It was one of those days when we felt like change was in the air – even if it was a small victory it was an important one.
Yesterday, we confirmed that notorious palm oil producer and forest destroyer, Duta Palma, has (finally) been ejected from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – an organisation with the declared aim of ensuring environmentally responsible palm oil production. Continue reading
Papuan traditional dancers pose infront of the Rainbow Warrior in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia,
I grew up in West Papua, which sits in the far west of the world’s biggest archipelago. I studied forestry in the province’s capital, but grew up in another city called Jayapura. If West Papua is considered frontier land, then Jayapura is certainly the wild west.
It’s an obscure and isolated part of the world. Wild, green and untamed, this part of the world is home to one of the earth’s last glaciers in the tropics and some of the richest biodiversity on this planet. Continue reading
This morning, Asia Pulp and Paper – the world’s third largest paper and packaging company – announced that it was turning over a new leaf. It’s promised to stop chopping down Indonesia’s rainforests, home to the last tigers and endangered orangutans.
This breakthrough wouldn’t have happened without your help. Thanks to you, we persuaded over 100 of APP’s biggest customers to take their business elsewhere. Here are some of the highlights from the last two years. Continue reading
One of the 400 wild Sumatran tigers
What do a Barbie, Xerox and National Geographic have in common? Well, after years of hard work, this should finally become clear. Much of the Indonesian rainforest has been chopped down by pulp and paper supplier Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to make everything from toy packaging to office supplies to glossy magazines. When you’ve helped us win campaigns against brands like Mattel, it’s sent a signal to their supplier, APP, that we’re not willing to buy rainforest destruction. So today, after pressure from you and the businesses that buy from them, APP has announced a ‘Forest Conservation Policy’ aimed at ending its involvement in deforestation. If APP actually comes good on what it’s promised, this is great news for the Indonesian rainforest. Read below to hear from Greenpeace’s forest campaigner in Indonesia about this remarkable and unprecedented win for the forests.
Today was a day I have at times feared might never come, but I’ve just emerged from a packed press conference in Jakarta for the launch of Asia Pulp & Paper’s new ‘Forest Conservation Policy’ aimed to end its involvement in deforestation. Continue reading
Blog post by Rusmadya Maharuddin
When you think of KFC most people think of buckets of fried chicken. So what does KFC have to do with Indonesia and why did Greenpeace Indonesia take action against the company on Wednesday?
Well, KFC is one of the most popular fast food chains in the country, with more than 400 stores, and if KFC gets its way, the company will have more than 1,000 stores by 2015. That’s a lot of potential rainforest destruction.
In fact, there are now more KFC stores in Indonesia than there are Sumatran tigers in the wild, and tragically, KFC sourcing practices are making the prospects for Indonesia’s one remaining tiger species even worse. Continue reading
No matter what you think about fast-food, you’ll no doubt agree that rainforests shouldn’t be trashed to make packaging destined for the trash. Yet that’s exactly what KFC and its giant parent company YUM! Brands are doing.
The original Colonel Sanders couldn’t have imagined the company he founded in 1930 would be trashing rainforests half a world away from where he started it in Kentucky, USA. Continue reading
By Zul Fahami, Greenpeace Indonesia Forest Campaign Director
Illegal ramin logs identified at APP's Indah Kiat Perawang pulp mill
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.
by Bustar Maitar, Greenpeace Indonesia
APP: “Zero tolerance for illegal wood.” – @AsiaPulpPaper
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