Around the world rogue palm oil companies are destroying rainforests and violating the rights of Indigenous Peoples, rural communities and workers in order to produce Conflict Palm Oil, which is finding its way into hundreds of products lining American supermarket aisles. Since 1990, palm oil production has risen nearly six-fold to become the world’s most widely used edible vegetable oil.
This report profiles the palm oil plantation practices of one of Malaysia’s biggest palm oil producers, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK). Four examples of KLK’s practices in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Liberia illustrate the true costs of Conflict Palm Oil for people and the planet, including violations of land rights of Indigenous peoples and rural communities, tropical deforestation and the use of child and forced labor.
The corporations complicit in the production of Conflict Palm Oil – including the “Snack Food 20” group of companies like Kraft, Campbell Soup Company and ConAgra; global palm oil traders like Cargill; Conflict Palm Oil producers like KLK; and their financiers like HSBC – face a shared challenge. These companies must act to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from entering international supply chains and join together to shift global demand to responsible palm oil production.