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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]


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 . 


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Photo Credits:

  1. Cover: Sasin School of Management
  2. Inside Front Cover: Jim Wickens / Ecostorm
  3. Page 3: Mighty Earth
  4. Page 5: Aerovista Luchtfotografie / Shutterstock.com
  5. Page 6: Mighty Earth
  6. Page 7: Simon Mayer
  7. Page 8: Protesters: Mighty Earth; Sizzler sign: Jeremy Brooks; fish kill: Mighty Earth; Packaged meat in supermarket: US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  8. Page 9: Big Mac: t-mizo; fish kill: Soibe / WikiMedia Commons
  9. Page 10 Palm oil nuts: Mighty Earth; shaking hands: Best Picko; dead fish: Natasha C. Dunn; Uzbek woman picking cotton: Maximum Exposure PR; dead fish: Rafael Saldaña
  10. Page 11: Supermarket meat shelves: USDA; Safeway exterior: Mike Mozart; River in Oklahoma: Toni Klemm / Flickr
  11. Page 12: Pork processing plant: USDA; Cargill Beef Plant: Bidgee / WikiMedia Commons; Brimbob: AWG97 / WikiMedia Commons; Food Safety Inspection Service inspector: USDA
  12. Page 13: Department of Labor Sign: Matt Popovich; Congreso Nacional Argentino: Agustingagliardone / WikiMedia Commons; Meat in supermarket shelves: USDA; chains and bars: Niran Phonruang
  13. Page 14: CFTC Sign: Mark Van Scyoc; Indonesian child harvesting palm fruit: Wakx / Flickr
  14. Page 15: Packaged ground beef: Hailey Godburn / KOMU News; Beardstown, Illinois fish kill: Environmental Integrity Project
  15. Page 16: Amy Duchelle / Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  16. Page 17: Mighty Earth
  17. Page 18: Aulia Erlangga / CIFOR
  18. Page 19: Frans Harren
  19. Page 20: Neil Palmer / International Center for Tropical Agrigulture via CIFOR
  20. Page 21: Marco Simola / CIFOR
  21. Page 22: Mighty Earth
  22. Page 23: Rainforest: Nanang Sujana / CIFOR; MacLennan: Adrees Latif / Reuters
  23. Page 24: Mighty Earth
  24. Page 25: Jim Wickens / Ecostorm
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A Timeline of Bad Behavior - Citations

That Cargill would make a grand commitment and then ignore it shouldn’t be a big surprise.

From having their membership in the Chicago Board of Trade suspended shortly after incorporating for trying to corner the market on corn and artificially drive up its price, to being responsible for the distribution of  more than 150,000 pounds of contaminated beef to supermarkets just last year

— Cargill has a long and sordid history of duplicity, deception and destruction. Just the past two de- cades provide dozens of examples.

Deadly Listeria Outbreak:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4950a1.htm

http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/s/00/cargill.html

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/cargills-contaminated-history/

 

50,000 fish killed:

http://www.brainerddispatch.com/business/3435856-ex-cargill-manager-sentenced-five-months-prison-river-waste-dumping-case 

 

Fecal Contamination:

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2008/06/16/91023.htm

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/07/wisconsin-sizzler-vindicated-in-state-supreme-court/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2001/04/09/an-outbreak-waiting-to-happen/11f105c7-fb06-45b5-ac26-3b5379f62bde/?utm_term=.7666207c4d82

 

Salmonella outbreak:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5125a1.htm

http://outbreakdatabase.com/details/2002-multistate-outbreak-of-salmonella-newport-linked-to-emmpakcargill-ground-beef/?outbreak=cargill&year=2002

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/cargills-contaminated-history/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1033682927966591873

 

Quote from Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter:

www.globalresearch.ca/cargill-key-player-in-global-food-crisis/8980

 

15 to 50 times the limit:

http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue2/2001/06/23/223516-mill-owner-to-pay-7-7m-apologize-about-emissions/

https://azdailysun.com/kingman-steel-mill-to-pay-fine-in-air-pollution-case/article_0101f775-1131-532a-bf01-fc903c28377f.html

 

