Stop the Fires in Indonesia and Save Sumatran Orangutans
Over ninety-two fires burned out of control in the Tripa swamp rainforest of Indonesia last month—home to one of the largest remaining populations of wild Sumatran orangutans in the world. The fires in Tripa started as palm oil companies rushed to clear forests once they realized that community groups had gone to court to try and stop their plantation expansion. These Sumatran orangutans could be completely wiped out unless immediate action is taken.
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Agribusiness giant Cargill —trader of 25% of the world's palm oil supply— cannot ensure that it is not trading palm oil from Tripa or companies profiting from the destruction of Tripa because it has no safeguards in place to prevent it. It is past time for Cargill to adopt key environmental, social and transparent safeguards on the palm oil it trades to ensure that it is not profiting from situations like Tripa across Indonesia and Malaysia.
Push Cargill to adopt supply chain safeguards so that it can guarantee that the palm oil it supplies does not ever cause a catastrophe like the Tripa fires.