A year after the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) exposed how corrupt Government officials and military personnel in Vietnam are complicit in smuggling huge quantities of illegal timber from Cambodia, new investigations reveal the industrial-scale theft continues
Determining that stand-alone laws in the EU and USA to combat illegal timber trade can be used in concert, EIA reported the US distributors of two of the UK’s largest luxury yacht manufacturers to the US Department of Justice after investigations revealed Burmese teak traded in breach of EU rules entered supply chains.
The Dutch Food and Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, or NVWA) has found Dutch timber company Boogaerdt Hout to be in breach of the Due Diligence requirements of the EUTR. The decision follows the submission of evidence by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
Action by HSBC, which triggered an investigation into a palm oil sector subsidiary of Noble Group, one of its own clients, has resulted in thousands of hectares of primary rainforest in the heart of Papua getting a second chance after evidence showed Noble Plantations was preparing to clear 18,000 hectares of forest
Timber logged illegally in and around a rogue oil palm plantation is still being certified as legal under Indonesia’s flagship timber certification system despite repeated NGO reports to police, forestry enforcement officials and certification professionals, the new EIA report Still Permitting Crime reveals