COMPANY BANNED FROM PALM OIL DEVELOPMENT OVER CONCERNS OF VIOLATIONS IN INDONESIA
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a non-governmental, voluntary certification organization, has banned one of its biggest members, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), from acquiring or developing new land while a complaint concerning the company's practices in Indonesia is resolved. The complaint was filed by the UK-based Forest Peoples Programme, and alleges GAR took community land and filed for expansion without completing the proper environmental assessments in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province. RSPO has asked GAR to identify all lands the company has cleared or brought into palm oil production during the last five years in order to investigate other potential procedural violations. GAR has until May 20, 2015, to respond to RSPO. For the full story, see http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0508-jacobson-rspo-complaint-gar-fpp.html.