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Nissin Foods is a laggard company with a weak palm oil commitment that relies solely on the inadequate Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification system and lacks requirements for suppliers to end destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights. As a matter of urgency, Nissin Foods needs to adopt a global responsible palm oil procurement policy that includes a time-bound plan to cut Conflict Palm Oil.

Current Palm Oil Commitment (August 2013):

Has a public commitment to reach a “goal of utilizing 100% usage of sustainable palm oil starting with the USA by the end of 2015.”

Weaknesses in Palm Oil Commitment:

No additional requirements for suppliers to end destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights

No assertive deadline for eliminating Conflict Palm Oil from global operations 

No requirement for palm oil to be traceable to the plantation level

No requirement for compliance across suppliers’ entire operations

No requirement for an immediate moratorium on the destruction of rainforests and peatlands across grower entire operations

No requirement for independent verification of supplier compliance with responsible palm oil production practices, including no destruction of rainforests, peatlands or abuse of human and labor rights

No commitment or procedures to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil suppliers

No commitment to transparent reporting on progress towards full implementation of commitment

No public time-bound implementation plan, with clear performance based milestones for achieving traceable, transparent and independently verified supply chains

No requirement for public transparency from palm oil growers, refiners, and traders

Relies solely on the inadequate Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification system

Current status:

Ongoing sourcing from unknown plantations and high risk regions

Company products at extreme risk of contamination with Conflict Palm Oil,

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