Palm oil company pledge to halt deforestation boosts calls for government reform

Indonesia’s second-largest palm oil grower, Astra Agro Lestari, pledged to halt deforestation, peatland destruction and labor violations in its palm oil plantations. The strong commitment goes further than the deforestation moratorium the company announced in June, and could also have deeper political ramifications in Indonesia as companies are looking to the Indonesian government to enact meaningful forest reform to level the playing field.

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