CENTRAL KALIMANTAN, Indonesia: Environmental group Greenpeace on Wednesday accused United States consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble of responsibility for the destruction of Indonesian rainforests and the habitat of endangered orangutans and tigers.
In an extensive new report, Greenpeace said the company was using Indonesian palm oil from suppliers with links to the destruction of ancient rainforest, haze-inducing forest fires and an orangutan “graveyard.”
The company uses Indonesian palm oil in its popular household products, including Head & Shoulders and Pantene shampoos and Gillette shaving gel.
“The maker of Head & Shoulders needs to stop bringing rainforest destruction into our showers. It must clean up its act and guarantee its customers that these products are forest-friendly,” said Greenpeace’s Indonesian forest campaign head Bustar Maitar.
Procter & Gamble were not immediately available for comment. The company’s website says it is “committed to growing our business responsibly” and has introduced sustainability scorecards for suppliers.
P&G is the latest company to be targeted by Greenpeace as the campaign group seeks to embarrass major firms it accuses of sourcing Indonesian palm oil and paper from suppliers that cause environmental destruction.
Borneo, which is shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, has lost half its trees to logging and mining in recent decades but still has vast tracts of untouched forest.
The report urged P&G to join other leading companies, which have committed to implementing a no-deforestation policy.
Greenpeace’s campaigns have caused several global companies, including Unilever, Nestle and L’Oreal, to commit to zero deforestation, though some plan to implement their policies in coming years.
Many palm oil and paper companies, such as Asia Pulp & Paper, have made such commitments after losing major clients because of Greenpeace’s campaigns.