Retailer Migros lodges complaint against Malaysian palm oil group IOI following concerns over firm's impact on native land rights

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15 June 2010

Swiss retailer lodges complaint against Malaysian palm oil group

Author: Bruno Manser Fund

Following the disclosure of the Malaysian IOI group's irresponsible dealing with native land rights...on Borneo, Switzerland's largest supermarket chain, Migros, has announced it will lodge a formal complaint against IOI, its principal palm oil supplier. In a statement sent to the Bruno Manser Fund, Migros said it would submit a request for IOI's misconduct to be probed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). "This matter must be investigated. If the reproaches are seen to be true then, in Migros' opinion, sanctions must be imposed on the company in fault." Migros also announced that it would contact IOI directly and request for a full explanation. "If the explanation given is not satifactory, Migros will take the necessary action and draw the appropriate consequences."

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21 December 2009

[video] Borneo tribes 'driven from land' [Malaysia]

Author: Angus Stickler, BBC

The palm oil industry has been accused of laying waste to the last remaining rainforest of Malaysian Borneo. Vast tracts of land are being bulldozed to make way for plantations, and indigenous tribes in Sarawak say they are being driven from their lands. [Includes comment by IOI Group]

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