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Jakarta Post

Nestle, Unilever told to boycott Cargill over green concerns

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 30 2010   /  09:29 am

An environmental group is calling on two major manufacturing industries, Nestle and Unilever, to boycott tcrude palm oil (CPO) produced by the giant US agribusiness Cargill Group which it said has “encroached” on forests outside its concession area in South Sumatra.

Greenomics said on Wednesday that Nestle and Unilever should be consistent in not buying products from questionable sources, in the same way that was done with SMART, a unit of the Sinar Mas Holding Group whose CPO products were dropped for breaching Indonesian forestry and environmental laws.

Greenomics executive director Elfian Effendi said he had strong evidence that PT Hindoli, a unit of the Cargill Group, has conducted land clearing in a large swathe of forest outside the company’s concession area, a serious violation which carries hefty penalties, such as obligatory reforestation and fines.