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All seven pig iron producers in Maranhão state, Brazil have signed and environmental agreement to protect the Amazon rainforest, which aims to stop the supply of charcoal from deforestation, and control the encroachment into indigenous lands and the use of forced labour.
This follows a two-year Greenpeace investigation into the environmental impact of the pig iron industry in the region, which culminated in May 2012, when activists occupied the anchor chain of the Clipper Hope, a barge that carries pig iron. Now Greenpeace is calling for leading US Companies such as Ford and General Motors to help enforce the agreement.
Brazil is a major producer of all grades of pig iron, including Basic, Foundry and High Purity S.G Pig Iron, with a large percentage supplied to the North American market. Greenpeace has long argued that Pig iron from this region is often processed using charcoal produced from rainforests, which is often illegally logged and is ‘cooked' in clay ovens by workers in very poor working conditions.
Asmet would like to stress that none of our Pig Iron is supplied from pig producers linked to these environmental issues.
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