The Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee must be absolutely sure that the companies they buy from aren’t responsible for species extinction.
Sun bears, clouded leopards, and orangutans are just a few of the world’s rarest animals threatened by deforestation.
Already, a huge amount of rainforest timber has been used in the construction of a new stadium and multiple sports venues and we know that the Olympics have sourced wood from Korindo, a company that cuts down rainforest in some of the most diverse tropical ecosystems in the world.
Help us deliver 25,000 petitions demanding that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizers stop building stadiums and venues from rainforest destruction, address the negative impacts they have had, and strengthen their sourcing policy so this never happens again!
Let them know the world is watching.
To IOC President Bach and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organising Committee,
I am extremely concerned about the Olympics’ continued exploitation of rainforests for the construction of Olympic venues in Tokyo. There is nothing sustainable about sourcing wood from the habitat of endangered orangutans or other valuable ecosystems. The reputation and legacy of the Olympics is at stake unless you strengthen your timber sourcing standards, and make absolutely sure that all wood products used for the Olympics are legal and sustainable. It’s time you cut ties with any supplier found to be destroying vital rainforests.
A year of investigations have revealed human rights abuses, including wrongful arrest and torture by police. With our allies in Indonesia, TuK INDONESIA and WALHI, we’ve just released a new report that exposes devastating human rights abuses tied to notorious logging and palm oil company Korindo.
What’s more, we’ve traced Korindo wood all the way to the construction sites of the new Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues, and followed Korindo’s money to major banks including Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC).
Tell SMBC that they must stop financing ANY company implicated in human rights abuses and rainforest destruction.
I am very concerned about your bank’s willingness to finance companies that are destroying rainforests and abusing human rights in Indonesia. As a multinational company, SMBC Group has a responsibility to respect human rights and protect the environment for future generations. SMBC should strengthen its financing policies and explicitly prohibit financing of activities by clients which violate laws or negatively impact rainforests, peatlands, Indigenous and customary rights, or labor rights through their direct operations or supply chains.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are likely built on the backs of endangered species. That’s because the very timber being used to build the Olympic venues is being sourced from Indonesia’s rainforests. So much for being “one of the most sustainable Olympics yet.”
Already, over 130,000 sheets of rainforest plywood have been used during the construction of a brand new stadium and multiple sports venues, and we know that the Olympics have sourced wood from Korindo, a timber company that cuts down rainforest in some of the most diverse tropical ecosystems in the world.
In fact, this same timber giant is sourcing from the habitat of the critically endangered Bornean orangutan and causing devastation elsewhere in Indonesia’s rainforests, including in North Maluku, the only home of the world’s largest bee, the masked flying fox, and an adorable little marsupial called a cuscus.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee must be absolutely sure that the companies they source from aren’t responsible for species extinction.
Tell the Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee that they must cut ties with rainforest destroyers like Korindo and protect these amazing forests and creatures.
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In spite of adopting social and environmental safeguards into its financing policies, Japan's largest bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), has been bankrolling climate change with billions of dollars in financing for rainforest destruction, tar sands pipelines, and coal power around the world.
MUFG has a lot to answer for.
Let MUFG know that the world is watching them and that it is time they finished what they began, craft a truly impactful policy that protects people and planet, and end the bad business deals that threaten our future.
MUFG, your bank is linked to rainforest destruction, worker exploitation, and human rights violations through your relationship with palm oil companies like Indofood; you remain a top-five financier of coal power globally; and you continue to fund Enbridge, Energy Transfer Partners, and TransCanada, the companies behind the climate-destroying tar sands and other oil pipelines Line 3, Bayou Bridge, and Keystone XL. We global citizens call on you to strengthen your financing policy to protect the climate and respect human rights, to do the due diligence required to verify whether the companies you finance are upholding your bank's values and commitments, and to halt relationships with those that are undermining our sustainable future.
The companies that are destroying forests and abusing human rights need extensive financing in order to keep their operations running. One of the most destructive companies we’ve profiled, Indofood, is a prime example. Indofood is a major palm oil company that has been proven over and over again to engage in some of the worst violations of worker rights, and human rights, and deforestation. Meanwhile, the company is being propped up by Japanese banking giant Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG). That needs to stop, now.
As citizens of the world, we condemn abuses anywhere and call out the banks who pay for them. If financing of forest destroyers and those that violate human rights is global, so too must be our resistance.
Despite SMFG’s latest pledge to respect human rights and protect forests, the bank continues to fund timber, pulp, and palm oil companies with known ties to rainforest destruction and child labor.
Sign now to tell SMFG to immediately end all financing for any company found to be destroying forests, violating human rights, or threatening communities.
Read the briefing: Banks: High Carbon, Hidden Risk
Big banks are pumping billions of dollars every year into extreme fossil fuels and deforestation. The largest investors in these banks, such as Vanguard, Blackrock, State Street and Japan’s Government Investment Pension Fund, continue to ignore their role in financing climate change, habitat destruction and human rights abuses. These and other investment funds that manage the retirement savings of hundreds of millions of people are signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) – a global initiative committing members to responsible investment. The members are not keeping their promises.
Demand UNPRI members adopt truly responsible investment policies. These policies must prioritise climate, forest and human rights protections, and be applied to their direct investments as well as their investments through banks.
Sign the petition to UNPRI’s head, Fiona Reynolds: We demand that UNPRI members put their principles into practice.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic authorities promised to host one of the greenest Olympic games in history. Shockingly, RAN and our allies found them using significant volumes of rainforest wood to build their new National Olympic Stadium. The timber is from a supplier that has a well documented history of rainforest destruction, illegal logging and human rights abuses.
Earlier this month, RAN and dozens of allied organizations delivered an open letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo Olympic authorities demanding an end to the use of rainforest wood to construct the Tokyo Olympic facilities. So far, they’ve denied the risks in their sourcing practices and failed to adopt stronger safeguards to protect rainforests and respect human rights.
That’s why we need your voice now. We need a public outcry to break through to the Olympic authorities to let them know the reputation and credibility of the iconic Olympic games are at stake. By taking action now, we can help prevent further use of rainforest wood and make sure the Olympics adopts strong safeguards on rainforests and human rights.