter Eco: “Alter Eco fully supports the efforts of the governments of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to increase the price of cocoa. We in fact would support them moving beyond $2,700 FOB to the price necessary to guarantee cocoa farmers a living income. Indeed, we also call on other cocoa producing countries to do the same. Alter Eco sources amongst others from Ecuador and we would warmly welcome any Ecuadorean move to match the Ivorian and Ghanaian courageous initiative to improve farmer livelihoods. We would support a global floor price. Our preference would be for that floor price to go directly into the pockets of famers, with transparency and traceability to ensure those who need it most are receiving this improved price. Moreover all our cocoa is deforestation-free and all of our volumes are heading towards agroforestry – as we are aware that a commodity price increase can trigger deforestation, so we call on all governments and companies supporting a floor price to simultaneously crack down on deforestation in their supply chains and embrace robust agroforestry everywhere. Let’s welcome the positive developments in West Africa and look towards all companies and producer countries to move the positive agenda forward rapidly.”


Barry Callebaut: “It is the execution on this topic, which matters tremendously. It is a fact that the floor price will be implemented by the Ghanaian and Ivorian government. We agree to that principle, but next to the opportunities there are risks. The Barry Callebaut statement is a reflection of the conditions that have to be fulfilled in order for the floor price to have the intended results for farmers, and not lead to further deforestation.” “As the biggest buyer of cocoa in the world we welcome the initiative of the Ivory Coast and Ghana governments to support cocoa farmer income. We are therefore already working with the government and other companies to have a smooth implementation of the living income differential. We remain committed to continue to lead on sustainability as defined by our Forever Chocolate objectives and this does not change, if anything continues to gather momentum. All this does not preclude the fact that in the living income differential discussions there has been little space to embrace much needed discussions on some potential risks highlighted on sustainability. This does not diminish our commitment to sustainability but our responsibility as a sustainable operator focused on impact is to highlight challenges of a changing environment.”


Blommer: “Recently, the Governments of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire engaged the cocoa and chocolate industry in a series of meetings to discuss options around new pricing structures aimed at providing cocoa farmers greater value for their cocoa. Blommer believes that cocoa farmers should earn sufficient income to ensure a decent standard of living. Through our Sustainable Origins platform we are working closely with producing governments, farmer organizations, and other development partners on many initiatives to catalyze the transformation of traditional farms into diversified, sustainable, and profitable businesses. These efforts are also necessary to boost farmer income but they may not be enough without increased remuneration to farmers for their crop. We therefore support the overall goal of the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to increase farmer remuneration. Developing new and innovative methods to achieve this should remain a priority while maintaining a continued focus on the critical work being done under the industry’s sustainability activities. We look forward to our continued partnership and collaboration with Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to ensure a sustainable and thriving cocoa sector – where farmers prosper, cocoa-growing communities are empowered, human rights are respected, and the environment is conserved.”


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Fuji Oil: “Blommer’s statement on this subject covers not only Blommer but also the whole FUJI OIL Group.”


Cargill: “Cargill s’engage de manière durable auprès des agriculteurs et de gouvernements ivoiriens et ghanéens. Chez Cargill (www.Cargill.com), nous partageons l’ambition, exprimée par les gouvernements de la Côte d’Ivoire et du Ghana, d’améliorer le revenu des producteurs de cacao et d’assurer la durabilité à long terme du secteur. Nous saluons la volonté des deux gouvernements, d’établir un prix plancher minimum pour les fèves de cacao et affirmons notre engagement à faire davantage pour veiller à ce que cette mesure permette d’accroitre de façon durable les revenus des agriculteurs. Nous sommes impatients de collaborer étroitement avec le Conseil Café Cacao et le Cocobod afin de réaliser des changements positifs fondamentaux dans le secteur du cacao.” [Unofficial translation: Cargill is making a long-term commitment to Ivorian and Ghanaian farmers and governments. At Cargill (www.Cargill.com), we share the ambition of the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to improve the income of cocoa farmers and ensure the long-term sustainability of the sector. We applaud the willingness of both governments to set a minimum floor price for cocoa beans and affirm our commitment to do more to ensure that this measure leads to sustainable increases in farmers’ incomes. We look forward to working closely with the Coffee Cocoa Council and Cocobod to achieve fundamental positive changes in the cocoa sector.]


ECOM: “ECOM welcomes any initiative working towards ensuring a decent standard of living for cocoa farmers. We look forward to our continued discussions with the Conseil Café Cacao of Côte d’Ivoire, Cocobod of Ghana and other industry players to ensure a sustainable and thriving cocoa sector. We are currently awaiting additional information that will be shared by the two governments regarding details of the mechanism.”


Fair Trade: on the 1st of October 2019, Fairtrade is raising its Minimum Price for conventional cocoa to $2,400 per metric ton, and is raising its Premium for Fairtrade cocoa to $240 per metric ton. For organic cocoa, the Fairtrade Minimum Price will be $2,700. As of this writing, and Unlike UTZ/Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade is the only certification scheme with a global mandatory minimum price (although it still falls short of the Fair Trade Living Income Reference Price). When the market price rises higher than the Fairtrade Minimum Price, producers will receive market prices.


Ferrero: “Ferrero welcomes any efforts of the governments of Ivory Coast and Ghana to relieve cocoa farmer poverty as we believe that cocoa farmers should earn sufficient income to ensure a decent standard of living. Any efforts should also tackle the broader development challenges in cocoa growing communities, including child labor and deforestation.”


Godiva: “GODIVA supports any efforts to lift cocoa growing communities in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana out of poverty, and protect the future of cocoa farming and farmers.”


Halba: “We fully support the new floor price announced by Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. The payment of such a price is already a great step forward.” We would appreciate it very much, if at least 70 – 80% of that price would reach the farmer.


Hershey: “At Hershey, we have long supported initiatives that improve the livelihoods of farmers. Cocoa farmers should be able to support their families and earn a decent standard of living and we support the goal of raising farmer incomes. Hershey, along with the entire industry, will be working with these governments to further understand their proposals to increase farmer incomes. Any plans would need to be implemented carefully to ensure they do not create imbalances in the long-term supply of cocoa that could result in surpluses and destabilize the market, which ultimately hurts farmers. The plans also need to guard against new production on protected forest land. We want to work together with the governments to see an increased share of the global cocoa price transferred to farmers through the government-regulated farmgate price. These are complicated, but important issues. We look forward to joining with the rest of the industry to continue these discussions with the governments and other partners to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and the sustainability of cocoa farming long into the future.”


Lindt & Sprüngli: “Our sustainable cocoa program – the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program – aims at decent and resilient livelihoods of todays and future cocoa farmers and their families. While increased farm gate prices are an important measure to improve livelihoods, we follow a holistic approach to increase the net-income of cocoa farming households delivering to us, which includes a sustainable intensification of cocoa cultivation, the creation of additional income sources, a stabilization of cash flow and secured income, as well as the improvement of community infrastructure. Especially Ghana is an important origin for us. We therefore support the Governments’ efforts to contribute to improved cocoa livelihoods, and will follow the developments closely.”


Mars: “U.S. food maker Mars Inc. supports a decision by Ivory Coast and Ghana to set a floor price for their cocoa exports, a senior executive told Reuters on Wednesday, becoming one of the first major chocolate companies to back the initiative. ‘We support moves by governments to intervene to achieve a higher price that leads to a sustainable increase paid to the farmer and is supported with governance to ensure there is no further expansion of land use to grow cocoa,’ Ament said. ‘Initiatives to boost productivity, improvements in social services and infrastructure, and exploration of alternative incomes are necessary, but they will likely not be enough without an increase in the price farmers receive for their crop,’ Ament said.”


Mondelez: “We believe cocoa farmers should earn sufficient income to provide a decent standard of living today as well as to safeguard the sustainable future livelihoods for the cocoa farmers of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. With Cocoa Life, our holistic cocoa sustainability program, we work on the ground, with the cocoa farmers and our partners to tackle the complex challenges that cocoa growing communities face. Partnerships are key to creating the right environment for lasting change. We welcome the Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire’s governments’ efforts to address cocoa farmer income through the Living Income Differential as an important building block to achieve a sustainable livelihood from cocoa. We also believe this is a unique opportunity to create the necessary partnerships to ensure the long-term beneficial effect of the new pricing approach and look forward to collaborating with both governments to ensure no further deforestation will take place and human rights will be protected. A sector-wide strategy with coordinated actions by all stakeholders of the value chain is needed to catalyze the transformation of cocoa farming into modern, sustainable, and profitable businesses that provide sustainable livelihoods for cocoa growing families.”


Olam“Olam Cocoa is committed to improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and communities, and to preventing forest degradation. We share the ambition of the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to establish a pricing structure which guarantees a minimum price for cocoa farmers, and strengthens progress towards a sustainable cocoa supply chain that improves farmer livelihoods and protects forests. You can see more of what we’re doing to tackle farmer poverty and its associated ills, in our last Cocoa Sustainability Report – as of the end of last year we had nearly 230,000 cocoa farmers enrolled in programmes to support their livelihoods, including 43,000 new farmers in 2018.”


Uncommon Cacao: “At Uncommon Cacao, we believe farmer prosperity is a key ingredient in good chocolate. Transparent, sustainable prices for both farmers and exporters that cover costs of production are an important factor in enabling producers to earn at least a living income from their cacao farm. We support country- and context-specific export price floors, as long as they are tied to transparent farmgate price floors, are based on impartial research and cross-sector collaboration, and seek to improve farmer prosperity. We encourage all cacao market actors to always consider these prices as floors and never ceilings. The price floor announced by Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire and the Living Income Differential are key steps towards creating better outcomes for farmers and the industry, but we still see this as just the beginning. Cacao farmer prosperity depends on the commitment of producers, governments, intermediaries and chocolate companies to pay more for cacao and catalyze broader systems change.”


