Burger King Batalkan Kontrak Minyak Sawit Dengan Sinar Mas Sang Perusak Hutan

Posted on September 6, 2010

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Keputusan Diambil Menyusul Hasil Audit Membenarkan Sinar Mas Melanggar Hukum dan Melanggar Janji

Jakarta, 3 September, 2010 – Burger King mengumumkan pembatalan kontrak pembelian minyak kelapa sawit dengan salah satu perusak hutan terbesar di Indonesia – Sinar Mas. Dengan melakukan ini Burger King menjadi perusahaan pertama yang membatalkan kontrak dengan Sinar Mas setelah beberapa waktu lalu hasil audit terhadap perusahaan ini diumumkan kepada publik. Ini mempertegas bahwa perusahaan ini telah beroperasi dengan cara melanggar hukum dengan membuka lahan gambut dan hutan tanpa izin-izin yang harus dipenuhi.

Menanggapi berita ini, Nur Hidayati, Indonesia country representative Greenpeace Asia Tenggara mengatakan, “Greenpeace menyambut baik berita dari Burger King ini, yang jelas-jelas memperlihatkan bagaimana upaya Sinar Mas untuk memutar balik kesimpulan hasil audit telah gagal. Sinar Mas telah berkomitmen untuk melindungi hutan alam dan mengimplementasikan program perlindungan hutan tetapi tidak terwujud, perusahaan konsumen besar lain seperti Cargill, Pizza Hut dan Dunkin Donut harus mengikuti langkah ini dan menghapus Sinar Mas dari rantai pasokan mereka.”

Pernyataan Burger King, yang juga dirilis melalui halaman facebook mereka menyatakan, “kami percaya laporan itu telah menunjukkan hal valid mengenai beberapa praktek keberlanjutan Sinar produksi minyak sawit Sinar Mas dan dampaknya terhadap hutan hujan. Praktek ini tidak sejalan dengan komitmen tanggung jawab perusahaan kami. Sebagai hasilnya, kami telah memutuskan tidak akan lagi membeli minyak sawit dari Sinar Mas atau anak perusahaannya.” (1) Dengan mengambil langkah ini, Burger King bergabung dengan perusahaan seperti Nestle, Kraft, Unilever yang telah terlebih dahulu menghentikan kontrak langsungnya dengan Sinar Mas akibat praktek merusaknya di lapangan.

Keputusan ini merupakan pukulan lebih lanjut kepada Sinar Mas, yang pekan lalu dikritik oleh BSI, auditor independen, karena telah menyalahartikan hasil audit saat mengumumkan dan menyajikannya kepada publik. (2) Pernyataan BSI ini memperlihatkan bagaimana Divisi Kelapa Sawit Sinar Mas, secara salah mengklaim bahwa mereka ‘beroperasi secara bertanggung jawab dan sesuai dengan hukum’ tetapi juga membenarkan bahwa dari 11 konsesi yang diaudit, delapan diantaranya melakukan operasi tanpa AMDAL yang diperlukan dan membuka lahan gambut yang menurut hukum Indonesia adalah ilegal.

Nur Hidayati melanjutkan “Pemerintah Indonesia harus menghentikan perusahaan seperti Sinar Mas menghancurkan hutan dan memperparah perubahan iklim dengan memastikan moratorium termasuk konsesi yang sudah diberikan, serta memastikan adanya perlindungan segera terhadap lahan gambut.”

Greenpeace adalah organisasi kampanye global yang independen, yang beraksi untuk mengubah sikap dan perilaku, menjaga dan melindungi lingkungan, dan mempromosikan perdamaian.

Catatan Editor:

(1) Burger King mengumumkan keputusannya di Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/notes/burger-king/sinar-mas-decision/148811488472433

(2) Pernyataan ini tersedia di http://www.bsigroup.com/en/About-BSI/News-Room/BSI-News-Content/General/Verifying-Greenpeace-Claims-report-BSI-Group-issues-clarification-and-summary-statement/ The audit was conducted by BSI and Control Union, supported by Professors from Bogor University. It is available at: http://www.goldenagri.com.sg/newsroom_verification.php.

Kontak:
Nur Hidayati, Indonesia Country Representative – Greenpeace Asia Tenggara, Tel: +62 81319809441
Martin Baker, Direktur Komunikasi Greenpeace Asia Tenggara, Tel: +62 81315829513

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Burger King cancels palm oil contract with Rainforest destroyer Sinar Mas
Decision follows producers own audit confirming illegalities and broken promises

Jakarta, 3 September, 2010 – Burger King has announced that it is cancelling its palm oil contracts with one of the worst rainforest destroyers on the planet – Sinar Mas.

By doing so Burger King becomes the first company to cut its palm oil contract with Sinar Mas since the producer’s audit was made public last month. It showed that the company has been operating in breach of Indonesian law by clearing peatlands and forests without the required permits

Responding to the news, Nur Hidayati, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Indonesia Country Representative said, “Greenpeace welcomes this news from Burger King, which clearly shows that Sinar Mas’ attempts to spin and greenwash the conclusions of the audit have not worked. Until such a time as Sinar Mas commits to rainforest and implements peatland protection, other major corporate consumers like Cargill, Pizza Hut and Dunkin’ Donuts should follow its lead and remove Sinar Mas from their supply chains.”

Burger King’s statement, released on facebook, reads “we believe the report has raised valid concerns about some of the sustainability practices of Sinar Mas’ palm oil production and its impact on the rainforest. These practices are inconsistent with our corporate responsibility commitments. As a result, we have decided we will no longer purchase palm oil from Sinar Mas or its subsidiaries.” (1) By taking this action, Burger King is joining companies like Nestlé, Kraft, Unilever who have already stopped its direct contracts with Sinar Mas on the grounds of its destructive practices.

This decision is another blow to Sinar Mas, who were last week publicly reprimanded by one of the report’s independent auditors, BSI, for having “misreported [the audit] as it has been published and presented”. (2) BSI’s statement showed how Sinar Mas’ palm oil arm, wrongly claimed that they ‘operate responsibly and within the laws’ confirming that in eight out of 11 concessions audited, forest clearance was conducted without the necessary environmental permits and that deep peat forest was cleared in breach of Indonesian law.

Hidayati continued “The Indonesian Government must stop groups like Sinar Mas wrecking forests and driving climate change by ensuring the proposed moratorium includes a halt to all forest clearance, including within existing concessions, and ensure immediate protection of all peat lands.”

Greenpeace is an independent, global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment, and to promote peace.

Note to editors:

(1) The Burger Kind announcement was made on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/notes/burger-king/sinar-mas-decision/148811488472433
(2) The statement is available at:
http://www.bsigroup.com/en/About-BSI/News-Room/BSI-News-Content/General/Verifying-Greenpeace-Claims-report-BSI-Group-issues-clarification-and-summary-statement/

The audit was conducted by BSI and Control Union, supported by Professors from Bogor University. It is available at:
http://www.goldenagri.com.sg/newsroom_verification.php.

Contacts:
Nur Hidayati, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Indonesia Country Representative, Tel: +62 81319809441
Martin Baker, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Communications Director, Tel: +62 81315829513