A quarter of a million pounder:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/frame-redirect?url=https://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/recalls/rnrfiles/rnr031-2001.htm

https://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/10/us/national-briefing-washington-hamburger-recalled.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=932C13D67A462EF2EBA4F49B41990B46&gwt=pay

http://www.safetyalerts.com/s/012/empck.html

 

Union-Busting:

https://www.dln.com/cr/index2003/april%2009,%202003.pdf

 

More than 60 million gallons of toxic waste:

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2005-07-07/news/SWMOSAIC07_1_polk-county-hillsborough-county-water

https://www.enn.com/articles/13626-fertilizer-manufacturer-dumps-damaging-water-into-tampa,-fla.,-creek

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2004/9/8/49380/-

https://www.iatp.org/news/cargill-repairs-dike-breached-by-storm

 

Price Fixing Corn Syrup:

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-mar-12-fi-cargill12-story.html

 

Forced child labor:

https://laborrights.org/releases/human-rights-watchdog-and-civil-rights-firm-sue-nestle-adm-cargill-using-forced-child-labor

 

Uzbeki Slavery:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2005/mar/15/ethicalbusiness.money

http://www.cottoncampaign.org/uploads/3/9/4/7/39474145/2005_ejf_whitegold.pdf

 

More dead fish:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2007/11/07/cargill-to-pay-fine-for-toxic-brine-spill/

Penalties/Fines:

https://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/parent/cargill

Systematic Violations:

https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2005/08/29/daily38.html

 

Poultry waste:

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2005/06/14/55947.htm

 

Coli Recalls 845,000 Pounds of Beef:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/fsis-archives-content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archives/ct_index857

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/cargills-contaminated-history/

 

Salmonella in 15 States:

http://outbreakdatabase.com/details/2009-multistate-outbreak-of-salmonella-newport-linked-to-beef-packers-inc.-cargill-ground-beef/?outbreak=cargill

                                                                                                                                               

20,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Contaminated:

https://www.emaxhealth.com/1506/75/34713/cargill-continues-struggle-ground-beef-safety-issues.html

 

Coli Down Under:

https://archive.is/20110714063659/http://www.meatinternational.com/news/slaughtering/australia-cargill-exports-beef-tracking-system-at-abattoir-id1329.html

https://www.farminguk.com/news/australia-cargill-lose-export-license-_14719.html

 

…And more E. Coli:

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/business/03beef.html?_r=3&partner=rss&emc=rss

https://www.syracuse.com/news/2010/08/pennsylvania_company_recalls_g.html

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/sites/default/files/cargill_a_threat_to_food_and_farming.pdf

 

Intimidating Villagers in Indonesia:

https://www.upi.com/Energy-News/2011/08/30/Cargill-tied-to-violence-in-Sumatra/61171314711081/

https://www.ran.org/the-understory/cargill_exposed_a_trail_of_human_rights_abuses/

https://www.somo.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SOMO-report-The-two-hats-of-public-security-actors-Indonesia.pdf

https://corpwatch.org/article/green-deserts-palm-oil-conflict

https://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/19181

https://www.academia.edu/36951457/Human_Rights_Abuses_and_Land_Conflicts_in_the_PT_Asiatic_Persada_Concession_in_Jambi_Report_of_an_Independent_Investigation_into_Land_Disputes_and_Forced_Evictions_in_a_Palm_Oil_Estate

 

40 Cases of Salmonella in 8 States:

http://outbreakdatabase.com/reports/2012_Cargill_Samonella_Outbreak,_CDC_Update,_August_6,_2012.pdf

 

181 Cases of Salmonella Across 37 States:

https://www.pewtrusts.org/-/media/legacy/uploadedfiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/reports/produce_safety_project/groundturkeyfinalpdf.pdf

 

Systematic Gender and Racial Discrimination:

https://5newsonline.com/2014/01/22/cargill-pays-out-2-2-million-after-discrimination-claims-in-springdale/

 

Tax Evasion:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2011/jun/01/argentina-accuses-grain-traders-tax-evasion

 

OSHA Citation:

https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region5/11192012

 

Palm Oil from Child and Slave Labor:

http://www.schusterinstituteinvestigations.org/slavery-palm-oil-plantations-indonesia

 