Tony’s Chocolonely: Tony’s Chocolonely exists to change the cocoa industry. Without paying a higher price, the chocolate industry will never solve issues in their supply chain and live up to their commitment in the Harkin Engel Protocol. Chocolate companies should be asked the simple question: How much profit are you willing to take, at the expense of a living income for farmers. Perpetuating extreme poverty, leads to modern slavery, illegal child labour and deforestation. It’s a matter of choice, as simple as that. Tony’s commits to more than just a minimum price. On top of the farmgate price and the Fairtrade premium, we pay an additional premium up to the living income reference price – the new industry benchmark. We pay this higher price as part of our 5 sourcing principles (higher price, strong farmers, productivity and diversification, long term commitments, 100% traceability). And we share our model, knowledge and network viawww.tonysopenchain.com. Tony’s Chocolonely exists to change the inequality in the system and we invite all others to join, cause only together we will make the whole chocolate industry 100% slavefree.

Florence Pradier, secrétaire générale du syndicat français du chocolat: « Nous sommes d’accord pour réduire la pauvreté des planteurs, mais si nous mettons la main à la poche, c’est pour s’assurer qu’au moins 70 % des 2 600 dollars la tonne promis aillent aux planteurs ». [Translation: We agree to reduce the poverty of the planters, but if we put our hands in our pockets, it is to ensure that at least 70% of the $ 2,600 a tonne promised goes to the planters.]


Cemoi:Of course we support minimum price !« Pour notre part, nous partageons l’avis des gouvernements de la Côte d’Ivoire et du Ghana selon lequel le prix du cacao est un facteur déterminant du revenu des planteurs. Nous partageons l’objectif d’une culture plus durable du cacao et soutenons la hausse des prix au planteur et cela va dans le sens de notre programme Transparence Cacao dont l’un des axes principaux est l’amélioration de la qualité de vie du planteur par une rémunération plus juste ».  [Translation: For our part, we share the opinion of the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana that the price of cocoa is a determining factor in the income of farmers. We share the goal of a more sustainable cocoa crop and support the increase of prices to the planter. This is in line with where our program is headed, called Transparency Cocoa, of which a main focus is improving the quality of life of planters with fairer remuneration.]


Image result for valrhona logoValhrona:Valrhona welcomes the commitment of the Ivorian and Ghanaian governments to improve farmers’ income through the establishment of a floor price. We are keen for this this initiative to feed into a wider goal to improve the lives of farmers and their families. However, as time is of the essence, we are also taking action directly. It was unacceptable to us, for example, that farmers would see their incomes slashed as a result of the sudden drop in price on the global market in 2016-17, which is why ever since 2017 we have established a minimum guaranteed farmgate price of 1100 FCFA for our producers in Côte d’Ivoire. This represents approximately 51% more than the minimum price guaranteed by the Ivorian state.  We continue to maintain all of our quality, traceability and community development premiums and to intensify our support to improve living conditions, access to education and training. This measure is a first step towards our goal to enable farming families to earn a living income in the 16 producing countries with which we have long-term partnerships. We continue our work to create a fair and sustainable cocoa sector and support any efforts towards achieving this. We as such welcome the Ivorian and Ghanaian governments initiative and look forward to future developments across the sector.”

Image result for sucden logoSucden: “Sucden strongly supports programs that result in cocoa farmers receiving a fair price for their cocoa and greater incomes for their efforts. We implement direct assistance to farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to achieve greater income from improved sustainable farming methods.

We have actively supported the implementation of the Living Income Differential initiative of the CCC and CMC by purchasing cocoa that includes the LID. We continue to support mechanisms that allow farmers a fair price and improve farmer incomes, while also preventing deforestation, forced and child labour.”


The Companies Behind the Burning of the Amazon

The burning of the Amazon and the darkening of skies from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, have captured the world’s conscience. Much of the blame for the fires has rightly fallen on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for directly encouraging the burning of forests and the seizure of Indigenous Peoples’ lands.

But the incentive for the destruction comes from large-scale international meat and soy animal feed companies like JBS and Cargill, and the global brands like Stop & Shop, Costco, McDonald’s, Walmart/Asda, and Sysco that buy from them and sell to the public. It is these companies that are creating the international demand that finances the fires and deforestation.

New maps and analysis from Mighty Earth, based on data from NASA, CONAB, and Imazon and released here for the first time, show which companies are most closely linked to the burning.

Read the full report, The Companies Behind the Burning of the Amazon in English, Spanish, Italian or French.

Take Action: Tell the companies responsible to stop financing this reckless environmental destruction.


Mighty Earth and NGO's urge the EU to end complicity in the Amazon Fires

Mighty Earth joined today a host of other civil society organizations, pleading the EU to step up to the plate and address its own complicity in current Amazon fires & deforestation crisis. We demanded that the European Commission work on EU regulation to end deforestation once and for all, in order to protect the lungs of the planet.

Our open letter to European heads of state speaks truth to power, affirms that the current destructive fires in Latin America are not natural, are destroying ecosystems and hurting indigenous peoples, that they are triggered largely by soy and beef industries, and that they are made possible by the new Brazilian government’s flawed policies. But most importantly, this communication to the top powers in Europe points out that Europe also bears key responsibility for the fires. European consumption and finance is intimately linked with the current deforestation and fire crisis in Brazil, Bolivia, and neighboring countries.

We are calling on the EU to suspend ratification of the Free Trade Agreement as is and to prepare legislation which will ensure companies and the finance sector do due diligence to guarantee that products placed on the EU market and investments have not led to recent forest degradation or deforestation or caused human rights abuses.

 Read the full letter here.

 


Looking at Opportunities for Sustainability in Rubber

Sustainable Natural Rubber- Pathways, Policies and Partnerships is being held from 24-26 September 2019 hosted by Rainforest Alliance, Mighty Earth, Einhorn Products, Prince of Songkla University, and Earth Net Foundation, Thailand. RSVP here!

Over a decade ago, when I started working with coconut farmers in Ban Krut, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Thailand to develop an organic coconut value chain, many of these farmers also grew rubber. Despite the work on organic coconut, there was no interest or discussion about sustainable or organic rubber. It didn't seem to merit any interest at the time, in part because rubber is not eaten, and also because it needs to be processed with chemicals to yield rubber-based products such as tires and wetsuits.

Today looks very different than 10 years ago. Many key business stakeholders are beginning to understand the need for sustainability in rubber and are adapting their sourcing policies to address this in their supply chains. The newly established Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber is evidence of this and has brought together the largest number of actors from this sector so far. However, end users outside of the tire industry as well as rubber farmers and tappers remain missing voices in the platform. There are other mechanisms today for sustainable rubber as well. Thai organic coconut farmers who also grow rubber can have their latex certified as part of the “Fair Rubber” initiative. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) has taken an early lead in sustainable rubber certification by actively working to engage market players.

These policies and platforms reflect a growing trend of leaders in sustainability looking deeper into their purchasing and supply chains—and this demand is coming from all sides. Consumers want to know more about the brands and products they choose: what it is, where it comes from, and the impact that it has on our planet and its people. Research shows that companies that demonstrate and communicate sustainability leadership in new areas have a clear market advantage, along with other benefits such as secure supply chain, engaged employees, and stakeholder confidence.

This growing interest in more sustainable agricultural and forestry supply chains represents a massive opportunity for positive impact on communities, local watersheds, biodiversity, and national economies. Across commodities, agriculture effects massive areas of land. For rubber alone, over 14 million hectares are cultivated, and there are millions of associated farmers and laborers.

Unless we can link investment in sustainable practices with demand from responsible markets, it is difficult to move toward sustainability or achieve certification. Farmers, particularly small-scale farmers, are on the economic edge, usually laden with substantial debts and facing the constant risks of poor yields and low prices, either of which could lead to failure and bankruptcy. Even without a significant shift in practices, achieving certification adds a cost in time, training, and resources. If major shifts in practices are also needed, this requires an even greater investment and effort.

Much of the initial focus has been on preventing additional deforestation, similar to efforts with oil palm, and these commitments are critically important. However, with low rubber prices in the market for several years now, pressure to clear more land for rubber has been reduced. As such, it is also critically important to look at the management of rubber lands and practices that support biodiversity, watershed and soil health, and carbon sequestration. This must be done alongside consideration of the economics of the supply chain and developing goals that ensure farmers realize financial stability and improved livelihoods through rubber cultivation, regardless of fluctuations in the market and price.

An interesting possibility for improving the ecology and economics of rubber cultivation for farmers lies in exploring how diversity and ecology can be brought back to the millions of hectares that have already been transformed to monoculture. Here we see a huge opportunity, as demonstrated in research from the Prince of Songkla University and the experience of many farmers in Thailand. Both show that rubber can be effectively grown in diverse agroforestry systems to deliver comparable latex yields and much better performance on ecological measures such as erosion, water sequestration, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and microclimate, while providing beneficial secondary yields of other commodities grown on the same land.  This should not be surprising at all, as the rubber tree’s (Hevea brasiliensis') native habitat is in the most diverse forests of the Amazon.

It is critical that we begin transforming the rubber sector and send signals from the market that there is a demand for sustainability managed rubber farms and latex. This is fundamental to the long-term viability of natural rubber overall, as it is apparent that rubber farmers, like many types of farmers, are an aging population. Many farmers do not want or expect any of their children to farm and tap rubber. This perspective is not overly surprising given the low returns and difficult work of rubber cultivation. In addition, the job of a rubber tapper is not always seen as reputable work. These factors can have a negative impact on the future supply of natural rubber, despite the expected growth in market demand for rubber. We have a massive opportunity to improve the livelihoods and labor conditions for rubber tappers, to introduce new methods of management and technologies to improve yields, and to make rubber tapping a more sought-after job.

