Indonesia is the largest producer and exporter of palm oil globally, and Malaysia accounts for more than 90 percent of exports to the United States. Both countries are known for their monopoly on palm oil production, and for the high volume of environmental and human rights abuses in palm oil production.
These abuses have prompted the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) to fight the palm oil plantations that they believe are perpetuating these violations. On September 12, 2013, RAN announced a new campaign to put an end to irresponsible palm oil manufacture. It singled out 20 household snack food companies whose influence they believe can help incite the change needed. Called the "Snack Food 20," the selected companies include Campbell's Soup, Hillshire Brands, PepsiCo, Hershey, Kraft Food Group and more.
"We have collected these 20 companies because they are global brands and household names and they have the influence and power to engage their supply chains and tell their suppliers that they want responsible palm oil," RAN communications manager Laurel Sutherlin told Truthout.
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