21.03.2019 (Free Malaysia Today) - PETALING JAYA: A US-based environmental group has flagged a Malaysian palm oil group, accusing it of links to a palm oil concessionaire involved in logging near a Unesco World Heritage site in Sarawak.
According to native rights group Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), US group Mighty Earth recently listed the Kuching-based Double Dynasty in a rapid response file targeted at palm oil traders around the world.
“The listing is due to Double Dynasty’s close ties to Radiant Lagoon, a Malaysian palm oil concessionaire currently involved in controversial logging practices near Sarawak’s Mulu National Park,” said BMF.
FMT is trying to get a response from the companies named.
Aside from Double Dynasty, two other Malaysian companies linked to deforestation for new plantations are also listed on the rapid response file, said BMF.
The listing could mean that traders who source palm oil from customers with zero deforestation policies may have to address the policy breach.
Mighty Earth said Double Dynasty’s palm oil is sold to major consumer brands including Kellogg’s, Mars, Mondelez, Nestle, Pepsi, P&G, and Unilever.
BMF claimed that satellite imagery analysed by Mighty Earth showed that 98 hectares of forest was cleared for the Radiant Lagoon concession between Dec 31 last year and Jan 20 this year.
The move comes as Putrajaya battles efforts in Europe to reduce consumption of palm oil over allegations of deforestation.
Norway’s Parliament recently voted to ban biofuels based on palm oil while France decided to end tax incentives for diesel fuels containing palm oil.