In truth, we are just starting this exploration for natural rubber and many other solutions are still yet to be developed.   When the key actors and supporters of value chains from farmers to processors, from enterprises to final consumers, work together, and when government agencies and NGOs help facilitate the right environment and provide key support where needed, the potential for rapid and dramatic shifts towards sustainability or even the step beyond sustainability—to regeneration—is frankly amazing.

It is not clear where we will go, but in the next decade we can and will dramatically shift the natural rubber value chain and its impact on our planet to be far more sustainable. If you would like to join us in exploring this potential and discussing some of the solutions proposed at a multi-stakeholder dialogue taking place near some of the most interesting sustainable rubber farming innovation in Hat Yai, Thailand, please contact Margaret Kran-Annexstein ([email protected]).

Michael B. Commons,  Earth Net Foundation, Thailand

 


340+ organisations call on the EU to immediately halt trade negotiations with Brazil

In an open letter, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt free trade agreement negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) on the grounds of deteriorating human rights and environmental conditions in Brazil. The letter is addressed to presidents of the EU institutions ahead of the ministerial-level meeting next week in Brussels where EU and Mercosur foreign ministers aim to finalise the negotiations. 

Download the PDF version of the letter here.

German version of the letter (PDF) – French version of the letter – Spanish version – Portuguese version

” Dear President of the European Council, President of the European Commission, President of the European Parliament,

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, are writing to call on the European Union to use its influence to prevent a worsening human rights and environmental situation in Brazil.

In April, more than 600 European scientists and two Brazilian Indigenous organizations, representing 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups, called for the EU to act as a global leader in supporting human rights, human dignity and a habitable climate by making sustainability the cornerstone of its trade negotiations with Brazil. We fully support this call.

Bound by the Treaty of the European Union, the EU and its Member States vowed to respect and promote human rights as an overarching objective in its dealings with other countries. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has also clearly stated the need for new EU trade agreements to deliver sustainable development.

Since the inauguration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in January 2019, we have witnessed increased human rights violations, attacks on minorities, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ and other traditional communities. Moreover, the administration continues to threaten the basic democratic functioning of civil society while instigating a fundamental assault on some of the world’s most precious and ecologically valuable regions.

We are deeply concerned about the following:

  • Indigenous lands demarcation has been put under the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Ministry, paving the way for powerful cattle and soy agribusinesses to accelerate their sweep through the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical forest and the Cerrado, the world’s most biodiverse savannah. Though this controversial measure appears to have been temporarily reversed in May by the Brazilian Senate, President Bolsonaro may still veto it.
  • There has been a dramatic increase in attacks on Indigenous people, other traditional communities and their territories. In February, at least 14 protected Indigenous territories were reported to be under attack from invaders. In addition, the government abolished more than 35 national councils of social participation. Attacks on people defending their territories or natural resources are on the rise in rural Brazil, resulting in increasing deaths of community leaders, peasants and activists.
  • Bolsonaro’s campaign promise of “ending any form of activism” was implemented on his first day in office, empowering the government to “supervise, coordinate, monitor and observe the activities and actions of international agencies and non-governmental organisations within national territory.”
  • Both the Environment Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry are now led by deniers of global warming, leading to the abolishment of departments responsible for climate change. Even as Brazil remains a signatory to the Paris Agreement on climate change, it is becoming unlikely that the administration will take the necessary measures to implement the agreement.
  • Socio-environmental legislation and policies have been dramatically weakened during the first 100 days of the new government. The Forest Code has been undermined with new measures proposing the reduction of legal reserves and a more flexible deadline for land regularization by landgrabbers. In January 2019, deforestation in the Amazon reportedly rose by 54 percent compared to the same period in 2018.

Civil society actors, activists, peasants, workers and minorities face extreme dangers from the incendiary rhetoric of the Bolsonaro government and its supporters. This includes his labeling of members of grassroots movements like the Landless Workers Movement and the Movement of Homeless as “terrorists,” generating concerns that Brazil’s controversial anti-terrorist law will be used to criminalize social activists.

The EU is Brazil’s second-largest trading partner overall, second-largest importer of Brazilian soy and a major importer of Brazilian beef and other agricultural products. The EU, therefore, has a responsibility to address human rights and environmental injustices taking place in Brazil under the Bolsonaro government. It must use its leverage to support civil society, human rights and the environment.

The EU is in the midst of negotiating a far-reaching Mercosur trade deal that seeks to expand market access and trade between the two regions, including Brazil. It is imperative that the EU sends an unequivocal message to President Bolsonaro that the EU will refuse to negotiate a trade deal with Brazil until there is an end to human rights violations, strict measures to end further deforestation and concrete commitments to implement the Paris Agreement.

In the past, the EU has suspended trade preferences with countries involved in human rights violations, such as Myanmar and the Philippines. In addition, the EU has restricted imports of products whose production is related to human rights in the case of conflict minerals. It is time that the EU takes a similar, tough stance to prevent a deterioration of the human rights and environmental situation in Brazil.

We therefore call on you to:

  1. Immediately halt negotiations for an EU-Mercosur free trade agreement.
  2. Guarantee that no Brazilian products sold in the EU, nor the financial markets underpinning them, are leading to increases in deforestation, land grabbing of native lands or human rights violations.
  3. Demand confirmation, with material evidence, that the Brazilian government will fulfill its commitments as part of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
  4. Increase support for Brazilian civil society, including strengthening the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy and proactive consultations with Brazilian civil society organisations that address human rights and the democratic functioning of Brazilian civil society.
  5. Monitor and respond to human rights violations—including investigating cases since Bolsonaro’s election—and strengthen mechanisms to protect human rights defenders. For those most at risk, including Indigenous peoples and environmental defenders, the EU should provide direct and urgent support where required, including through political representations.

Sincerely,

ALBA Movimientos International
FIAN International International
foodwatch international International
GRAIN International
Greenpeace International
ISP Interamericas International
OMCT – World Organisation Against Torture International
Plataforma América Latina mejor sin TLC International
Alianza Biodiversidad International
PSI Public Service International Américas International
CIDSE – International family of Catholic social justice organisations Europe
Climate Alliance Europe
Corporate Europe Observatory Europe
ACT Alliance EU Europe
EU-LAT Network Europe
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European Environmental Bureau Europe
Fern Europe
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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Europe Europe
S2B network Europe
Slow Food Europe Europe
Acción por la Biodiversidad Argentina
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globalista Austria
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proge Union Austria
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Fundación Solón Bolivia
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AMAST RJ Brazil
AMAU (Articulação Metropolitana de Agricultura Urbana e Periurbana) Brazil
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Fórum Mudanças Climáticas E Justiça Social Brazil
Jubileu Sul Brasil Brazil
Justiça Global Brazil
Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra – MST Brazil
Movimento Urbano de Agroecologia – MUDA Brazil
OLMA – Observatório Nacional de Justiça Socioambiental Luciano Mendes de Almeida Brazil
Operação Amazônia Nativa Brazil
REBRİP- Rede Brasileira pela İntegração dos Povos Brazil
Rede Jubileu Sul Brazil
Slow Food Brasil Brazil
Tribunal Populr Brazil
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Plataforma Chile mejor sin TLC Chile
Coordinación social y política Marcha Patriótica Colombia
Marcha Patriotica Colombia
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Global Aktion Denmark
NOAH – Friends of the Earth Denmark
Verdens Skove Denmark
Oficina de Derechos de la Nauraleza Ecuador
Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local El Salvador
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tu France
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ARA e.V. Germany
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Brasiliennetzwerk Niedersachsen Germany
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FDCL – Center for Research and Documentation Chile-Latin America Germany
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Forum Ökologie & Papier Germany
GegenStrömung – CounterCurrent Germany
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La Junta Peru
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MAPA – Movimento de Acção Política Portugal
Palombar – Associação de Conservação da Natureza e do Património Rural Portugal
Parents For Future Portugal Portugal
plataforma algarve livre de petroleo Portugal
plataforma algarve livre de petroleo Portugal
Porto Sem OGM Portugal
Quercus, Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza Portugal
SOS Racismo Portugal Portugal
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Parents For Future Sweden Sweden
Bruno Manser Fund Switzerland
Centre for Developmet and Environment, University of Bern Switzerland
Pro Natura / Friends of the Earth Switzerland Switzerland
Solifonds Switzerland
Arisa The Netherlands
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Milieudefensie – Friends of the Earth Netherlands The Netherlands
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SOMO The Netherlands
Transnational Institute The Netherlands
Vrijschrift The Netherlands
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom dutch section The Netherlands
Banana Link United Kingdom
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Soy and Cattle: Report 4

Rapid Response Monitoring System

Soy and Cattle, Report 4 | August 2019 

Based on June 2019 alerts

Prepared with

VIew as PDF

This report presents 12 cases of deforestation alerts based on data from DETER (System for Monitoring Deforestation on Real Time) and PRODES (Program for Deforestation Calculation) observed between 27 May and 27 June 2019 in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes in Brazil. Deforestation alerts considered in this report were visually confirmed. Six alerts are in the Amazon biome (one of which is ongoing deforestation at a farm already featured in an earlier report), and six are in the Cerrado biome (of which four are ongoing deforestation at farms already featured in earlier reports). Three separate alerts that fall in São José farms are considered as one case, as they are in an area under a land tenure conflict between JJF Holding de Investimentos e Participações (owned by José Valter Dias) and Coaceral.