Illegal Land Grabbing in Colombia:

http://www.facing-finance.org/en/database/cases/cargill-landgrabbing-in-colombia/

 

Child Labor, Land Grabbing and Deforestation in SE Asia:

https://www.ran.org/press-releases/report-child-labor-land-grabbing-and-deforestation-rampant-across-palm-oil-giant-klk_s-operations/

 

Concealing Huge Markups:

http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2017/11/7/cftc-fines-cargill-10-million-for-hiding-trade-costs.html

 

Child Slavery Lawsuit Moves Forward:

https://www.courthousenews.com/chocolatiers-face-tough-slog-in-slave-labor-appeal/

 

Lagoon Breach Fish Kill:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-pig-farms-pollution-cargill-met-20160802-story.html

 

E Coli Outbreak Across Nation:

http://fortune.com/2018/09/20/ground-beef-recalled-e-coli/

 

Price Fixing for Road Salt in Ohio:

https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Media/News-Releases/March-2012/Attorney-General-DeWine-Files-Antitrust-Complaint

https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Briefing-Room/News-Releases/Antitrust/2015-06-03-Cargill-Morton-Settlement-Agreement-wit.aspx

 


Rapid Response Palm Oil

Palm Oil


Mighty Earth’s Rapid Response monitoring system currently monitors more than 3500 oil palm concessions in Indonesia and Malaysia, covering about 21 million hectares, an area more than twice the size of Portugal. Trader performance on grievance handling is presented below.

Performance as of December 18, 2019; click on company logo for more details on grievances.

Links to traders’ grievance logs and information here.

Reports


Dozens of Iowa-Based Groups and More than 91,000 People Ask Presidential Candidates to Reject Failed Biofuels Policy

Through both in-person and digital deliveries today, all of the 2020 presidential candidates are hearing from more than 50 Iowa-based groups and leaders and more than 91,000 people concerned about the damage that our nation’s biofuels addiction is causing the environment.

“Unfortunately, both parties are largely blind to the catastrophic consequences of embracing biofuels,” said Rose Garr, campaign director at Mighty Earth. “At a time when our planet is already facing a climate crisis, our biofuels policies are increasing carbon emissions and destroying millions of acres of prairies, wetlands, and forests.”

The petition, which was organized by environmental organization Mighty Earth and includes more than 3,000 Iowan signatories, notes: “Over the past decade, the surge in production of food-based biofuels has been a disaster for the environment and climate. Increased corn and soy production for ethanol and biodiesel have led to the widespread loss of wildlife habitat, water pollution, and increased climate pollution as native ecosystems in the Midwest and abroad are destroyed for new crop production. These biofuels, which are as dirty as fossil fuels, or worse, have no place in a clean energy economy.”

“We’re seeing a groundswell of grassroots support here in Iowa — it’s clear that concerns about ethanol have been on people’s minds for quite a while,” said Anya Fetcher, lead organizer in Iowa City. “More than 85 people came out to our forum in Iowa City last Wednesday, ready to learn, discuss, and collaborate on this effort. People have been feeling frustrated and helpless, because Big Ag often seems impossible to fight. But the goals of this campaign are tangible and attainable, with a strategy and tactics that people can understand and be a part of. That’s exciting!”

Fifty-six Iowa-based groups also called on the candidates to support energy and land policies that reduce biofuel crop production and shift the state to increased land conservation and clean energy generation.

“We’re calling on the next president to embrace real solutions to climate change, including a reduction in the use of food-based biofuels, an increased focus on truly clean energy, and programs to compensate landowners for providing carbon sinks and natural habitat,” said Garr. “Far from the corn-at-all-costs caricature that Big Ag and the Beltway pundits would have you believe, the voters of Iowa know that smart, responsible climate action is necessary. And they will be looking for someone to lead on this issue.”

For the past three years, Mighty Earth has championed pro-environment reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates increasing biofuel consumption through 2022. In January, Mighty Earth’s activists in Iowa launched a new effort to educate political leaders and policymakers and explain why food-based biofuels are not a viable solution to climate change.


