INVESTIGATIONS

Investigation

Grand Theft Chaco

30.09.2020The luxury cars made with leather from the stolen lands of an uncontacted tribe

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Investigation

Flatpacked Forests: Ikea's illegal timber problem & the flawed green label behind it

23.06.2020

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Timberleaks

EU firms buy timber from suspect at centre of $30m bribery case

03.06.2019 A slew of companies are purchasing wood from a supplier owned by the wife of Ukraine’s former forestry chief, even though a criminal case against the couple is ongoing

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Illegal Deforestation Monitor

Bad beef for UK shoppers?

05.05.2019Leading supermarkets in the UK and Europe are feeding illegal deforestation fears as corned beef imports from a corruption-hit Brazilian firm persist.

JBS, the world's biggest meatpacker, has faced multiple corruption charges, complicity in modern-day slavery and was fined $8m in 2017 for illegal Amazon deforestation yet retailers continue to stock its corned beef products.

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Investigation

The secret deal to destroy paradise

28.11.2018The story behind the single biggest threat to the rainforests of Indonesia. The secret deal to destroy paradise is the third installment of Indonesia for Sale.

Built around three main investigative reports into specific deals which saw local people’s land stolen for the development of palm oil plantations, the series was also supported by short films and picture stories.

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Timberleaks

US FLOORING GIANT BUYING WOOD FROM BRAZILIAN FIRM AT CENTRE OF ILLEGAL TIMBER SCANDAL

25.11.2018

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Investigation

COMPLICIT IN CORRUPTION

14.07.2018For two years Earthsight investigated illegal logging and timber corruption in Ukraine, and tracked connections to overseas markets. 

Complicit in Corruption: How billion-dollar firms and European governments are failing Ukraine's forests reveals how illegality permeates the timber supply chain in Ukraine from harvest to export.

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Timberleaks

Brazilian man goes on the run, accused of multiple murders - but US timber company still among top customers

26.04.2018

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Investigation

Ghosts in the machine

18.04.2018The land deals behind the downfall of Indonesia’s top judge. This is the second installment of Indonesia for Sale, an in-depth series on the corruption behind Indonesia’s deforestation and land rights crisis.

Built around three main investigative reports into specific deals which saw local people’s land stolen for the development of palm oil plantations, the series was also supported by short films and picture stories.


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Investigation

THE COMING STORM

12.03.2018An exposé into the destruction of the forests of the Congo Basin for industrial palm oil and rubber plantations. The Coming Storm reveals that 500sq km of forest has been bulldozed in the last five years and that the destruction is set to accelerate, as high-level corruption and some of the most notorious logging companies in the region combine to create a toxic mix.

Our investigation revealed that each of the largest logging firms in the Republic of Congo, DR Congo and Central African Republic are all now connected in some way with plantation projects clearing forests.

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Investigation

The palm oil fiefdom

11.10.2017A politician in Borneo turned his district into a sea of oil palm. Did it benefit the people who elected him, or the members of his family?

This article is the first installment of the Indonesia for Sale series. It is the product of nine months’ reporting across the Southeast Asian country, interviewing fixers, middlemen, lawyers and companies involved in land deals, and those most affected by them. Built around three main investigative reports into specific deals which saw local people’s land stolen for the development of palm oil plantations, the series was also supported by short films and picture stories.


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Investigation

Choice Cuts

05.07.2017An investigation exposing how European supermarkets are helping drive the most rapid tropical deforestation anywhere in the world. Charcoal produced from old-growth trees is being clear-felled in the Paraguayan dry Chaco forests and was found on sale in branches of Lidl, Aldi and Carrefour across Europe. 

These forests are home to jaguars, giant anteaters and the only tribe living in isolation in South America outside the Amazon. Our investigation took us from the remote forest to the top of the Paraguayan government, exposing the role of a powerful minister in the ransacking of the Chaco.


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