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Palm oil expansion: Greenpeace report reveals devastating impact of IOI environmental violations

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IOI oil palm plantation

A new Greenpeace report says the impact of deforestation and peatland drainage on palm oil concessions owned by the Malaysian company IOI far exceeds that referred to in the complaint to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that led to the company’s suspension.

The RSPO suspended IOI for conducting peatland clearance in violation of the organisation’s principles, and being in breach of other environmental safeguards.

The suspension of the IOI group’s RSPO certification became effective as of April 4, 2016. It applies to the entire group, including its plantation division and its trading arm, IOI Loders Croklaan, which is based in the Netherlands.

The complaint against the group was filed in April 2015 by the Amsterdam-based, not-for-profit consultancy Aidenvironment and related to three IOI subsidiaries: PT Bumi Sawit Sejahtera, PT Sukses Karya Sawit, and PT Berkat Nabati Sawit.

Aidenvironment accused IOI of breaching RSPO standards and its own environmental…

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