Batang Toru

Batang Toru Dam

A Tapanuli orangutan. Photo: Andrew Walmsley

A new article in Mongabay exposes in breathtaking detail the dire threat that the Tapanuli orangutan now faces. Identified as a unique species in 2017, the discovery of the Tapanuli stunned the scientific community and drew international headlines. This announcement marked the first time since the 1920s that a new species of great ape had been found. The Tapanuli is one of just eight great apes on the planet — including humans. It now faces an existential threat, as the Bank of China and an overlapping maze of Indonesian and Chinese entities aim to build a dam that would permanently fragment its habitat.

The Tapanuli orangutan has a total population of just 800 — far lower than any other great ape species. They are found exclusively in the Batang Toru forest, on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. The Tapanuli are already under siege from a dizzying array of threats. Poaching, habitat loss, and climate change are all pushing them to the brink. The Batang Toru dam would permanently bisect their territory, impeding each Tapanuli orangutan’s potential to find a mate and lessening their ability to sustain the level of genetic diversity needed to remain viable.

National Geographic aptly summarized the dire situation: “The world’s rarest great ape, discovered only in 2017, will not survive the building of a $1.6 billion hydroelectric power plant and dam in the middle of its remaining habitat in Sumatra, Indonesia, wildlife experts warn.”

In all recorded human history, no great ape has been made extinct. If the Batang Toru dam is built, that will no longer be true.

 

 

This Planet Story shows the hydrodam’s progress from June 2017-February 2019, including forest clearance, establishment of spoil pits, and road development for access. Credit: James Askew

At Mighty Earth, we are asking Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, to cancel the dam project. You can view the letter we sent to President Jokowi in English and Bahasa

We are also calling on the Bank of China to de-fund the dam and on other Chinese and Indonesian entities to pull out of the project, including Sinohydro and the Dharmawangsa Group. Each has the power to withdraw its financing and protect the Tapanuli.

The Tapanuli is one of humanity’s closest relatives, and we now have only a small window left before it’s too late to save them.


Koukoutamba Dam

Koukoutamba Dam

The Moyen-Bafing dam could kill up to 1,500 Guinean chimpanzees

In 2018, Guinea made a bold commitment to set aside over 6,000 square kilometers of its most rugged, pristine, and biologically diverse territory. Inspiring a surge of celebration from scientists and conservationists around the world, Guinea committed to creating the Moyen-Bafing National Park, which is poised to become one of Africa’s premiere natural places and a heaven for one of the planet’s largest populations of western chimpanzees.

The park now faces an immediate and dire threat, as Sinohydro is on the cusp of building the Koukoutamba dam, which would wipe out thousands of western chimpanzees.

The dam would regularly cause flooding throughout an area twice the size of San Francisco. Rebecca Kormos, a primatologist who has spent decades studying the region, said in a recent interview with The Guardian that if the dam is built “it would have the biggest impact a development project has had on chimpanzees, ever.”

If built, the Koukoutamba dam would kill up to 1,500 western chimpanzees — one-twelfth of the national population. The species’ numbers have fallen by 80 percent in the last two decades and is now listed as “critically endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

At Mighty Earth, we are campaigning to stop reckless energy projects, save wildlife and prevent destructive development in our planet’s most majestic national parks. We are calling on Sinohydro to immediately cancel its plans to build the Koukoutamba dam.


Rapid Response Success Stories

Rapid Response Success Stories

Success Stories

Mighty Earth’s Rapid Response monitoring system is leading to faster interventions by palm oil traders to address cases of deforestation and peatland development. 

Rapid Response has incentivized palm oil traders to secure moratoria on further plantation development, publish new grievance protocols and track grievances, engage with non-compliant suppliers to bring them into compliance, and suspend non-responsive suppliers from their supply chains. Since launching Rapid Response, there has been universal adoption of public grievance tracking by every trader we have communicated with about the project.

Our work has had an impact on reducing deforestation in supply chains and driven greater transparency for grievance documentation and resolution by traders. Mighty’s Rapid Response program has contributed to securing moratoriums on any further land clearing from twelve groups–BEST Group, Double Dynasty Group, Eagle High Plantations, Felda Global Ventures, Genting Plantations Bhd, Incasi Raya Group, NPC Resources Bhd, NT Corp, QL Resources Bhd, Ta Ann Group, TH Plantations Bhd, and Instant Star Holdings (IJM)–and NDPE policies (including moratoriums on any further land clearing)  from five groups–Austindo Nusantara Jaya, BLD Plantation Bhd, KPN (formally known as GAMA), Samuel International Group, and Bunga. Our results at the group level stem from the fact that our work has incentivized palm buyers to suspend noncompliant groups from their supply chains more than two hundred and sixty times.

