Our world's natural resources are being exploited to make countless everyday products, from chicken produced by soy-fed animals to soaps made with palm oil. Many companies involved in these global supply chains are wreaking havoc on our planet’s life support systems.
And this environmental destruction comes hand in hand with human rights abuses, particularly for people in poorer countries. These communities bear the brunt of deforestation, land grabbing and displacement, while global corporations reap the profits.
While many of us are conscious about the choices we make, shady practices from businesses behaving badly make it hard to see the impact of what we buy. But they must be held accountable for any damage they cause.
That’s why, together with the Corporate Justice Coalition, we're part of the Good Business Matters campaign, calling for a new UK law that requires companies to avoid harm to people and planet in their supply chains.
Indigenous leaders from Sarawak visited the UK to demand an end to Malaysian timber greenwashing. Together we staged a dramatic rainforest funeral in Tate Modern, before delivering letters to the UK government and King Charles.
Manchester Friends of the Earth ran a stall at 4 Coldplay gigs, engaging concert-goers in the campaign. Volunteers added around 800 signatures to our petition and profiled our coalition partners through powerful images of deforestation and resistance.
Alongside young activists from Friends of the Earth Netherlands and our Climate. Youth. Society. programme, we attended Unilever's AGM to ask the board how it’s ensuring its supply chains are free from environmental and human rights abuses.
With allies in Indonesia and the Netherlands, we demonstrated at Unilever’s headquarters and Merseyside factory and delivered letters from Indigenous Peoples, calling on Unilever to stop buying conflict palm oil. The community in Kabuyu, Indonesia also held a protest.
International campaign Clean Up the Tropical Timber Trade (CUT), of which Friends of the Earth is a member, took part in the biodiversity march at Extinction Rebellion's The Big One. CUT is calling on the UK to suspend imports of unsustainable timber from Malaysia.
Our allies at WALHI (Friends of the Earth Indonesia) have been pioneering community forest management for decades. This involves promoting land rights and community control of natural resources, with 1.1 million hectares of forest protected.
Timber giant Samling has bowed to international pressure and withdrawn its defamation lawsuit against campaigners SAVE Rivers, who’d been highlighting Samling’s logging of Indigenous lands and primary rainforest without consent. Friends of the Earth joined the #StoptheSLAPP campaign opposing Samling's bullying tactics to silence protest.