Forests and agriculture | Podcast

Microphone The risks from hidden companies in palm oil supply chains

Is the palm oil sector hiding deforestation?

Aid Environment’s Tim Steinweg talks to Toby Webb about the new report from Chain Reaction Research that highlights the use of shadow companies in the palm oil sector. Steinweg argues that a number of large players in the palm oil sector work with associated companies, frequently owned by members of the same family. These shadow companies have allegations of deforestation levelled at their palm plantations – hence the big companies are able to be able to service the ‘no deforestation’ markets while subsidiary companies continue to cut down trees.

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