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27 Aug 2017


Indonesia: Mighty Earth petitions Samsung to stop partnership with Korindo group; concerns raised about company's environment and human rights record

"Samsung under fire for partnership with forest-burning Korindo," 25 August 2017

An online petition asking Samsung to drop its partnership with a Korean-Indonesian conglomerate over concerns of rainforest destruction on the island of New Guinea has garnered over 73,000 signatures.

Samsung recently announced a joint venture with Korindo, in the logistics sector...Korindo’s palm oil operation has come under fire for devastating pristine rainforest in Indonesia’s easternmost Tanah Papua region, pushing endemic animals like the tree kangaroo to the brink of extinction, infringing on the rights of local communities and contributing to the Southeast Asian haze, all of which was documented in a 2016 report by Mighty Earth...

While Samsung is not cooperating with Korindo’s plantations arm, it does have a direct stake in the oil palm sector via its joint venture with the Ganda Group, which is controversial for its stake in a company that bulldozed people’s homes in Sumatra in 2011 to make way for its plantation.