To illustrate our results, here are a number of recent success stories where intervention by traders resulted in stopping deforestation. While halting clearing is an important first step, we urge every palm oil company to adopt and become fully compliant with No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation (NDPE) policies. These include adopting a Group-level NDPE policy that requires them to adhere to the High Carbon Stock Approach methodology and implementing recovery plans to remediate the impacts of past non-compliance. 

Success Story: Bunga

As detailed in Rapid Response Report 32, the group Bunga was found to be clearing forest in the concession Value Greenworld Sdn Bhd in Kelantan, Malaysia. Mighty reported that between November 2019 and October 2020, an estimated 255 hectares of forest were cleared.

Grievances were filed with 16 traders including ADM, Bunge, Sime Darby, and Wilmar, the biofuel company Neste, and 17 consumer brands including Hershey, Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, and PepsiCo.

As a result of trader engagement, Bunga announced the full adoption of an NDPE policy. Bunga has pledged to conserve HCS and HCV areas, respect native land rights, and increase transparency in its supply chain.

 

Success Story:  Instant Star Holdings Sdn Bhd & IJM Plantations

In Rapid Response Report 30, Mighty found evidence that 112 hectares of forest were cleared in the Aspirasi Kristal (M) Sdn Bhd concessions (areas A & B) between July 2019 and July 2020. Mighty filed grievances with 13 palm traders, 16 consumer brands, and a biofuel company.

In response, IJM Plantations, which lists Aspirasi Kristal plantations as a direct supplier, provided Mighty Earth with published evidence of a newly adopted NDPE policy and ensured that Aspirasi Kristal agreed to the NDPE commitment. In conjunction with IJM’s NDPE commitment,  Instant Star Holdings–the majority shareholder (66.34%) of Aspirasi Kristal plantations–pledged to a group wide moratorium on any further development without proper peer-reviewed HCV/HCS assessments.

Success Story:  Tabung Haji Plantations

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

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

Success Story: Gama Group

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

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

Additional Suspensions

Engagement efforts by a number of traders has also led to the suspension of non-compliant suppliers from their supply chains when the supplier refuses to halt the ongoing clearance and adopt a group level NDPE policy.  More than 260 individual supplier suspensions are linked to Rapid Response cases. This has significantly reduced the market access for many rogue plantation groups and suppliers. As a result of our outreach to the palm oil industry, a number of the worst companies have been permanently suspended by major palm oil traders with NDPE policies.

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About Rapid Response

About Rapid Response

In recent years, many of the world’s largest food and agriculture companies have adopted ‘No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation’ (NDPE) policies, committing to intervene when suppliers engage in deforestation and peatland development. Simultaneously, satellite monitoring data has become more sophisticated and affordable, making it possible for companies and governments to detect and respond to deforestation incidents faster than ever. Still, some palm oil buyers have failed to consistently monitor supplier concessions for deforestation.

In 2017, Mighty Earth – supported by MapHubs, Aidenvironment and Planet – launched our Rapid Response monitoring system to ensure palm buyers remain accountable to their commitments. Our system tracks deforestation and new peatland development across over 3,000 oil palm concessions in Indonesia and Malaysia. The total area currently monitored covers around 21 ~million~ hectares, or 208,000 square kilometers, an area more than twice the size of Portugal. In 2019, Mighty expanded the program to monitor the expansion of soy plantations and cattle farms in Latin America, specifically within the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado biomes.

Palm Oil

The Rapid Response monitoring program utilizes state-of-the-art RAdar for Detecting Deforestation (RADD) alerts from Wageningen University and Global Land Analysis & Discovery (GLAD) tree cover loss alerts from the University of Maryland to identify recent potential incidents of deforestation and/or peatland development. Next, our team confirms alerts with the most recent high-quality images generated by Planet’s nano satellites.  Finally, we conduct primary research to identify supply chain and financial links between the plantations and the world’s largest agricultural buyers. The team also considers cases brought to Mighty Earth’s attention via partners and independent research. 

