Wilmar refutes deforestation allegations; reiterates independence from scandal-hit Gama Corp

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SINGAPORE (July 5): Wilmar International says it will be strengthening and reaffirming its commitment towards its No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) Policy, following news of the resignation of co-founder Martua Sitorus and Indonesia head Hendri Saksti.

The group stressed that it operates independently from Gama Plantation, a related palm oil business under fire for allegedly causing massive deforestation in Indonesia. Gama Corp is owned by Sitorus, and his brother Ganda. Saksti is Sitorus' brother-in-law.

This comes after environmental watchdog Greenpeace International on Wednesday accused Wilmar of trying to shift the blame for its own failings... (Click here to read the full story)