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Paper giant broke pact: Greenpeace

SMOKESCREEN:Some activists said that the Indonesian company used the truce with Greenpeace to shield it while building one of the world’s largest pulp and paper mills

AP, BANGKOK

Greenpeace said its investigation showed that Muara Sungai Landak had razed nearly 3,000 hectares of forest since 2013.

Sinarmas “refused to refute” evidence it was owned by its employees, it said.

Plantation company Hutan Rindang Banua, which is owned by the Singapore stock exchange-listed coal mining arm of Sinarmas, has cut down nearly 5,000 hectares of forest in Borneo since 2013, Greenpeace said.

Annual reports of Singapore-listed coal company Golden Energy and Resources showed that its Hutan Rindang Banua unit cuts down natural forest.

Other environmental groups questioned Greenpeace’s 2013 agreement with Sinarmas due to mistrust of the company given its long history of land grabs and environmental destruction.

Some activists said that the conglomerate’s owners used the truce with Greenpeace as a shield from criticism, while their business empire built a pulp and paper mill in Sumatra that is among the world’s largest and significantly increases demand for wood.

The environmental group’s own due diligence before entering the agreement did not find the extensive links between Sinarmas and the suppliers it characterized as independent.

Greenpeace credited Sinarmas with making some progress during the five years they worked together, but also said it failed to “provide a credible response or to take meaningful action” when given the findings of its investigations.

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