Cargill Nomeada “Pior Empresa no Mundo”

Cargill Nomeada “Pior Empresa no Mundo”

Novos relatórios documentam a “inépcia e incoerência em grande escala” da gigante do agronegócio sediada nos Estados Unidos

11 de julho de 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – A organização de campanhas ambientais Mighty Earth anunciou hoje que havia nomeado a Cargill, com sede em Minnesota, como a “pior empresa do mundo” devido a práticas comerciais inescrupulosas, destruição ambiental e insistência repetitiva em obstruir o progresso global em termos de sustentabilidade. O novo relatório da Mighty Earth, [“Cargill: The Worst Company in the World”] “Cargill: A pior empresa do mundo”, documenta décadas de atos falhos da empresa e destaca a necessidade de uma ação urgente.

“Nos meus 40 anos de carreira no Congresso, eu lidei com várias empresas que se envolveram em práticas abusivas,” Henry Waxman, ex-deputado e presidente da Mighty Earth, escreve no relatório. “Eu vi em primeira mão o impacto prejudicial de empresas que não trazem sua ética consigo ao trabalho. Mas a Cargill se destaca.”

“Como uma das maiores empresas do mundo, a Cargill tem a responsabilidade de lidar com seu impacto colossal,” o CEO da Mighty Earth, Glenn Hurowitz, disse. “A Mighty Earth realiza campanhas em todo o mundo para defender práticas empresariais sustentáveis, e a Cargill continuou vindo à tona quando nossos investigadores buscavam identificar os atores ruins. Quer estivéssemos trabalhando com óleo de dendê no Sudeste Asiático, com uma plantação de cacau na África Ocidental, ou com o cultivo de soja na América do Sul, a Cargill estava sempre presente, pronta para frustrar o progresso e impedir esforços conjuntos para conservação. Dada sua onipresença e obstinação, decidimos que era hora de dar uma olhada mais de perto no seu passado.”

 

Durante meses a Mighty Earth se envolveu em discussões com a Cargill, inclusive no nível de CEO, para tratar das conclusões do relatório e buscar soluções de longo prazo. A Mighty Earth tem servido como um mediador chave para outros setores – incluindo borracha, chocolate e óleo de dendê – assim que essas empresas buscaram melhorar seus padrões e impactos ambientais. No entanto, a Cargill recusou-se, [time and time again] repetidamente, a abordar substantivamente os problemas identificados pela Mighty Earth. Em vez disso, a Cargill continua priorizando desflorestadores em suas cadeias de suprimento em vez de priorizar o clima ou as demandas de sustentabilidade de seus clientes.

“Em comunicados de imprensa e declarações públicas, a gigante do agronegócio Cargill expressa frustração com o desmatamento, como se fosse algo externo sobre o qual ela não têm controle, como o mau tempo”, disse Hurowitz. “Mas o desmatamento não é algo que está acontecendo com a Cargill, é algo que a Cargill está fazendo.”

O novo relatório da Mighty Earth identifica a Ahold Delhaize – um gigante internacional de supermercados que é dona do Stop & Shop, Giant, Food Lion, Hannaford e muitas outras marcas – como um dos cliente-chaves da Cargill que poderia tomar medidas imediatas. A Ahold Delhaize, apesar de suas próprias promessas de sustentabilidade corporativa, recentemente iniciou uma nova instalação de embalagem de carne em Rhode Island através de um consórcio com a Cargill.

“É importante que a Ahold Delhaize e outros clientes da Cargill estabeleçam novos padrões de fornecimento que eliminem o desmatamento de suas cadeias de suprimentos. Eles têm o poder de forçar a mão da Cargill, mas a contínua falta de ação faz com que eles sejam cúmplices da má conduta da Cargill ”, disse Mat Jacobson, o Diretor Sênior de Florestas da Mighty Earth. “A Cargill só conseguiu se comportar mal por tanto tempo porque não é uma marca voltada para o consumidor. Mas se as pessoas soubessem que a comida que recebem no McDonald’s, Stop & Shop ou Target estava destruindo as florestas tropicais ou que havia sido produzida com escravidão infantil, elas ficariam chocadas ”.

O lançamento do relatório inovador da Mighty Earth dá início a uma longa e multimilionária campanha que enquadra a Cargill e seus clientes. A campanha vai pressionar a gigante do agronegócio a eliminar o desmatamento e os abusos dos direitos humanos de sua cadeia de fornecimento. Para lançar a campanha, ativistas e aliados locais da Mighty Earth, incluindo a Minnesota Clean Water Action, premiaram a Cargill com condecoração duvidosa através de um comício fora da sede da Cargill em Minnesota, no qual ela premiou a empresa com um cartaz de “polegares para baixo”.

Sobre o relatório

Principais descobertas:

  • A Cargill está posicionada para causar mais danos aos frágeis ecossistemas do Brasil, aproveitando a reversão do presidente Bolsonaro de passadas proteções ambientais vitais. Em 2014, a Cargill prometeu acabar com o desmatamento de todas as mercadorias de sua cadeia de fornecimento até 2020. Com apenas um ano, a Cargill continuou a incentivar o desmatamento, permaneceu um dos piores atores no cenário mundial e agora está preparada para abraçar o futuro de uma era Bolsonaro onde vale tudo nas florestas brasileiras.
  • Em novembro de 2017, a Cargill foi multada em US$ 10 milhões pela Commodity Futures Trading Commission por anos de relatórios deliberadamente incorretos sobre seus valores comerciais – com valores incorretos em até 90% – a fim de fraudar tanto o governo quanto seus próprios parceiros comerciais. Em outubro de 2018, David Dines, executivo da Cargill responsável por essas violações, foi promovido a diretor financeiro.
  • Os povos indígenas que dependem das florestas tiveram suas terras invadidas pelas plantações de soja ligadas à Cargill no Brasil. Eles foram forçados a sair de suas terras tradicionais e sofreram aumentos acentuados em índices de câncer, defeitos congênitos, abortos e outras doenças ligadas a pesticidas e herbicidas usados ​​para cultivar soja – frequentemente pulverizados por aviões diretamente acima da cabeça.
  • A Cargill é uma das dez maiores poluidoras da indústria alimentícia dos EUA no que diz respeito a mais de uma dúzia de poluentes, incluindo formaldeído, chumbo, amianto, cianeto de hidrogênio e mercúrio.

Os recursos de foto e vídeo relacionados ao relatório e as operações da Cargill em diferentes mercadorias estão disponíveis para mídia.

Contato: Alex Armstrong, [email protected]


Cargill zum „schlimmsten Unternehmen der Welt“ ernannt

Cargill zum „schlimmsten Unternehmen der Welt“ ernannt

Ein neuer Bericht dokumentiert die „umfassende Untauglichkeit und Inkohärenz“ des US-Agrarriesen.

  1. Juli 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. – Die Umweltorganisation Mighty Earth verkündete heute, dass sie das in Minnesota ansässige Unternehmen Cargill wegen seiner skrupellosen Geschäftspraktiken, seines umweltzerstörerischen Verhaltens und seiner hartnäckigen Behinderung der globalen Fortschritte in Bezug auf Nachhaltigkeit zum „schlimmsten Unternehmen der Welt“ ernannt hat. Der neue Bericht von Mighty Earth, [“Cargill: The Worst Company in the World”] „Cargill: Das schlimmste Unternehmen der Welt“, dokumentiert die Untaten des Unternehmens über Jahrzehnte hinweg und betont den dringenden Handlungsbedarf.

„In meiner 40-jährigen Karriere im US-Kongress habe ich es mit einer Reihe von Unternehmen aufgenommen, die Missbrauch praktizierten,“ schreibt der ehemalige Abgeordnete und Vorsitzende von Mighty Earth, Henry Waxman, in dem Bericht.

„Ich habe mit eigenen Augen gesehen, welche schädlichen Auswirkungen Unternehmen haben, die die Ethik außen vor lassen. Doch Cargill sticht unter all diesen Unternehmen heraus.”

„Als eines der weltweit größten Unternehmen muss Cargill die Verantwortung für die überdimensionalen Auswirkungen, die es verursacht, übernehmen,“ erklärte der Mighty Earth-CEO, Glenn Hurowitz. „Mighty Earth setzt sich in Kampagnen rund um den Globus für nachhaltige Geschäftspraktiken ein. Dabei kam der Name Cargill immer wieder zur Sprache, wenn unsere Ermittlungen Untäter identifizierten – ob bei unserer Arbeit mit Palmöl in Südostasien, dem Kakaoanbau im westlichen Afrika oder dem Sojaanbau in Südamerika, Cargill war überall mit dabei und stets bereit, Fortschritte zu vereiteln und gemeinsame Naturschutzbestrebungen zu erschweren. Angesichts der Allgegenwärtigkeit und Starrsinnigkeit des Unternehmens entschieden wir, dessen zwiespältige Vergangenheit unter die Lupe zu nehmen.“

Monatelang führte Mighty Earth Gespräche mit Cargill, selbst auf CEO-Ebene, um die Ergebnisse des Berichts aufzugreifen und nach langfristigen Lösungen zu suchen. Mighty Earth hat in vielen anderen Bereichen – einschließlich Kautschuk, Schokolade und Palmöl – als Wegbereiter agiert, als Unternehmen dieser Branchen an der Verbesserung ihrer Umweltstandards und deren Auswirkungen arbeiteten. Cargill hat sich jedoch wieder und wieder geweigert, die von Mighty Earth identifizierten Probleme in bedeutender Weise anzugehen. Stattdessen stellt Cargill weiterhin die Entwaldungsunternehmen in seiner Lieferkette über das Klima oder die Nachhaltigkeitsforderungen seiner Kunden.

„In Pressemitteilungen und öffentlichen Stellungnahmen erklärt der Agrarriese Cargill seine Frustration über die Entwaldung, als handle es sich dabei um eine Externalität, über die das Unternehmen keine Kontrolle hat, etwa wie schlechtes Wetter,“ so Hurowitz. „Aber die Entwaldung wird Cargill nicht angetan, sondern sie wird von Cargill verübt.“

Der neue Bericht von Mighty Earth identifiziert Ahold Delhaize – einen internationalen Supermarktriesen und Eigentümer von Stop & Shop, Giant, Food Lion, Hannaford und vielen anderen Marken – als einen der wichtigsten Kunden von Cargill, der unmittelbare Maßnahmen ergreifen könnte. Trotz der eigenen Versprechen zur Unternehmensnachhaltigkeit, begann Ahold Delhaize vor kurzem in einem Joint Venture mit Cargill den Bau eines neuen Fleischverpackungswerks in Rhode Island.

