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Papua New Guinea: Big palm oil firms investigating breach of deforestation commitments

Date: 22 Jun 2015

Oil palm

Cargill and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) have said that they will review allegations that a supplier, a subsidiary of Eagle High Plantations Tbk, had continued a programme of deforestation in Papua New Guinea in contravention of sustainability commitments.

Cargill and GAR have both signed the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge which commits them to remove deforestation from their supply chains. The companies buy significant volumes from Eagle High Plantations.

According to <a href="http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0618-cargill-gar-eagle-high-vma-palm-oil-papua.html" target="_blank">Mongabay.com</a>, both companies have pledged to investigate. Cargill said: "Cargill takes all grievances and allegations extremely seriously and we are currently investigating these accusations. Results of the investigation and the resultant corrective measures will be made available to the public. Regardless of the conclusion, Cargill remains committed to our due diligence procedures to better identify HCV and HCS violations."

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