|Procter & Gamble destroying Indonesian forests, animals
Environmental group Greenpeace accused American consumer goods behemoth Procter & Gamble (Pictured, P&G products) of responsibility for the destruction of Indonesian rainforests and the habitat of endangered orangutans and tigers.
In an extensive new report, Greenpeace said the US company was using Indonesian palm oil from suppliers with links to the destruction of ancient rainforest, haze-inducing forest fires and an orangutan “graveyard.’’
The company uses Indonesian palm oil in its popular household products, including Head & Shoulders and Pantene shampoos and Gillette shaving gel.
“The maker of Head & Shoulders needs to stop bringing rainforest destruction into our showers. It must clean up its act and guarantee its customers that these products are forest-friendly,'' said Greenpeace's Indonesian forest campaign head Bustar Maitar.
Procter & Gamble was not immediately available for comment. The company's website says it is “committed to growing our business responsibly'' and has introduced sustainability scorecards for suppliers.
An AFP photographer accompanied by Greenpeace saw rampant forest destruction in the concessions of the company's suppliers on the Indonesian part of Borneo island.
Borneo, which is shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, has lost half its trees to logging and mining in recent decades but still has vast tracts of untouched forest.
In its report, Greenpeace linked a Malaysian palm oil supplier to Procter & Gamble with forest fires on Indonesia's island of Sumatra in June last year.
The report also accused the same supplier of destroying deep peatland forests, which are dense in carbon stocks, have some of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems, and are prime habitat for critically endangered Sumatran orangutans and tigers.
The report said that on the island of Borneo a “graveyard'' of orangutans, including a buried skull, had been found in November partly within the concession area of a supplier to Procter & Gamble.