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Palm oil, pulp companies commit to zero-tolerance policy for orangutan killing

December 08, 2011
"If any of their employees are caught killing, hurting, selling, etc. individual animals of any endangered species, the employee will be immediately suspended and the charge investigated and reported to the police,"
- Birute Mary Galdikas, the founder of Orangutan Foundation International

Two Indonesian plantation companies have signed an agreement to train workers not to kill or injure orangutans and other protected species.

The agreement was brokered by the Indonesian government between Orangutan Foundation International (OFI), a non-profit with operations in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, and two major plantation firms: PT Smart, one of Indonesia's largest palm oil producers, and PT Lontar Papyrus, which supplies wood-pulp to Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). Both companies are holdings of the Sinar Mas Group.

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