- Greenpeace, as part of its longstanding effort to ‘greenmail’ developing country corporations into adopting ‘sustainable’ practices, is colluding with US industry and targeting big box store stationary retailers Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples to cease sourcing paper products from Asia.
- Allegations by Greenpeace against Wilmar International, Sinar Mas, and Cargill have proven unfounded in the past, illustrating a history of launching attacks against large companies without fully investigating the claims. Greenpeace is more interested in changing corporate behavior than getting their facts straight.
- Greenpeace waged a PR campaign against Nestlé, hijacking one of the company’s star brands. In a clear case of “greenmailing” Greenpeace, unsatisfied with Nestlé’s sourcing and sustainability policy, launched an attack on the Kit Kat brand. Unwilling to allow their investment in the product to get tarnished, Nestle acquiesced to the demands of Greenpeace and changed their CSR policy.
- Despite the unsaid assertion in its report, “Sinar Mas is Pulping Planet”, that Sinar Mas is breaking the law, Greenpeace is unable to cite any instance of illegal conduct. The report represents the ongoing efforts by the group to unilaterally define what is wrong, and pressure companies to give in to their demands.
- In 2000, Greenpeace claimed that 90 per cent of timber extraction in the Amazon was illegal and that it presented the ‘greatest threat’ to the Amazon’s forests. In 2004, it made similar claims against the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Indonesian forest industries. In all cases, no robust or defensible methodologies support the claims. Moreover, they have ignored all expert assessments on illegal logging on the public record which question the extent of the claims on illegal logging.
- Not satisfied with simply imposing a barrier to the US market to keep out Chinese and Indonesian pulp and paper products, Greenpeace is also pressuring printers to not buy products sourced from these two countries.