„Es ist wichtig, dass Ahold Delhaize und andere Cargill-Kunden neue Beschaffungsstandards setzen, die die Entwaldung aus ihren Lieferketten eliminieren. Sie haben die Macht, Cargill in Zugzwang zu bringen – ihre andauernde Tatenlosigkeit macht sie jedoch zu Mitschuldigen an Cargills Vergehen,“ erklärte der Senior Director for Forests bei Mighty Earth, Mat Jacobson. „Cargill ist mit seinem schädlichen Verhalten bislang nur deshalb davongekommen, weil es als Marke nicht direkt mit Verbrauchern in Kontakt kommt. Doch wenn die Menschen wüssten, dass die Lebensmittel, die sie bei McDonald’s oder in Stop & Shop und Target kaufen, die Regenwälder zerstören oder mithilfe von Kindersklaverei hergestellt wurden, wären sie schockiert.“

Die Veröffentlichung des bahnbrechenden Berichts von Mighty Earth ist der Start einer mehrere Millionen Dollar schweren und mehrere Jahre umfassenden Kampagne gegen Cargill und dessen Kunden, die den Agrarriesen auffordert, die Entwaldung und Menschenrechtsverletzungen aus seiner Lieferkette zu eliminieren. Zum Kampagnenstart zeichneten lokale Aktivisten von Mighty Earth und deren Verbündete, einschließlich der Clean Water Action von Minnesota, Cargill für seine zweifelhafte Ehre im Rahmen einer Kundgebung vor dem Cargill-Hauptquartier in Minnesota mit einer „Daumen runter“-Plakette aus.

 

Über den Bericht

Die wichtigsten Ergebnisse:

  • Cargill ist bereit, an empfindlichen Ökosystemen in Brasilien noch mehr verheerenden Schaden anzurichten und macht sich dabei die Zurücknahme von grundlegenden Umweltschutzregelungen durch Präsident Bolsonaro zunutze. 2014 versprach Cargill, bis 2020 die Entwaldung für alle Rohstoffe in seiner Lieferkette zu beenden. Ein Jahr vor diesem Termin schafft Cargill weiterhin Anreize für die Entwaldung und bleibt damit einer der schlimmsten Akteure auf der Weltbühne. Nun steht das Unternehmen kurz davor, den Beginn einer von Bolsonaro eingeläuteten Ära der Anarchie in den Wäldern Brasiliens auszunutzen.
  • Im November 2017 wurde Cargill von der Commodity Futures Trading Commission mit einer Geldstrafe in Höhe von 10 Millionen US-Dollar belegt, nachdem es jahrelang falsche Angaben zu den eigenen Handelswerten gemacht hatte – und zwar um bis zu 90 Prozent –, mit der Absicht sowohl die Regierung als auch seine Handelspartner zu betrügen. Im Oktober 2018 wurde der für diese Vergehen verantwortliche Direktor bei Cargill, David Dines, zum Chief Financial Officer befördert.
  • Mit Cargill verbundene Sojaplantagen in Brasilien nehmen Land ein, das indigenen Völkern gehört, die von den Wäldern abhängig sind. Sie werden von ihrem traditionellen Land vertrieben und erfahren einen starken Anstieg an Krebserkrankungen, Geburtsfehlern, Fehlgeburten und andern Krankheiten, die mit im Sojaanbau eingesetzten, häufig von Flugzeugen direkt über ihren Köpfen versprühten, Pestiziden und Herbiziden in Verbindung gebracht werden.
  • In der US-Lebensmittelindustrie ist Cargill mit mehr als einem Dutzend Umweltschadstoffe, einschließlich Formaldehyd, Blei, Asbest, Blausäure und Quecksilber, in den Top Ten der Umweltverschmutzer.

Fotos und Videoinhalte zu dem Bericht und zu Cargills Operationen in Verbindung mit verschiedenen Rohstoffen stehen für die Presse zur Verfügung.

Kontakt: Alex Armstrong, [email protected]


Cargill genaamd tot "Slechtste Bedrijf ter Wereld"

Cargill genaamd tot "Slechtste Bedrijf ter Wereld"

Nieuw rapport documenteert de “onbekwaamheid en incoherentie op grote schaal” van de in de VS gevestigde reus uit de agrosector.

11 juli 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Milieucampagne-organisatie Mighty Earth kondigde vandaag aan dat het Cargill uit Minnesota heeft uitgeroepen tot het “Slechtste Bedrijf ter Wereld” vanwege zijn gewetenloze handelspraktijken, vernietiging van het milieu en herhaalde inzet voor het belemmeren van wereldwijde vooruitgang op het gebied van duurzaamheid. Het nieuwe rapport van Mighty Earth, “Cargill: Het Slechtste Bedrijf ter Wereld“, documenteert tientallen jaren van slechte daden door het bedrijf en onderstreept de noodzaak van dringende actie.

“In mijn 40-jarige carrière in het Congres heb ik het opgenomen tegen tal van bedrijven die zich schuldig hadden gemaakt aan diverse misbruiken,” schrijft voormalig Congreslid en Mighty Earth-voorzitter Henry Waxman in het rapport. “Ik heb uit de eerste hand de schadelijke gevolgen gezien van bedrijven die tijdens hun werkzaamheden geen ruimte hebben voor ethiek. Maar Cargill is daarbij wel zeer opvallend.”

“Als een van de grootste bedrijven ter wereld heeft Cargill een verantwoordelijkheid om zijn buitenmaatse invloed onder ogen te zien,” aldus Glenn Hurowitz, de CEO van Mighty Earth. “Mighty Earth voert campagnes over de hele wereld om te pleiten voor duurzame bedrijfspraktijken, en Cargill bleef overal opduiken toen onze onderzoeken ‘slechte spelers’ aan het licht brachten. Of we nu werkten aan palmolie in Zuidoost-Azië, aan de cacaoteelt in West-Afrika of aan de sojateelt in Zuid-Amerika, Cargill stond altijd klaar om de vooruitgang te dwarsbomen en gezamenlijke inspanningen voor het natuurbehoud te belemmeren. Gezien hun alomtegenwoordigheid en halsstarrigheid, besloten we dat het tijd was om hun dubieuze verleden eens onder de loep te nemen.”

Maandenlang heeft Mighty Earth gesprekken gevoerd met Cargill, ook op het CEO-niveau, om de bevindingen van het rapport te bespreken en naar oplossingen voor de lange termijn te zoeken. Mighty Earth heeft gediend als een belangrijke organisator voor andere sectoren, waaronder rubber, chocolade en palmolie, toen die bedrijven probeerden hun milieunormen en gevolgen voor het milieu te verbeteren. Cargill heeft echter geweigerd, telkens en telkens opnieuw, om de problemen die Mighty Earth identificeerde inhoudelijk aan te pakken. In plaats daarvan blijft Cargill voorrang geven aan de ontbossers in zijn toeleveringsketens, boven het klimaat of de roep om duurzaamheid van hun klanten.

“In persberichten en openbare uitspraken presenteert de agrogigant Cargill zichzelf als gefrustreerd door ontbossing, alsof het een of andere externe factor is waar ze geen controle over hebben, zoals slecht weer,” aldus Hurowitz. “Maar ontbossing is niet iets wat Cargill overkomt, het is iets wat Cargill zelf doet.”

In het nieuwe rapport van Mighty Earth wordt Ahold Delhaize, een internationale supermarktgigant die eigenaar is van Stop & Shop, Giant, Food Lion, Hannaford en vele andere merken, geïdentificeerd als een belangrijke klant van Cargill die onmiddellijk actie zou kunnen ondernemen. Ahold Delhaize heeft ondanks zijn eigen beloften op het vlak van duurzaamheid onlangs een nieuwe vleesverpakkingsfabriek geopend in Rhode Island, als een joint venture met Cargill.

“Het is belangrijk voor Ahold Delhaize en andere klanten van Cargill om nieuwe inkoopnormen te bepalen die de ontbossing elimineren uit hun toeleveringsketens. Ze hebben de macht om de hand van Cargill te dwingen, maar hun voortdurende inactiviteit maakt hen medeplichtig aan het misdrijf van Cargill,” aldus Mat Jacobson, de Mighty Earth senior directeur voor bossen. “Cargill heeft alleen maar zo lang kunnen wegkomen met zijn slechte gedrag, omdat het geen merk is dat op de consument gericht is. Maar als mensen wisten dat het voedsel dat ze bij McDonald’s, Stop & Shop of Target krijgen, de regenwouden vernietigt of met kinderslavernij is geproduceerd, zouden ze geschokt zijn.”

De publicatie van het baanbrekende rapport van Mighty Earth vormt het startschot voor een meerjarige campagne van meerdere miljoenen dollars, die is gericht op Cargill en zijn klanten en die er bij de reus uit de agrosector op zal aandringen om ontbossing en schendingen van de mensenrechten te elimineren uit zijn toeleveringsketen. Om de campagne te lanceren, betoonden lokale activisten en bondgenoten van Mighty Earth, waaronder Minnesota Clean Water Action, Cargill eer voor zijn twijfelachtige onderscheiding met een rally buiten het hoofdkantoor van Cargill in Minnesota, waarbij het bedrijf een “duim omlaag”-plakkaat ontving.

