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.
Want help locating a PepsiCo vending machine, soda machine, or store display near you? Here’s a list of some popular PepsiCo products and restaurants that have Pepsi soda machines or promotional displays.
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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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. Here are some key messages and facts for you to use in organizing your own #ChallengePepsi action in your own community:
Thank you for signing up to join the global movement of activists taking action to #ChallengePepsi! This is an incredibly powerful tactic, interrupting PepsiCo’s business at the point-of-sale with its customers. Check out the tools below to get started today.
PepsiCo has set the 30th of October as the deadline for publishing its Action Plan, a time-bound plan that will outline how or if it will demand an end to deforestation, climate pollution and human rights abuses from Indofood, its joint-venture partner in Indonesia. That means that between now and October 30th, we need to have a huge impact with this tactic by declaring PepsiCo machines and store displays “Out of Order” and ensuring that PepsiCo representatives see your work around the world.
PepsiCo's Indonesia-sized loophole is not in order with a responsible palm oil policy. You can read more about how destructive Indofood is in our recently released report available at the bottom of this page. Exposing this loophole and demanding PepsiCo do better is why we’re asking you to #ChallengePepsi
You can stand with communities fighting to protect their lands, livelihoods and Indonesia’s rainforests from companies driving the expansion of the palm oil used in PepsiCo’s snack foods. Take action today to tell PepsiCo that all its products, wherever they are sold, must be free of community land theft, worker harassment and abuse, deforestation, or climate pollution through rampant forest fires and peatlands clearance.
Follow these easy steps to #ChallengePepsi:
Take Action - Post “Out of Order” signs on Pepsi vending machines, soda fountains, or store displays (including Frito Lay machines, which are owned by PepsiCo). This is simple and fun––but more importantly, it gets our message directly between PepsiCo and its customers. Need help finding a PepsiCo machine? Here are a few places we’ve spotted them.
Make Your Action Public - Sharing the image of your sign is one of the most important parts of this action! We need to ensure that PepsiCo sees that people worldwide are demanding change. Your photo doesn’t need to be high quality––a simple cell phone picture is great. There are 3 ways we recommend sharing your photos:
You can upload to Facebook––either directly to your page, making sure that the post settings are set to “Public” and you’ve used the tag #ChallengePepsi, or by uploading directly to Pepsi’s Facebook page with the same hashtag. Either one is great.
You can Tweet your photo––please include the location and the @Pepsi handle along with the #ChallengePepsi hashtag
We need this tactic to catch fire so we can show PepsiCo that people around the world are standing with Indonesia. We are standing up against land grabbing. We are standing up against modern day slavery We are standing up against deforestation and climate pollution. We are standing in solidarity with communities in Indonesia fighting to stop the expansion of Conflict Palm Oil on their lands.
Stand with us. Stand with Indonesia. Take action today, and tomorrow, and every day until the 30th of October.
This is an all hands on deck moment in the fight against Conflict Palm Oil. After years of pressure, PepsiCo has finally adopted a new palm oil policy, but it leaves a loophole big enough to drive a bulldozer through. The loophole gives a free pass for ‘business as usual’ palm oil production to Indofood: one of the largest palm oil growers in the world, the biggest food company in Indonesia, and the sole maker of PepsiCo products in Indonesia.
Now is a critical time to #ChallengePepsi. So we're calling on people around the world to help declare PepsiCo’s vending machines, soda machines, and store displays "Out of Order" to demand it closes this destructive loophole.
The time to #ChallengePepsi is NOW.
PepsiCo has set the 30th of October as the deadline for publishing its Action Plan, a time-bound plan that will outline how or if it will demand an end to deforestation, climate pollution and human rights abuses from Indofood, its joint-venture partner in Indonesia. We need this tactic to catch fire so we can show PepsiCo that people around the world are demanding that it close this destructive loophole.
Stand with us. Stand with Indonesia. Stand with communities fighting to protect their lands, livelihoods and Indonesia’s rainforests from companies driving the expansion of the palm oil used in PepsiCo’s snack foods.
Take action today, and tomorrow, and every day until the 30th of October.
What more info? Read the new report released by Rainforest Action Network and Rainforest Foundation Norway that exposes Indofood’s destructive practices.
Get more resources to take action here.