Big brands buy palm oil from the world’s ‘orangutan capital’

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Big brands buy palm oil from the world’s ‘orangutan capital’

On top of that, Unilever, Nestlé and other giants are getting it from a high-priority conservation area in Indonesia

Michael Taylor

Palm oil from an illegal plantation inside an Indonesian rainforest that is home to endangered orangutans has found its way into the supply chains of major consumer brands including Unilever and Nestlé, according to a US-based environmental group.

A Rainforest Action Network (RAN) investigation showed Asia-based palm oil traders Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) and Musim Mas Group bought oil from two mills that sourced palm fruit from a small, privately owned plantation on Sumatra island.

The plantation is inside the protected Rawa Singkil Wildlife Reserve, in a high-priority conservation area and critical wildlife habitat, dubbed the “orangutan capital of the world”...

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