Over het rapport

Belangrijkste bevindingen:

  • Cargill staat op het punt om nog meer schade toe te brengen aan kwetsbare ecosystemen in Brazilië, door te profiteren van het feit dat president Bolsonaro cruciale voorschriften op het gebied van milieubescherming heeft teruggedraaid. In 2014 heeft Cargill beloofd om tegen 2020 de ontbossing te beëindigen voor alle goederen in zijn toeleveringsketen. Met nog maar een jaar te gaan is Cargill de ontbossing blijven stimuleren, is het een van de slechtste spelers op het wereldtoneel gebleven en staat nu op het punt om het begin van een Bolsonaro-tijdperk zonder enige voorschriften in de bossen van Brazilië te omarmen.
  • In november 2017 werd Cargill door de Commodity Futures Trading Commission een boete van 10 miljoen dollar opgelegd voor het jarenlange opzettelijk onjuist rapporteren van zijn handelswaarden (tot wel 90 procent) om daarmee zowel de overheid als zijn handelspartners te bedriegen. In oktober 2018 ontving David Dines, de Cargill-directeur die verantwoordelijk was voor deze schendingen, een promotie tot Chief Financial Officer.
  • Het land van inheemse volken die afhankelijk zijn van bossen is aangetast door met Cargill verbonden sojaplantages in Brazilië. Ze zijn van hun traditionele land verdreven en ervaren een sterke toename van kanker, geboorteafwijkingen, miskramen en andere ziekten die verband houden met pesticiden en herbiciden die worden gebruikt om soja te verbouwen, welke vaak worden gesproeid door vliegtuigen die rechtstreeks boven hun hoofd vliegen.
  • Cargill is een van de top tien grootste vervuilers in de Amerikaanse voedingsmiddelenindustrie voor meer dan een dozijn verontreinigende stoffen, waaronder formaldehyde, lood, asbest, waterstofcyanide en kwik.

Er zijn foto- en videomiddelen met betrekking tot het rapport en de activiteiten van Cargill voor verschillende grondstoffen beschikbaar voor de media.

Contact: Alex Armstrong, [email protected]


Cargill nommée « la pire entreprise au monde »

Cargill nommée « la pire entreprise au monde »

Un nouveau rapport documente « l’incompétence et l’incohérence à grande échelle » du géant américain de l’agroalimentaire..

Le 11 juillet 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – L’organisation de la campagne pour l’environnement Mighty Earth a annoncée aujourd’hui qu’elle avait désigné Cargill, basée au Minnesota, comme la « pire entreprise au monde » en raison de ses pratiques commerciales sans scrupules, de sa destruction de l’environnement et de son opposition continuelle contre les progrès mondiaux en matière de la protection de l’environnent et des ressources naturelles. Le nouveau rapport de Mighty Earth, Lien : Cargill: The Worst Company in the World documente des décennies d’inconduites de la part de la société et souligne la nécessité d’une action urgente.

« Au cours de mes 40 années de carrière au Congrès, j’ai confronté diverses entreprises qui se livraient à des pratiques abusives », écrit Henry Waxman, ancien membre du Congrès et président de Mighty Earth. « J’ai pu constater directement l’impact néfaste des entreprises qui n’apportaient pas leur code d’éthique et de conduite au travail. Mais Cargill se démarque. »

« En tant qu’une des plus grandes entreprises au monde, Cargill a la responsabilité de faire face à son impact démesuré, » a déclaré Glenn Hurowitz, P.D.G de Mighty Earth. « Mighty Earth mène des campagnes dans le monde entier pour plaider en faveur de pratiques commerciales respectueuses de l’environnent et le nom de Cargill n’a pas cessé de se manifester lorsque nos enquêtes ont identifié les mauvais acteurs. Que nous travaillions sur l’huile de palme en Asie du Sud-Est, la culture du cacao en Afrique de l’Ouest ou la culture du soja en Amérique du Sud, Cargill était toujours là, prête à contrecarrer les progrès et à entraver les efforts conjoints de conservation. Étant donné leur omniprésence et leur obstination, nous avons décidé qu’il était temps de regarder de près, leur passé douteux.

Depuis des mois, Mighty Earth a engagé des discussions avec Cargill, y compris au niveau du P.D.G, afin d’examiner les conclusions du rapport et de chercher des solutions à long terme. Mighty Earth a été l’organisateur principal dans d’autres secteurs – y compris le caoutchouc, le chocolat et l’huile de palme – dans la mesure où ses entreprises ont cherché à améliorer leurs normes et leurs impacts environnementaux. Cependant, Cargill a refusé, à plusieurs reprises, de résoudre concrètement les problèmes identifiés par Mighty Earth. Au lieu de cela, Cargill continue de donner priorité aux responsables de la déforestation de ses chaînes d’approvisionnement au lieu de donner priorité au climat ou aux exigences environnementales de leurs clients.

« Dans les communiqués de presse et les déclarations publiques, le géant de l’agroalimentaire Cargill se présente comme frustré par la déforestation, comme s’il s’agissait d’une cause externe sur laquelle il n’avait aucun contrôle, comme le mauvais temps », a déclaré Hurowitz. « Mais la déforestation n’est pas quelque chose qui arrive à Cargill, mais quelque chose que Cargill fait à l’environnement. »

Le nouveau rapport de Mighty Earth identifie Ahold Delhaize, un géant international des supermarchés et propriétaire de Stop – Shop, Giant, Food Lion, Hannaford et de nombreuses autres marques – comme un client clé de Cargill qui pourrait prendre des mesures immédiates. Ahold Delhaize, en dépit de ses propres engagements en matière de protection de l’environnement, a récemment ouvert le chemin à une nouvelle usine d’emballage de viande situé à Rhode Island en coentreprise avec Cargill.

« Il est important pour Ahold Delhaize et d’autres clients de Cargill d’établir de nouvelles normes d’approvisionnement qui éliminent la déforestation de leurs chaînes d’approvisionnement. Ils peuvent forcer la main de Cargill, mais l’inaction continue les rend complices des méfaits de Cargill », a déclaré Mat Jacobson, directeur principal du secteur des Forets à Mighty Earth. « Cargill ne s’en est tiré avec son mauvais comportement depuis longtemps que parce que ce n’est pas une marque qui négocie auprès du consommateur. Mais si les consommateurs savaient que leur nourriture achetée chez McDonald’s, Stop et Shop, ou Target détruisait les forêts tropicales ou avait été produite au prix de l’esclavage des enfants, ils seraient choqués.

La publication de ce rapport historique de Mighty Earth donne le coup d’envoi à une campagne pluriannuelle de plusieurs millions de dollars ciblant Cargill et ses clients qui exhorteront le géant de l’agroalimentaire à éliminer la déforestation et les atteintes aux droits humains de sa chaîne d’approvisionnement. Pour lancer la campagne, les activistes locaux de Mighty Earth et leurs alliés, y compris Clean Water Action du Minnesota, ont honoré Cargill de cette distinction douteuse lors d’un rassemblement devant le siège de Cargill dans le Minnesota au cours duquel elle a décerné à l’entreprise une plaque avec « pouces vers le bas ». 

À propos du rapport

Principales constatations :

  • Cargill est sur le point de faire encore des ravages sur les écosystèmes fragiles du Brésil, en profitant de la réduction des protections environnementales vitales par le président Bolsonaro. En 2014, Cargill s’est engagée à mettre fin à la déforestation dans sa chaîne d’approvisionnement pour tous ses produits d’ici 2020. Cependant, avec seulement un an restant, Cargill continue d’encourager la déforestation et reste l’un des pires acteurs sur la scène mondiale et est maintenant prêt à embrasser l’aube de l’ère-Bolsonaro avec la libre exploitation des forêts du Brésil.
  • En novembre 2017, Cargill a été condamnée à une amende de 10 millions de dollars par l’Organe de contrôle et de régulation des marchés financiers américains (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) pour les années de fausses déclarations délibérée en matière de ses valeurs commerciales—jusqu’à 90 pour cent—afin de frauder le gouvernement et ses partenaires commerciaux. En octobre 2018, David Dines, le directeur de Cargill et responsable de ces violations, a été promu au poste de directeur financier.
  • Au Brésil, les plantations de soja liées à Cargill ont envahi les terres des peuples autochtones tributaires des forêts. Ils ont été forcés de quitter leurs terres natives et ont connu une forte augmentation de cancers, de malformations congénitales, de fausses couches et d’autres maladies liées aux pesticides et aux herbicides souvent pulvérisés directement par avion et utilisés pour la culture du soja.
  • Cargill est l’un des dix principaux pollueurs de l’industrie alimentaire américaine pour plus d’une douzaine de polluants, y compris le formaldéhyde, le plomb, l’amiante, le cyanure d’hydrogène et le mercure.

Les ressources photographiques et vidéo relatives au rapport et aux activités de Cargill sur différents produits sont disponibles pour les médias.

Contact : Alex Armstrong, [email protected]


Cargill nombrada “La peor empresa del mundo”

Cargill nombrada “La peor empresa del mundo”

Un nuevo informe documenta la “ineptitud e incoherencia a gran escala del gigante de los agronegocios de EE. UU.”.

11 de julio de 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – La organización de la campaña ambiental Mighty Earth anunció hoy que nombró a Cargill, con sede en Minnesota, como la “peor empresa del mundo” debido a sus prácticas comerciales inescrupulosas, la destrucción del medio ambiente y la insistencia reiterada en obstaculizar el progreso global en materia de sostenibilidad. El nuevo informe de Mighty Earth, [“Cargill: The Worst Company in the World”] (Cargill: La peor empresa del mundo), documenta décadas de malas prácticas cometidas por la compañía y destaca la necesidad de tomar medidas urgentes.

“En mi carrera de 40 años en el Congreso, asumí el mando de una serie de compañías que llevaban a cabo prácticas abusivas”, escribió en el informe el ex congresista y presidente de Mighty Earth, Henry Waxman. “He visto de primera mano el impacto dañino de las empresas que no llevan su ética al trabajo. Pero Cargill se destaca”.

