PEPSICO LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO ILLEGAL DEFORESTATION
PepsiCo has launched an investigation into reports of deforestation carried out by one of its supplier's oil palm plantations. The investigation is in response to a complaint by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) alleging that PepsiCo has failed to investigate deforestation allegations that were first reported four years ago. RAN conducted a field investigation and found that in the first five months of this year alone, 290 acres of forest had been destroyed in a concession owned by palm oil firm PT Surya Panen Subur II, which is included in PepsiCo's 2017 list of palm oil mills. The plantation is located in the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia's Aceh province, which is home to critically endangered tigers, orangutans, and rhinos. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2018/06/pepsico-to-probe-deforestation-in-pal….