Friends of the Earth Africa member groups visit the Joegbahn clan community in Liberia, which is facing threats from the Equatorial Oil Palm (EPO) Company to cede their remaining land to allow the company to expand its plantations.
Les groupes Amis de la Terre Afrique ont décrit la convergence des entreprises de plantation de palmiers à huile sous l’égide de la Table ronde sur l’huile de palme durable comme promoteurs d’écoblanchiment.
Friends of the Earth Netherlands launched a report warn that Dutch Banks ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank have to take responsibility for the disastrous environmental and social consequences of providing finance to the palm oil sector at large scale.
Friends of the Earth and As You Sow are circulating a letter to TIAA clients calling on the firm to disclose information about all of its investments in companies with farmland and palm oil operations, and to commit to a deforestation- and land grab-free investment policy.
The recent overturning of UK company Equatorial Palm Oil’s access to customary land in Liberia is a warning to all governments and investors that they must respect communities’ rights and ownership of land.
European banks, pension funds and private equity funds have given financial assistance worth more than €450 million to Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby, responsible for environmental degradation and violations of national regulations in Liberia.
European banks and pension funds continue to finance one of the largest and most destructive palm oil giants Wilmar International, according to new research released today by Friends of the Earth Europe.
Friends of the Earth is running an ethical pension campaign to encourage investors to ask their providers if they invest in land grabbing activities. Emma Websdale spoke with campaigner Kirtana Chandrasekaran to discuss why it is such an important issue.