“Como una de las empresas más grandes del mundo, Cargill tiene la responsabilidad de abordar su gran impacto”, dijo el CEO de Mighty Earth, Glenn Hurowitz. “Mighty Earth realiza campañas en todo el mundo para abogar por prácticas comerciales sostenibles, y Cargill nunca dejó de aparecer en nuestras investigaciones cuando identificamos a los malos actores. Ya sea que trabajáramos en el aceite de palma en el sudeste asiático, en el cultivo de cacao en África occidental o en el cultivo de soja en América del Sur, Cargill siempre estaba allí, listo para impedir el progreso e impedir los esfuerzos conjuntos de conservación. Dada su ubicuidad y obstinación, decidimos que era hora de analizar con más detenimiento su cuestionable pasado”.

Durante meses, Mighty Earth ha mantenido conversaciones con Cargill, incluso a nivel de CEO, para abordar los hallazgos del informe y buscar soluciones a largo plazo. Mighty Earth ha servido como un coordinador clave para otros sectores, como el caucho, el chocolate y el aceite de palma, ya que esas compañías buscaron mejorar sus estándares e impactos ambientales. Sin embargo, Cargill se ha negado una y otra vez a abordar de manera profunda los problemas que identificó Mighty Earth. En cambio, Cargill continúa dando prioridad a los deforestadores en sus cadenas de suministro sobre el clima o las demandas de sostenibilidad de sus clientes.

“En comunicados de prensa y declaraciones públicas, el gigante de los agronegocios Cargill se presenta como frustrado por la deforestación, como si fuera un factor externo sobre el que no tiene control, como el mal tiempo”, dijo Hurowitz. “Pero la deforestación no es algo que le esté sucediendo a Cargill, es algo que Cargill está haciendo”.

El nuevo informe de Mighty Earth identifica a Ahold Delhaize, un gigante internacional de supermercados que posee Stop & Shop, Giant, Food Lion, Hannaford y muchas otras marcas, como un cliente clave de Cargill que podría tomar medidas de inmediato. Ahold Delhaize, a pesar de sus propios compromisos de sostenibilidad corporativa, recientemente inició una nueva instalación de envasado de carne en Rhode Island como una empresa conjunta con Cargill.

“Es importante para Ahold Delhaize y otros clientes de Cargill establecer nuevos estándares de abastecimiento que eliminen la deforestación de sus cadenas de suministro. Tienen el poder de de obligar a Cargill, pero la inacción continua los hace cómplices de las infracciones de Cargill”, dijo el Director Senior de Bosques de Mighty Earth, Mat Jacobson. “Cargill ha logrado salirse con la suya con su mal comportamiento durante tanto tiempo porque no es una marca orientada al consumidor. Pero si la gente supiera que la comida que compran en McDonald’s, Stop & Shop o Target está destruyendo las selvas tropicales o que fue producida con la esclavitud infantil, se escandalizaría”.

La publicación del revolucionario informe de Mighty Earth da inicio a una campaña multimillonaria que llevará varios años dirigida a Cargill y sus clientes, y que instará al gigante de los agronegocios a eliminar la deforestación y los abusos de los derechos humanos de su cadena de suministro. Para lanzar la campaña, los activistas locales de Mighty Earth y sus aliados, entre ellos, Minnesota Clean Water Action, honraron a Cargill por su dudoso mérito con un acto frente a la sede de Cargill en Minnesota, en el que le otorgó a la empresa un cartel de “desaprobación”.

Sobre el informe

Descubrimientos importantes:

  • Cargill está a punto de causar más estragos en los ecosistemas frágiles de Brasil, aprovechando la reducción de las protecciones ambientales vitales del presidente Bolsonaro. En 2014, Cargill se comprometió a poner fin a la deforestación de todos los productos básicos en su cadena de suministro para 2020. A tan solo un año de esa fecha, Cargill ha continuado incentivando la deforestación, sigue siendo uno de los peores actores en el escenario mundial y ahora se prepara para aprovechar el comienzo de una etapa de libertad para todos en los bosques de Brasil, impuesta por Bolsonaro.
  • En noviembre de 2017, Cargill recibió una multa de $10 millones por parte de la Comisión de Comercio de Futuros de Productos Básicos (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) por años de informar erróneamente sus valores comerciales (hasta en un 90 por ciento) para estafar al gobierno y sus socios comerciales. En octubre de 2018, David Dines, el ejecutivo de Cargill responsable de estas infracciones, fue ascendido a Director Financiero.
  • En Brasil, los pueblos indígenas que dependen de los bosques han visto sus tierras invadidas por las plantaciones de soja vinculadas a Cargill. Han sido obligados a abandonar sus tierras tradicionales y han sufrido fuertes aumentos en los índices de cáncer, malformaciones congénitas, abortos espontáneos y otras enfermedades relacionadas con los pesticidas y herbicidas que se utilizan para cultivar soja y que a menudo son pulverizados por aviones directamente sobre sus cabezas.
  • Cargill es uno de los diez principales contaminadores de la industria de alimentos de EE. UU. ya que utiliza más de una decena de contaminantes, incluidos el formaldehído, el plomo, el asbesto, el cianuro de hidrógeno y el mercurio.

Las fotos y los videos relacionados con el informe y las operaciones de Cargill en diferentes productos están disponibles para los medios.

Contacto: Alex Armstrong, [email protected]


Mighty Earth responds to the Fires in the Amazon

As the Amazon continues to burn at a record rate, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz released the following statement:

“People around the world are battling despair and a sense of helplessness, wondering what can be done to address this ongoing disaster. The answer is to hold people accountable and immediately remove the market incentives that promote this reckless environmental destruction.

“The people who started many of these fires did so in support of Bolsonaro’s policies to develop the Amazon, but they also clear forests because they know that companies will still buy their ill-gotten goods. Major food companies like Stop & Shop and McDonald’s are willing to look the other way while the Amazon burns.

“No more. It’s time for companies like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Ahold Delhaize – which owns Stop & Shop as well as Hannaford, Food Lion, Pea Pod and Giant supermarkets – to halt contracts with companies that have major ties to Brazilian agribusiness, like Cargill and JBS, until the situation is remedied.”

*Photo credit: Fire burns in Brazilian forest (2017, Jim Wickens/Ecostorm).Brazil’s space agency says a record number of fires like these are burning


International Orangutan Day: Meet the Most Endangered Great Ape

Happy International Orangutan Day! Did you know that the rarest, most recently discovered great ape – the Tapanuli orangutan – is in danger of extinction?

Deep in the forested mountains of Sumatra, scientists identified a new species of great ape in 2017 – the Tapanuli orangutan. It was the first time since 1929 that a new species of great ape had been identified. But from the moment of discovery, the Tapanuli became the most endangered great ape in the world, with only 800 individuals left. The primary threat to their survival comes from a planned $1.6 billion hydroelectric power plant and dam project that will irreparably fragment their habitat.

Mighty Earth and our allies in Indonesia are fighting to protect the Tapanuli. We are asking Indonesian President Joko Widodo to cancel the dam project and explore alternative sources of renewable energy in the area.

We must act before the dam project permanently disrupts the habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan and contributes to the first extinction of a great ape – our closest cousins in the animal kingdom – in all our recorded history.

This International Orangutan Day, join Mighty Earth in our fight to protect the Tapanuli orangutan and sign the petition to Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

5 Facts about the Tapanuli orangutan:

  1. The Tapanuli orangutan was discovered in 2017, and is the third species of orangutan, having been separated from Bornean and Sumatran orangutans for 10,000-20,000 years.
  2. Only 800 individuals remain, making the Tapanuli the most endangered great ape.
  3. The remaining Tapanuli orangutans are divided into three populations in the Batang Toru forest; only the largest of these populations (~500 individuals) is still considered viable.
  4. The Tapanuli orangutan has a smaller head than other orangutan species
  5. The long, high-pitch call of the male Tapanuli orangutan is a mix between the calls of the males in Borneo (short, high-pitched) and Sumatra (long, low-pitched). It also lasts longer and is delivered with more pulses at a higher rate.

 

Male orangutans of each species: 1. Bornean, 2. Sumatran, 3. Tapanuli. Photo credit: Tim Laman/Creative Commons, via New England Primate Conservancy

Restoration & Reparations: Reforming the world’s largest rubber company

August 2019

Report documents social and environmental problems found at the Hévécam rubber plantation in southern Cameroon, which is owned by Halcyon Agri, “the world’s leading rubber franchise.” Download


A Dialogue With Halcyon -- Encouraging Change in the Rubber Industry

A Dialogue With Halcyon -- Encouraging Change in the Rubber Industry

By Etelle Higonnet 

The world of rubber has been changing at an incredible pace.

Change starts at the bottom. In the last two years, one major tire company after another has agreed to transition from destructive practices that trash the planet to a new path towards deforestation-free rubber. The tire revolution has inspired some courageous action from a few car companies who have begun embracing deforestation-free rubber as well. Since tires account for more than 2/3 of the world’s rubber demand, these reforms have, in turn, influenced major supplier companies from Asia to Africa to take notice as the industry shifts around them.

Encouraged by this progress and eager to accelerate its spread, Mighty Earth decided to investigate the supply chain of the world’s biggest rubber supplier, Halcyon — which controls 12 percent of the planet’s rubber. Positive change from this company could be key to transforming the broader industry. It was an opportunity too good to ignore. And so, drawing from my experience in the country and in corporate negotiations to promote human rights and stop forest destruction, I began to plan a visit to Cameroon. Halcyon is a major player there – the third largest employer in the country, Halcyon controls two massive plantations called Sudcam and Hevecam which, together, make up the biggest rubber concession in the world.

