Kao: Protect rainforests and those who depend on them

Like so many Indigenous Peoples around the world, Eva’s community is fighting for their birthright – the right to their lands, the right for their way of life, the right to survive.

Tell Kao to stop destroying rainforests and people’s lives — it’s time to suspend business with producers that burn and bulldoze rainforests and violate basic human rights. Let's help amplify Eva's fight and make sure Kao will listen!

To Kao:

The rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia, are some of the last remaining in the world, and the only place where elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans live together. But they’re being intentionally burned and bulldozed to clear forest for Conflict Palm Oil and pulp plantations — a big problem for both the health of local communities, the rainforests, and for our climate. 

One of the biggest culprits in Indonesia is the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group that controls millions of acres of land used for both pulp and palm oil production. Despite RGE’s track record of mass deforestation, fires, community conflicts and human rights abuses, Kao still sources palm oil from RGE and maintains a joint venture with its palm oil arm called APICAL. By doing so, Kao is complicit in destroying livelihoods of Indigenous communities such as the Pargamanan Bintang-Maria community in Northern Sumatra.

This community, like so many others in Indonesia and around the world, is fighting for their birthright — the right to their lands — and upholding these is key to keeping forests standing and protecting the climate. 

Doing business with forest destroyers and rights abusers makes Kao complicit, exposing your company to all sorts of risks. Act now and show you value the future of the planet. We call on Kao to suspend all business with RGE and all its subsidiaries immediately. This includes suspending its joint venture with APICAL and sourcing of palm oil from all companies connected to RGE.