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The loss of forests worldwide accounts for roughly 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and forests are critical to regulating the climate, both locally and globally. Climate change has thrust the decades-long fight against deforestation back into the international spotlight. Deforestation is an urgent problem that has wide repercussions. But forests are not merely the lungs of the earth — they are also the greatest repositories of biological and cultural diversity on earth, and home to 350 million people, including at least 60 million indigenous peoples who have protected and defended forests since time immemorial. Friends of the Earth’s International Forests program works to address the root causes of forest destruction and the marginalization of forest-dwelling communities. We do this through our campaign on Land grabs, forests & finance, and our work to challenge forest carbon offsets.
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Nestlé suspends palm oil sourcing from Guatemalan company tied to corruption and ecocide
Nestlé suspends palm oil sourcing from Guatemalan company tied to corruption and ecocide

Nestlé’s decision to cut ties with REPSA is a step in the right direction and a victory for all the activists who have fought for years to bring REPSA’s actions to light.

Corruption scandal at palm oil company linked to environmental destruction and human rights abuses
Corruption scandal at palm oil company linked to environmental destruction and human rights abuses

Several executives with the Guatemalan palm oil company Reforestadora de Palmas AC (REPSA) face charges of corruption in a high-profile tax fraud investigation in Guatemala.

Agribusiness Giant Cargill Suspends Contract with Controversial Guatemalan Palm Oil Producer Over Environmental and Human Rights Violations
Agribusiness Giant Cargill Suspends Contract with Controversial Guatemalan Palm Oil Producer Over Environmental and Human Rights Violations

Land defenders continue to be under threat, and companies that have profited from activities in the region have a responsibility to prevent these threats.

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Guatemalan Palm Oil Supplier REPSA Caught up in Corruption and Bribery Scandal
Guatemalan Palm Oil Supplier REPSA Caught up in Corruption and Bribery Scandal

A Guatemalan palm oil company called Reforestadora de Palmas AC (REPSA) was charged with corruption last week in a high-profile investigation of systemic tax fraud in Guatemala.

Chronicle of a Palm Oil Ecocide
Chronicle of a Palm Oil Ecocide

In 2015, two massive pollution events in the Pasión River resulted in the death of tens of thousands of fish and affected the economic livelihood of least 12,000 people from 20 indigenous communities.

Guatemalan land defenders are under threat and need justice
Guatemalan land defenders are under threat and need justice

The best way to defend our lands, rivers and forests is to speak out for the defenders—the people at the front lines of these struggles—so they may live on to continue fighting for all of us.

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  • Invested in Exploitation? TIAA’s Ties to Land Grabbing and Deforestation
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  • Palm Oil Fact Sheet
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  • Are You Invested in Exploitation?
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