I care about where my clothing comes from. I do not want my clothing to be linked to harm to the world’s forests and climate, or violations of human and land rights of Indigenous and frontline communities. I care that no one is hurt, intimidated or arrested for standing up for their rights.
I know your company has taken steps to address these issues, including developing a policy designed to eliminate egregious practices, and provide restitution for communities who have experienced harm in the past. I appreciate this first step.
Yet change is coming too slowly. I strongly urge you to listen to the voices of frontline and Indigenous communities and take urgent action to remedy the past harm they have experienced and to prevent future violations of their rights. Prioritizing this action is necessary to living up to your promises, and is necessary to addressing the concerns of consumers across the world.
I look forward to seeing swift progress in Op. Bolus, Nagahulambo, Nagasaribu, and Aek Lung, among many other areas, and I will avoid purchasing from companies who buy from TPL until there is verified evidence of change on the ground.