To date, the Rapid Response program has identified deforestation and peatland development in oil palm concessions in Papua, West Papua, Sumatra, and Kalimantan in Indonesia, as well as Sarawak in Malaysia. These cases have been linked to dozens of companies and their parent groups.

GLAD Alerts Detected within Medium Density Forest in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

When we find a case with policy violation and clear supply chain linkages, our team publishes the evidence in our monthly Rapid Response reports. We also send reports directly to implicated palm oil traders, ensuring the companies are immediately aware of policy violations and can take swift action to halt incidents before they grow into large-scale events.

Land Clearing Detected in the PT Tandan Sawita Papua Concession in Mighty’s Rapid Response Report 34

Mighty Earth’s work has secured results most effectively with companies that have a public and transparent grievance tracking process, including a log of filed grievances and progress updates. Thus, we strongly urge all palm oil traders to invest in improving transparency for both the supply chain as well as grievance tracking. Mighty’s own Trader Tracker keeps a history of how seriously companies respond to incidents.

Visit our Palm Oil Success Stories page to learn more about the impact of our work.

Soy and Cattle

Mighty Earth also monitors large-scale cases of deforestation and native vegetation conversion in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado. Clearance is detected using satellite imagery, connected to the supply chains of the largest soy traders and meatpackers in Brazil, and documented in our Soy and Cattle Tracker. Because of their financial relationships with producers and influence over market access, soy traders and meatpackers play a critical role in ensuring soy and cattle supply chains are deforestation and conversion-free.

Cases are selected using satellite-based deforestation alert systems, including the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research’s DETER system as well as World Resources Institute’s GLAD (Global Land Analysis & Discovery) alerts to detect native vegetation clearance in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado biomes. All cases are visually confirmed using higher resolution imagery of the property to illustrate conversion of the land. The cases are selected on a regular basis, typically monthly. For each time period, the entirety of deforestation alerts are filtered to the top five municipalities with the most hectares of clearance in both the Amazon and Cerrado. From there, we select between 10-15 properties with the most clearance and the most evident supply chain links to the major soy traders and meatpackers. The intent of the analysis is to focus on the most egregious cases of deforestation with the strongest supply chain links; thus the system does not necessarily report on all clearance in the study area. Occasionally, we also include egregious cases that occur outside of these municipalities and publish special reports (such as our fires report).

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Launch of agroforestry app "CanOvaLator"

Launch of agroforestry app "CanOvaLator"

 

If you want to get involved, help or ask questions, click here.


SumofUs Shareholder Resolution

 

 

 

SumOfUs members filed a shareholder resolution against one of the biggest chocolate companies in the world – Mondelez and Cadbury – asking them to clean up their act for forests and farmers.

 

 


Inspirational film: “The Chocolate Case” about ending slavery in cocoa

Screening and discussion in London: Thursday 06 December 2018 6:30pm to 9:00pm. 

Is eating chocolate linked to child slavery? Watch this entertaining and shocking documentary film about the journalists investigating global chocolate production.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, LSE IDEAS, United Nations Cinema and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands present a screening of The Chocolate Case, followed by a panel discussion on the links between responsible business, consumers, and modern day slavery. Hosted by LSE IDEAS, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London and United Nations Cinema in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building. (Speakers, Arjen Boekhold, Dr Marjolein Busstra, Charlotte Williams Dr Mary Martin).

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEChocolate

Watch the Full documentary – only until the end of December!

For the duration of this advent calendar, you’ll be able to watch this film for free, right here:

 

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Message from Tony’s Chocolonely: A slave free cocoa industry by creating strong cocoa farmers

Tony's Chocolonely

Let’s start from the beginning: our mission is to make chocolate 100% slave free. In order to achieve our goal we follow five key sourcing principles: traceable beans, a higher price, strong farmers, a long term relationship with our partner farmers and better quality and productivity. In this blog we’re focusing on strong farmers. Why is this so important to create a slave free cocoa industry? What measures need to be taken to make farmers stronger?

