After the allegations were released, Wilmar said that it was was "currently reviewing our business practices, including our sourcing policy, working with certain international supply chain experts."
Environmentalists weren't the only people upset by the company's practices. Kuok said in a 2013 statement:
"We know from our customers and other stakeholders that there is a strong and rapidly growing demand for traceable, deforestation-free palm oil ... and we intend to meet it."
Lately, the "palm oil king" has followed through with big changes. In December, Kuok's company announced a policy to prohibit deforestation and destruction of peatlands, or wetlands with thick, rich soil that are important carbon sinks and absorb greenhouse gases, in its supply chain - a major move. At the same time, Unilever, the second-largest palm oil company, joined the fray, pledging to source only traceable palm oil by the end of 2014.
In January, Wilmar also became the first in the industry to offer outsiders, from customers to environmentalists, access to information about its 800 mills in Indonesia and Malaysia. The online dashboard of mills can be used to identify supplier plantations that are clearing forests against the company's policies. This has already happened more than once, and Wilmar ordered the supplier to stop clear-cutting forests. The step was seen as a major one, especially from such an enormous company.