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8 Oct 2019

Philippines: Alarming number of fatal attacks against environmental defenders related to agribusiness, mining & logging

The new Global Witness report denounces that in 2018, 30 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines, making it the country with the highest number of such killings in the world. Their new investigation shows that mining, agribusiness, logging and coal plants are driving attacks against environmental activists. The report claims that brands such as Del Monte Philippines and Dole Philippines, and Filipino-based San Miguel Corporation were linked to local partners accused of attacks and murders of protestors. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre wrote to companies & private investors mentioned in the report. We received responses from Dole Philippines, Del Monte Philippines,  Itochu, and Standard Chartered. JPMorgan Chase responded, but declined to comment. We attempted get in touch with the representatives of Seafront, but could not. We are in the process of inviting San Miguel to respond. 

Company Responses

Del Monte Foods View Response
Dolefil (Dole Philippines) (part of Itochu) View Response
JPMorgan Chase

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