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Samsung Won’t Consort with Korindo; NGOs Claim Credit

Samsung Won’t Consort with Korindo; NGOs Claim Credit

Samsung IT says its subsidiary will not pursue any business with the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo, a company linked to rainforest destruction practices. A petition, launched by SumOfUs.org and delivered by Mighty Earth directly to Samsung’s Corporate Social Responsibility team, was part of an extensive two-month campaign, calling on Samsung to drop the joint venture or any business partnership with Korindo. But Samsung IT still needs to clean up its palm oil practices, the groups say.

APP rainforests in Indonesia

APP to Retire Commercial Plantations to Cut Carbon Emissions

Asia Pulp and Paper Group has committing to retire around 7,000 hectares of commercial plantation areas to protect threatened carbon-rich peatlands. The company says this is the first time that plantations on tropical peatland have been retired for conservation purposes worldwide. Retiring these plantation areas will help support the government … Read more »

Report: 30% of Indonesian Wood from Illegal Sources

Report: 30% of Indonesian Wood from Illegal Sources

More than 30 percent of wood used by Indonesia’s industrial forest sector, which provides the US, Europe and beyond with paper products, stems from the unreported clear-cutting of natural forests and other illegal sources, according to a study. The report, by the Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition and Forest Trends, also finds … Read more »

Cargill palm forest

Cargill ‘On Track’ to Map 80% of Palm Oil to Mills This Year

Cargill says it’s on track to map 80 percent of its palm oil in key markets back to individual mills by the end of this year and 100 percent of all mills by December 2015, according to the company’s first progress report on sustainable palm oil. The report lays out … Read more »


Mondelez Boosts Sustainable Coffee Farming

Mondelez International, the world’s second largest coffee company with brands such as Jacobs, Carte Noire, Kenco and Tassimo, is boosting its sustainable agriculture initiatives by inviting a third-party to report on the impact of its Coffee Made Happy Program. The $200 million Coffee Made Happy program aims to improve farmers’ … Read more »

Study: APP Has Sufficient Plantations for Zero Deforestation

Asia Pulp and Paper Group has sufficient plantation resources to meet the pulp requirements of its existing mills and its future mill in OKI, South Sumatra, according to an independent study by The Forest Trust and Ata Maria. The announcement comes as APP releases an 18 month update on the … Read more »


APRIL Appoints KPMG to Audit Sustainable Forest Policy

Asia Pacific Resources International Limited has appointed KPMG Performance Registrar Inc. to assess the implementation of its sustainable forest management policy, the Jakarta Globe reports. The announcement comes as APRIL has been promoting its sustainable forest management policy. APRIL revealed plans for a sustainable forest management policy earlier this year … Read more »

China to Build World’s First CNG Ship

The world’s first compressed natural gas carrier will be built by China to fulfill an order from Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state-owned power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara, according to ABS, the company selected to class the ship. The CNG ship was designed by China’s CIMC Ocean Engineering … Read more »

Global Demand for Filters to Grow to $80bn

The global demand for filters is expected to increase 6.2 percent annually to $80 billion in 2018, according to a report by The Fredonia Group. Growth is expected to come from developed countries that have supported demand to date, as well as developing countries that are currently investing in their … Read more »

APP to Restore 1M Hectares of Forest

Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) today announced a plan to restore and support the conservation of 1 million hectares of rainforest across Indonesia. The commitment, developed with WWF, Greenpeace and NGO members of APP’s Solutions Working Group, takes the company beyond its legal conservation requirements and is approximately equivalent … Read more »

peat swamp to oil palm

Converting Peat Swamp to Palm Oil Plantations Contributes to Climate Change

Converting peat swamp forests in Southeast Asia into industrial oil palm and pulpwood plantations releases emissions, threatens biodiversity and ultimately accelerates climate change, according to a guest column by a Princeton professor and PhD candidate at the university. As trees are stripped from peat swamp to make room for oil palm … Read more »

Fires in Indonesia Spike to High Levels

Forest and peat fires in Indonesia’s Riau province, on the island of Sumatra, spiked to levels not seen since the previous Southeast Asian haze crisis of June 2013, according to a blog post by the World Resources Institute. The fires are extensive in areas with deep peat soils, suggesting high … Read more »

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