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6 March 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Greenpeace has accused Procter & Gamble (P&G) of sourcing palm oil from companies connected to “widespread forest devastation”.
“[P&G’s] sourcing policies also expose its supply chain to forest fires and habitat destruction that is further pushing the Sumatran tiger to the edge of extinction,” said Greenpeace.
An investigation by the environmental activist found an orangutan habitat was being cleared in plantations linked to P&G's supply chain.
Greenpeace said: “Land used for palm oil cultivation owned by the BW Plantation Group, a company connected to P&G's supply chain, also correlates with the deaths and burials of orangutans next to the Tanjung Puting National Park.
“In other cases, Greenpeace documented on-going forest clearance within the concessions of two producers known to directly supply P&G.”
A statement from P&G said: "P&G is committed to the sustainable sourcing of palm oil. We have made a public commitment that, by 2015, 100 per cent of all palm oil purchases we make will be sustainably sourced and we are working with our suppliers to ensure we deliver on this commitment. We are strongly opposed to irresponsible deforestation practices and take any allegation of impropriety by our suppliers very seriously. We will investigate any allegations made to ensure that our policy on the responsible and sustainable sourcing of palm oil has been, and will continue to be, adhered to.
"We are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we support the RSPO criteria established for sustainable palm oil and we are part of the working group on sustainable sourcing of palm oil derivatives."
BW Plantation Group did not respond to SM's request for a comment.