The ban on Sime Darby is another blow to an industry that has faced mounting allegations of labour and human rights abuses.
Below are harrowing accounts of brutality told by women who are among the millions toiling away on vast plantations across Indonesia and Malaysia, producing oil that ends up in supply chains of big names like L’Oreal, Unilever and Procter & Gamble.
EU had earlier imposed duties on biodiesel imports from Indonesia saying it was needed to level the playing field for its producers. Neighbouring Malaysia, the world's second-biggest palm oil producer, has also threatened WTO action against the EU.
At the UNGA in September, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said India "invaded and occupied" the disputed region. His comments lead to Indian traders calling for a boycott of Malaysian palm oil.
The recent sentencing of separatists is likely to fuel more anger and resentment among the Anglophone population and alienate them from the Francophone-dominated government, but the dialogue can reverse hard feelings.
EU lobbies are protecting unsustainable industries at the expense of free trade and poverty alleviation.
Are Nestle, Unilever and others going the "Big Brother" route by using satellites to track tree felling in certain countries?
Robert Gitta is one such boat-maker whose income has seen a gradual drop due to the deforestation caused by the plantations for palm-oil production.
An x-ray showed at least 130 airgun pellets in the great ape's body, including more than 70 in its head, the Center for Orangutan Protection said.
Today the global edible birds nest industry is estimated to be worth $5 billion, most of it produced in Southeast Asia.
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