Child labor is not a choice

Let’s say you’re an Ivorian (from Ivory Coast) farmer. You’ve had little education, you’ve got no car, no land security and you make about a dollar a day. The farm gate price you receive for your crop is only $2.03 per kilogram (at least, that’s what it was in 2017) and you’ve got no other sources of income. On top of that, your cocoa harvest is about 1,000 kilos per year. That’s not huge.

Poverty is the main cause of illegal child labor in West Africa. To prevent illegal child labor and modern slavery is to eradicate poverty. Not by handing out cash, but by creating strong farmers.

Invest in cooperatives

A cooperative simply means uniting farmers pursuing a common goal to create a strong position. One farmer alone might not be able to afford pesticides or fertilizer. A cooperative, however, is able to supply pesticides for all members for a lower cost per person. Besides supplies, a cooperative may contribute in education in fertile farming. A cooperative means scale advantages.

Organize general annual meetings

One way to involve farmers in the organization of cooperatives is to organize annual meetings. An annual meeting is the perfect opportunity for each involved party (farmers, cocoa buyers) to learn about each other’s objectives and to ask critical questions. General annual meetings provide farmers with insight to the rest of the value chain.

Tony’s annual general meetings

In our case we used these meetings as a chance to celebrate and to put the farmers we work with in the spotlight. We traveled around with our fresh, new Tony’s party truck, we brought Ivorian comedian Magnific along with us and we hosted a concert.

General annual meetings boring?

Not with us, pal.


Save a Chimp

Give to this African rainforests conservation fund, where people can donate to efforts that help save the last – often endangered – primates of Ivory Coast. To donate to Scott McGraw's  African rainforests conversation fund, The Tai Monkey Project,  and chip in to save chimps - click here

View Scott McGraw's presentation on the The Tai Monkey Project below, or click here to view as a PDF.


Mighty Earth Ethical Consumer Guide

This holiday season, buy chocolate from the heart. Please don’t buy chocolate that’s connected to child labor, slavery, or deforestation. Make sure you purchase chocolate only from companies that do their part to protect forests and wildlife.

We’ve pulled together rankings from different experts to give you a sense of where it’s at for some of the world’s biggest chocolate companies in terms of human rights, organic, fair trade, deforestation, and other issues.

Plus you can read up here, if you want to see some of the best guides out there, to help consumers buy the right chocolate:

This guide by Simran Sethi helps you make sense of the different labels – she walks you through what does it mean when a chocolate is “directly traded,” or “bean-to-bar,” and breaks down what various certifications like Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance entail. https://newfoodeconomy.org/conscious-eaters-chocolate-guide/

The Ethical Consumer guide investigates, scores and ranks the ethical and environmental record of 99 brands of bars of chocolate, chocolate snacks and gift chocolates. They review child labour, deforestation, shine a light on the ethics of Divine and give some Best Buys advice. https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/food-drink/shopping-guide/chocolate

If you’re in a rush and just want a quick list of good chocolate to buy, the Good Trade lists some chocolates that it recommends, which are fair trade and mostly organic  https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/fair-trade-chocolate

http://www.thegoodshoppingguide.com/ethical-chocolate/

https://grist.org/food/a-guide-to-ethical-chocolate/

If you’re in the UK, you can check this out: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2007/sep/28/food

And if you’re in Australia, you’re in luck as there are two guides for you: http://fairtrade.com.au/Fairtrade-Products/Chocolate-cocoa and https://guide.ethical.org.au/guide/browse/guide/?type=126

We’ll have a full ranking of 150 companies ready later on, so stay tuned for a really comprehensive ranking coming soon!

Enjoy chocolate this holiday season that tastes good, is good for the planet, and good for people.


Cocoa & Deforestation: How Good Monitoring Can Turn Commitments into Reality

National Wildlife Federation and Vivid Economics will lead a civil society brainstorming on the Do’s and Don’ts for effective monitoring of deforestation for cocoa worldwide.

The event will be held at Novotel Katowice Centrum in Poland (outside the COP) on Monday, December 10th, 2018 from 15:00 to 17:00 CET, with afternoon refreshments provided.


Petitions on Cocoa

    • Sign a Petition!