Upon arrival, I was immediately met by our local partner, Victorien, from the organization Appui pour la Protection de l’Environnement et le Développement (APED), the leading local NGO working in the region where Halcyon has one of its gigantic rubber plantations, Hevecam. Diving straight into work, Victorien and I finished hammering out a detailed plan to investigate a number of communities that were affected by deforestation for rubber in and around Hevecam.

We wanted to hear the whole story, and aimed to talk with communities that had been recently affected as well as those that experienced land grabbing and abuses as many as four decades ago. We were also trying to ensure an even balance of indigenous and non-indigenous communities so that everybody’s voice would be reflected in our investigation.

Upon arrival at each community – whether we had traveled by well-paved highways, bumpy back roads, or hiked on forest trails to get there – we faced a similar refrain: a litany of abuses, often with the same core messages. “We are being poisoned,” they told us. “Help us get clean water. Our forests are gone. Everything we used to live off of is poisoned, dead, gone. What will we do now?” As we continued in our interviews we learned of ongoing extensive deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and destruction of culturally significant indigenous land at the hands of Hevecam.

In this bleakness, though, one ray of hope emerged: communities reported that in the last two years, Hevecam had become slightly more receptive to their grievances. As we began asking around, it became clear that Halcyon was open to positive dialogue. Here, then, was our opportunity to act.

Two months later, I returned to Cameroon with a draft report to share with key stakeholders. We wanted to ensure that we were uplifting the voices of local stakeholders, accurately portraying their concerns, and emphasizing the right problems and proposed solutions. With the help of Victorien, as well as Cameroon’s Goldman Prize winner and NGO leader Samuel Nguiffo, we sought feedback from a platform of 50 local NGOs working to curb deforestation, called the Plateforme Forets et Communautes. The next day, we gathered in the offices of Greenpeace Cameroon to meet with our hosts and indigenous leaders from different parts of the country. These leaders came together to share their experiences, advise us on how to improve our report, and shed light on what our work should emphasize going forward. Their courage, dynamism, and constructive spirit made this day of consultation a tremendous success.

The next morning, at the crack of dawn, Victorien and I drove from Yaounde to Douala with Armelle, a colleague of Samuel’s from the organization Centre pour l’Environnement et de Développement (CED), to meet with Halcyon representatives and start our negotiations. After two days, it turned out to be one of the most positive and encouraging corporate engagement meetings that I have ever experienced.

The corporate executives were open minded, thoughtful, well-informed, and fully willing to engage. In addition to finalizing the report based on feedback we had received from civil society, NGOs, indigenous leaders, and the company itself, we were also able to respectfully and collaboratively hammer out an agreement on next steps to address past environmental and social harms.

You can see the resulting agreement here.

From beginning to end, this experience reinforced the importance of trusting in the multifaceted expertise and professionalism of local NGOs as well as the invaluable knowledge of the affected indigenous leaders. It illustrated the importance of clear, honest, and open dialogue with corporations and the value of finding corporate interlocutors who are truly open to meaningful change.

Mighty Earth hosted a special Facebook Live event, ‘Convening Truth to Power: Cleaning Up the Rubber Supply Chain‘ where I discussed the power of investigations, working with local communities to speak truth to power, and the importance of this accomplishment in light of the current state of rubber sustainability.

Mighty Earth was honored to help highlight existing problems and to reach such a positive outcome by working with companies, NGOs and other stakeholders towards a solution. We’re hopeful this journey will help put rubber and tire companies on the right path, as they help realign an entire industry to protect forests, farmers, and regular folks.


Dialogue avec Halcyon -- Encourager le changement dans l'industrie du caoutchouc

Dialogue avec Halcyon -- Encourager le changement dans l'industrie du caoutchouc 

By Etelle Higonnet 

The world of rubber  é evolved e  at an impressive rate. 

Often, the change  comes from below . Over the last two years,  major tire manufacturers, one after the other, have agreed to abandon destructive practices for the planet towards a rubber without deforestation. This revolution of the tire inspired courageous actions from quelq ues automakers who set  them  also to adopt without deforestation rubber. As tires account for more than two-thirds of global rubber demand, these reforms have in turn prompted major suppliers, from Asia to  Africa, to take into account developments in this sector. 

Encouraged by this progress and eager to accelerate its  spread , Mighty  Earth  is investigating the supply chain of Halcyon, the world’s largest supplier of rubber, which alone controls 12 percent of the world’s rubber. the planet. A positive change from this company could be the key to a reconversion of the whole  sector The opportunity was too good not to seize it. Thus , based on my experience in the country and in negotiations with business to promote human rights and stop the destruction of forests, I began planning a visit to Cameroon. The third largest employer in the country, this company  controls two large plantations, Sudcam and Hévécam which  together form the largest rubber concession in the world. 

When I arrived, I was greeted by our local partner, Victorien, a member of APED, the main local NGO working in the region where Halcyon owns Hévécam, one of  his huge rubber plantations. We  immediately  got to work. Together, we  developed  a detailed plan for a survey of a number of communities affected by deforestation for rubber, on the Hevecam plan and in the surrounding area.  

We wanted to hear  the story  from A to Z . That is why we wanted to talk with communities recently affected by deforestation ,  but also with those who were victims of land grabbing and abuse more than forty years ago. We have also striven to strike a balance between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities so that everyone’s voice is taken into account in our inquiry. 

  Whether we used well-paved roads, rugged secondary roads or forest trails to get into these communities,  we  heard the same chorus every time . A litany of abuse,  accompanied by the same messages  : ” We are poisoned Help us get clean water. Our forests are gone. Tu s  our livelihoods have been poisoned, died, have disappeared. What are we going to do now ?  By continuing our discussions, we learned  that Hevecam continued to clear large-scale land, impoverish biodiversity and destroy indigenous lands of first- rate cultural  significance    

But in this dark picture, a ray of hope  is emerging  on the horizon : the common Autes have indicated that over the past two years, had become HEVECAM e  a little more receptive to their  grievances .  As the  interviews progressed, it became clear that Halcyon had been open to a positive dialogue. This is where  we have to act .  

D them months later , I e  was  returned  to Cameroon  with a draft report  that I wanted to share  with key stakeholders. We wanted to make sure that the voices of local stakeholders were heard, to accurately represent their concerns and to focus on the relevant issues and proposed solutions. With the help of Victorian and Samuel  Nguiffo , winner  Goldman Prize  of Cameroon e Director  of an NGO, we solicited feedback from a platform 50 local NGOs  fighting  against deforestation, Forest and Community Platform . The next day, we gathered in the offices of Greenpeace Cameroon to meet our guests and indigenous leaders from different parts of the country. These leaders  shared  their experiences, we  have  helped  am im prove our report and we  have informed  this on what our work should focus in the future. G hanks to their courage, dynamism and constructive spirit , c ette consultation day was a huge success  

 The next day, at dawn, Victorian and I drove from Yaoundé to Douala, with Armelle, a colleague of Samuel of the organization Center for Environment and Development (CED),  to  meet , for two days,  the Halcyon representatives and begin our negotiations. Today I can say that it his meeting  corporate commitment s was found to be one of the  most positive and  d are more encouraging than  I have ever  had.   

The company’s leaders  have been  open-minded, thoughtful, knowledgeable and fully committed. In addition to finalizing the report  thanks to the  observations of civil society, NGOs, indigenous leaders and the company itself, we were also able to conclude, with respect and collaboration, an agreement on next  steps to address past environmental and social harms.  

You can read here the resulting agreement.  

From beginning to end, this experience reinforced our belief in the importance of the multifaceted expertise and professionalism of local NGOs, as well as the invaluable knowledge of the Aboriginal leaders involved. She demonstrated  the importance of establishing  a clear dialogue, honest and open with business, and  to e  find interlocutors  open to a  real change    

Mighty  Earth  had the honor of contributing to highlight  existing problems and to get a result  very  positive  thanks to the collaboration of  companies,  of GOs and  d are other stakeholders . Together ,  we worked  to  find a solution . We are  fully  confident that this trip will help put companies caoutcho uc and tire on track,  everything  as they contribute to redirect  an entire sector of the industry to protect forests, farmers and citizens . 


The new green bond may address one-third of deforestation in the Brazilian Cerrado

Written by Ashley Song

Deforestation in Brazil reached a record high in May of this year, and it’s possible that 2019 will be one of the worst years for deforestation within the country. Agricultural expansion — especially for soybean production and cattle grazing — is the leading cause of this environmental destruction, threatening the well-being of local communities, endangering wildlife, and contributing to climate change. In response to this devastation, the world’s first financial vehicle to offer green bonds for sustainable soy production was launched on July 4 at London Climate Week.

The goal of the green bond is to drive large-scale environmental change by providing low-interest credit lines to Brazilian soy and corn farmers who commit to avoiding deforestation. The bond aims to transfer $1 billion to more than one thousand medium-sized farmers (those operating one to six thousand hectares of land) within the next four years. If this new financial tool succeeds in changing on-farm practices, it could save 1 million hectares and eliminate 250 million tons of CO2.

Our Soy and Cattle Rapid Response program, developed in partnership with Aidenvironment, is monitoring native vegetation clearance across the Brazilian Cerrado, the world’s most biodiverse savannah. Each report highlights a selection of recent cases of clearance, prioritized based on known value chain links. In our first three reports, released in June and July, 36 farms cleared a total of 45,802 hectares. Of these properties, more than 40 percent were medium-sized and therefore qualified to benefit from the green bond. However, these farms accounted for just one-third of the native vegetation clearance included in our reports, while large farms were responsible for nearly all the rest.

Although large farms are responsible for an overall higher total of clearance, we found that medium farms are deforesting greater proportions of their properties.Whether or not the green bond is able to effectively address this higher rate of clearance among medium-sized farmers is an open question.