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Campaigners call on Unilever to clean up dirty palm oil

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Friends of the Earth campaigners in the North West will gather outside Unilever’s offices in Port Sunlight on Wednesday (13th December) to call on the multinational company to clean up dirty palm oil in its supply chains (1).

Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and has strong ties to the North West. The campaigners argue that the company’s policies on human rights and environmental sustainability, while strong on paper, aren’t being put into practice.  

In Sulawesi, Indonesia, communities are suffering at the hands of subsidiaries of palm oil company Astra Agro Lestari (AAL). Unilever indirectly sources palm oil  from AAL. 

These communities have lost their land, are being intimidated and criminalised, and their forests and rivers destroyed and polluted, in order to grow palm oil for detergents, beauty products and foods (2).

Over 51,000 people have signed a petition urging Unilever to step up action to ensure that AAL (3): 

* Returns land to communities and provides compensation 

* Formally apologises for the violations committed 

* Clears the names of local people who have been criminalised for defending their rights.

Don Naylor from Liverpool Friends of the Earth said:

“Unilever sources palm oil indirectly from AAL, a company that is linked to deforestation, river pollution and human rights abuses including intimidating and criminalising local communities in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

“We are calling on Unilever to put its policies into action by supporting communities and seeking justice. If no progress can be made, then Unilever should suspend AAL, condemn its actions and continue to work for redress for communities.”  

ENDS

Contact for comments:   Helen Rimmer. Friends of the Earth North West campaign organiser.  Mobile: 07940 006783  Email: helen.rimmer@foe.co.uk

Notes:

1. The campaigners from Liverpool Friends of the Earth and Manchester Friends of the Earth will display placards saying ‘Unilever: Stop Greenwashing’, ‘Unilever: Clean Up Your Dirty Dealings with AAL’, and ‘Unilever: Stop Buying Conflict Palm Oil’.

2. For more information see Holding Unilever responsible for its conflict palm oilhttps://friendsoftheearth.uk/nature/holding-unilever-responsible-its-conflict-palm-oil

3. Petition. Tell Unilever: stop buying conflict palm oil. https://action.friendsoftheearth.uk/petition/tell-unilever-stop-buying-conflict-palm-oil

Campaigners call on Unilever to clean up dirty palm oil

Friends of the Earth campaigners in the North West will gather outside Unilever’s offices in Port Sunlight on Wednesday (13th December) to call on the multinational company to clean up dirty palm oil in its supply chains (1).

Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and has strong ties to the North West. The campaigners argue that the company’s policies on human rights and environmental sustainability, while strong on paper, aren’t being put into practice.  

In Sulawesi, Indonesia, communities are suffering at the hands of subsidiaries of palm oil company Astra Agro Lestari (AAL). Unilever indirectly sources palm oil  from AAL. 

These communities have lost their land, are being intimidated and criminalised, and their forests and rivers destroyed and polluted, in order to grow palm oil for detergents, beauty products and foods (2).

Over 51,000 people have signed a petition urging Unilever to step up action to ensure that AAL (3): 

* Returns land to communities and provides compensation 

* Formally apologises for the violations committed 

* Clears the names of local people who have been criminalised for defending their rights.

Don Naylor from Liverpool Friends of the Earth said:

“Unilever sources palm oil indirectly from AAL, a company that is linked to deforestation, river pollution and human rights abuses including intimidating and criminalising local communities in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

“We are calling on Unilever to put its policies into action by supporting communities and seeking justice. If no progress can be made, then Unilever should suspend AAL, condemn its actions and continue to work for redress for communities.”  

ENDS

Contact for comments:   Helen Rimmer. Friends of the Earth North West campaign organiser.  Mobile: 07940 006783  Email: helen.rimmer@foe.co.uk

Notes:

1. The campaigners from Liverpool Friends of the Earth and Manchester Friends of the Earth will display placards saying ‘Unilever: Stop Greenwashing’, ‘Unilever: Clean Up Your Dirty Dealings with AAL’, and ‘Unilever: Stop Buying Conflict Palm Oil’.

2. For more information see Holding Unilever responsible for its conflict palm oilhttps://friendsoftheearth.uk/nature/holding-unilever-responsible-its-conflict-palm-oil

3. Petition. Tell Unilever: stop buying conflict palm oil. https://action.friendsoftheearth.uk/petition/tell-unilever-stop-buying-conflict-palm-oil

4. Photos are available from the Manchester Friends of the Earth Flickr album.

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