Add your name to more than 2 million signatures on over 100 petitions

Through our work aimed at stopping deforestation for chocolate worldwide, people just like you are getting involved to stop forest destruction. Together with other NGOs, we have succeeded in collecting nearly 1 million signatures on a variety of petitions targeted at the chocolate industry on the issues of deforestation.

These petitions have helped us – are are continuing to help us – change the industry and governments. So please sign on!

Meanwhile, over 1 million people signed over 100 petitions on ending human rights violations in chocolate – especially eradicating child labor, which is a serious problem. 2.1 million kids work in chocolate still today.  We ask you to sign any one of these petitions that moves you.

We’re asking YOU to help contribute to the cause by signing one of the petitions… or more, if you want 🙂

Scroll over the list and click on the ones you like to add your name!

Environmental Petitions: 

Platform Targets Number of Signers
Freedom United and Mighty Earth General 14,000
Action Network Cadbury / Mondelez, Nestlé, Ferrero, World Cocoa Foundation Members and others
SumofUs Nestlé, Pladis, Sucden 150,549
Rettet den Regenwald- Closed Government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; chocolate manufacturers 121,803
Rettet den Regenwald Mars, Mondelez and other confectionery manufacturers 219,127
SumOfUs Cadbury, Ferrero 326,177
SumOfUs Lindt 70,251
Rainforest Rescue German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner 221,588
Change- Closed Cadbury, Ferrero 1,394
Care2 Cadbury, Ferrero 1,398
Greenpeace NZ Cadbury, Ferrero 64
Total 1,114,354

 

Human Rights Petitions:

Platform Targets Number of Signers
SumOfUs Ferrero 340,554
Avaaz Chocolate industry 205,938
On and offline, different platforms- Closed General, CAOBISCO 122,826
Change.org- Closed Ferrero, Lindt 113,255
Change.org- Closed Warner Bros 104,487
Care2-Closed Clif Bar 82,751
SumOfUs Whole Foods 63,072
Change.org Hershey’s 53,867
Care2- Closed Mars Inc. President Paul S. Michaels and CEO of Ferrero chocolates, Giovanni Ferrero 33,663
Change.org Hershey’s 25,206
Green America Godiva 21,773
Care2- Closed General 8,045
Change.org Hershey’s 10,065
Change.org- Closed Ghirardelli 3,756
Change.org- Closed Girl Scouts 2,851
Change.org- Closed Ben & Jerry’s 2,117
Care2 Nestle USA 1,412
Care2 Hershey’s 792
Care2- Closed Mondelez Canada 783
Change.org- Closed Australian Senate 654
Greenpeace Nestle 479
Care2 U.S. House of Representatives 420
ipetitions- Closed Hershey’s 380
Care2 Nestle Executive Board 369
Change.org- Closed Hershey’s 432
MoveOn Hershey’s 364
Change.org- Closed Girl Scouts 330
Change.org- Closed Hershey’s 318
Care2 Hershey’s 290
Change.org- Closed Hershey’s, Nestle, Kraft, US Congresspeople 225
Change.org- Closed Cadbury 208
Change.org- Closed Hershey’s 189
Change.org- Closed President Obama 166
Change.org- Closed Nestle 122
Care2 Hershey’s 120
Care2 Chocolate industry 119
MoveOn Warner Bros 117
Change.org- Closed ask US ambassador Terence McCulley to address President Outtara 110
Change.org- Closed Cadbury 105
Change.org- Closed General 80
Care2 General 67
Change.org Jacob Zuma, Justin Trudeau 65
MoveOn Nestle’s Corporation and Paul Buicke, CEO 61
Change.org- Closed Hershey’s, Nestle, Mars 56
Change.org- Closed Chocolate Industry 55
Change.org- Closed Fair Trade USA 53
Change.org- Closed David Davis MP, Keir Starmer MP 48
Change.org- Closed General 46
UK platform- Closed UK Parliament 43
Change.org- Closed Hershey’s, Nestle 43
Change.org- Closed Hershey’s, Nestle 38
Avaaz Nestle 47
Avaaz Woolworths 38
Change.org Cadbury 38
Change.org- Closed Foodland, Woolworth, Nestle, Hershey 33
Care2 General 33
TOTAL 1,203,394