On 16 May 2022, Mighty Earth released the Rapid Response Report 39. The report claimed that between April 2021 and March 2022, a total of 340 ha of forest (indicative HCS) was cleared in the PT SSS concession. In the same report, there was also allegation related to PT Usaha Sawit Unggul (PT USU) of clearing forest in the same period.
According to the report, PT TKWL is link to PT SSS and PT USU. In a revised report, Mighty Earth also claimed that two other companies, PT Asia Sawit Lestari (PT ASL) and PT Prima Mas Lestari (PT PML) is link to PT SSS. Meanwhile, PT USU owns by company that has link to PT SSS and TKWL
Apical seek clarification from PT TKWL as our supplier regarding the issue and the link between the company and PT SSS as well as PT USU.
PT TKWL clarified that the company is not associated to PT SSS and PT USU. They also informed that they never buy or received any FFBs from PT SSS and PT USU.
Apical also reached out to PT ASL and PT PML for their feedback regarding the alleged link to PT SSS and PT USU. Both companies denied the allegation and informed that they are not associated to PT SSS or USU.