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No One Is Safe: An Eyes on the Forest Investigative Report

The palm oil industry has caused dramatic deforestation in Indonesia despite far-reaching industry commitments and legal protections from governments. This report, based on an Eyes on the Forest investigation, demonstrates how tainted crude palm oil entered the supply chains of several of the most well-known palm oil suppliers in the world, including subsidiaries of the Sinar Mas group and Wilmar that operate in Indonesia.

Eyes on the Forest (EoF) is a coalition of environmental non-governmental organizations in Riau, Sumatra including Friends of the Earth's "Walhi" Riau Office, the Jikalahari "Riau Forest Rescue Network," and WWF-Indonesia's Riau Program. Riau province is the dominant region of crude palm oil (CPO) production in Sumatra, Indonesia.

EoF modelled so-called 'risky fresh fruit bunch (FFB) catchment areas' using sustainability and legality parameters and found almost all CPO mills to be "at risk." The writers assert that "there are no safe distances in Riau and Sumatra. Tracing supplies to the CPO mill only will not prevent illegally grown FFB from entering the mills. It will not prevent precious remaining tropical forests to be cleared to supply the world with palm oil." Brands are urged to trace all of their supplies to the plantation level.

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