Procter & Gamble responded
We were deeply saddened to hear of this report and our hearts go out to those affected. Since receiving your message, we quickly explored our supply chain to understand our connection, if any. The news reports you shared cited Sawit Mas Group as a supplier of oleochemicals to P&G. However, this relationship ended years ago. We did learn that PT Arta Prigel, a subsidiary of PT Bukit Barisan Indah Prima (BBIP) is a direct supplier to Wilmar. Wilmar provides mass-balanced palm oil to us and many other companies in the consumer products industry. We immediately reached out to Wilmar to reaffirm that these actions within any part of our supply chain will not be tolerated and to learn how they are handling this situation. As you have seen from Wilmar’s statement to you, they are taking a number of steps – including an investigation beyond the ongoing inquiry by local authorities. We expect Wilmar to work with a credible and independent third party to investigate this incident further and take meaningful actions for both the families affected and the long-term land dispute involved. Respecting human rights is fundamental to how we manage our business. We follow the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and expect our business partners to operate in the same manner. We will stay closely connected with Wilmar on this important issue.