After the recent scandal tying several US companies to evidence of illegal logging in Indonesia many companies are distancing themselves from those bad habits.
Danone, the makers of Dannon yogurt, are not only part of a healthy breakfast- they are also creating a zero deforestation policy for their company. With plans to phase out supplies of paper and packaging products from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), Danone is taking the right steps to make a stand against illegal logging and destructive in Indonesia. Continue reading →
Danone, the makers of Dannon yogurt, has released a statement confirming plans to phase out supplies of paper and packaging products from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). The statement, which you can read here also confirms that the company intends to develop a zero deforestation policy, which will cover all of the commodities it buys that could be linked to deforestation. Danone joins the likes of Nestle, Kraft, Unilever, Adidas and many more who have already dropped APP.
As well as welcoming this decision by Danone, we’d like to say a big thank you to all of you that helped put pressure on other customers of APP in the past few weeks since the release of the APP illegal ramin scandal. The results have been phenomenal, with most of the 11 companies we named taking steps to deal with APP. These include Mondi, Parragon, National Geographic, Constable and Robinson and Acer. Even Collins Debden, first in Australia and then in the UK, has confirmed that it will no longer source from APP. This is bold move for a company whose parent company Nippecraft is majority-owned by APP. Continue reading →
This St. Patrick’s Day I was not particularly interested in wearing something green, or having holiday drinks with my friends. Instead, to be green. So, I dressed in orange and black, and stood outside of Barnes & Noble in Newport Beach, California to draw attention to the bookstore’s ties to illegal rainforest destruction in Indonesia.
Home of the endangered Sumatran tiger and orangutan, Indonesia’s Paradise forest is being destroyed at a break neck rate for products like toilet paper, packaging, and books. Greenpeace recently came out with a report, The Ramin Paper Trail,
linking the illegal logging of the protected ramin trees from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) mills in Indonesia to American products like some books sold at Barnes & Noble. Continue reading →
More than two weeks ago, Greenpeace submitted video evidence documenting illegal ramin logs at APP’s Indah Kiat mill to the Indonesian authorities – both the Ministry of Forestry and the National Police. Today, the Ministry of Forestry notified us that it intends to visit the mill. Meantime, ongoing monitoring indicates that the company has been engaged in a rapid clean-up operation, removing ramin from its logyards.
In public APP has neither confirmed or denied whether there is ramin at its mill. Instead, it claimed that a ‘specialist team’ has been sent in to investigate the issue – two weeks quicker off the mark than the Ministry. The findings have yet to be made public.
Greenpeace’s year-long investigation confirmed that APP’s claims to keep illegal timber out of it’s supply chain do not reflect reality. Ramin was documented throughout the mill logyards. Now, the Ministry’s failure to act immediately appears to have given APP time to ensure that the evidence disappears. Continue reading →
It’s been a momentous 24 hours since we released the results of our investigation into Asia Pulp and Paper’s illegal timber scandal. While we in Greenpeace are best known for our direct actions, it’s our investigation work that provides the foundation to expose these environmental crimes. Our Indonesian forest campaign is no different and with APP so adamant that it has ‘zero tolerance for illegal timber’ we knew we had to go to the heart of this issue and uncover the reality.
These are the five words that say a lot but apparently mean little to a company that has made a mantra out of repeating something which is simply not true. And today, we’ve released proof that what APP says is wrong – the results of a yearlong investigation uncovering how APP is systematically violating Indonesia’s laws which protect ramin, an internationally protected tree species under CITES. Continue reading →