Procter & Gamble’s suppliers have left a trail of destruction across vast stretches of Indonesia. Producers such as BW Plantation, KLK and Musim Mas have become synonymous with rainforest destruction and the killing of orangutans. It cannot be ruled out that dirty palm oil from traders such as Wilmar International and Cargill is entering the P&G supply chain – and thus our households.
Satellite images analyzed by Greenpeace document clear-cutting in the pristine rainforests of Papua by PT Rimba Matoa Lestari (PT RML), a P&G supplier. According to Greenpeace, PT RML has been destroying forest in a 30,000-hectare concession since 2009, and has continued doing so in the very recent past.
BW Plantation has been clearing the rainforest in several areas in central Kalimantan that are inhabited by orangutans. Their habitat is also being destroyed by the palm oil producers KLK and Musim Mas. On the Rokan Adi Raya concession, the fate of the last Sumatran tigers hangs in the balance.
P&G has pledged that its suppliers must document the sources of their palm oil as of 2015, and the corporation intends to dispense entirely with oil from deforestation as of 2020. For many areas, that will be too late – the rainforest will be gone by then. In Indonesia, palm oil plantations currently occupy 10 million hectares. 20 million hectares are projected for 2020 – a doubling of the area in only six years!
Given the dramatic pace at which the rainforest is being destroyed, Procter & Gamble’s continued use of dirty palm oil until 2020 reveals its “no deforestation” pledge to be mere greenwashing. How long are we going to stand for P&G’s double-dealing?
Call on CEO Alan G. Lafley to commit to an immediate stop to P&G’s use of palm oil.