Following two years of escalating public outcry over its use of Conflict Palm Oil, PepsiCo released a new palm oil commitment on September 21, 2015 that environmental and human rights organizations immediately labeled as both inadequate and incomplete.
PepsiCo’s newly announced commitment specifically exempts its joint venture partner Indofood from adhering to its heightened social and environmental standards. Indofood produces the PepsiCo products containing palm oil in Indonesia. It is the third largest private palm oil company in Indonesia and remains the last company among the top three palm oil growers yet to adopt a responsible palm oil policy.
A report released today by Rainforest Action Network and Rainforest Foundation Norway and written by Aidenvironment, titled “Palm Oil Sustainability Assessment of Indofood Agri Resources,” presents an assessment of Indofood’s policies and practices against the higher responsible palm oil production standards set by its competitors and customers. Research, satellite analysis, field investigations and interviews with civil society groups identified a number of cases that demonstrate “business as usual” practices for Indofood means the clearing and burning of rainforests and long-standing cases of social conflict and human rights violations.
The report also highlights Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, one of the world’s largest investors, which has shares in a parent company of Indofood. The Norwegian Pension Fund has recently excluded companies similar to Indofood from its investments portfolio due to violations of the Pension Fund’s ethical guidelines. It is recommended that the Norwegian Pension Fund investigate the activities of Indofood and consider exclusion or divestment from Indofood’s parent company if the policies and practice of the company are not improved significantly.
Read RAN and RFN's summary, “Indofood: PepsiCo’s Indonesian Palm Oil Problem.”
Read the full report, “Palm Oil Sustainability Assessment of Indofood Agri Resources.”
PepsiCo’s new palm oil policy has a loophole the size of Indonesia, which means more deforestation, human rights abuses and climate pollution may end up in PepsiCo branded products. We’re demanding that it close this destructive loophole by October 30th.
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COMMON LOCATIONSPublic ParksLibrariesLaundromatsCollege/University CampusesTourist DestinationsSporting Events/VenuesConvenience Stores (fountains and promotional displays)Gas stations (fountains and exterior promotional displays)Grocery Stores (promotional displays)Amusement Parks
RESTAURANTS WITH PEPSI SODA MACHINESTaco BellPanera BreadPizza HutArby’sKFCQuiznos
DRINKSPepsi Diet PepsiMountain DewAquafinaGatoradeTropicanaLipton teas (PepsiCo/Unilever partnership)7 UpSierra MistNaked Juice
FOOD PRODUCTSLay'sCheetosRufflesRold Gold PretzelsRice-A-Roni Cap'n Crunch cereal Life cerealFritosQuaker OatsDoritos TostitosAunt JemimaWalkers Potato CrispsSun ChipsCracker Jack
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