- We shine a global spotlight on the breathtaking biodiversity in Sumatra’s last standing forests.
- We lobby the government and private companies to honour their commitments to environmental conservation
- We expose wildlife and forest crimes.
Following a four-year-long battle, we have succeeded in getting a palm oil company kicked out of a sustainability body for tearing down orangutan habitat. In 2012, seven orangutans were evacuated from an oil palm plantation managed by PT Sisirau in Aceh province, Sumatra. Read more
Previously hidden behind the term ‘vegetable oil’ on ingredients lists, palm oil is an ingredient found in up to half of packaged foods across Europe. The expansion of oil palm plantations in Sumatra has been one of the most significant drivers of deforestation. Our “Clear Labels, Not Forests” campaign resulted in a new EU regulation that specific vegetable oils must be labelled on food packaging. This will support increased demand for responsible palm oil, a crucial step in changing the practices of the industry.
At the start of 2016, a Sumatran orangutan named Pongky was finally granted the chance to return to the wild, after spending over ten years behind bars, first as a ‘pet’, and then in a zoo. We campaigned for more than two years for his freedom, and we are delighted that he will have the chance to return to the forest, where he belongs.