By any measure, 2014 was a turning point in the international movement to reform the notoriously destructive palm oil industry. Many of the sector’s biggest players announced groundbreaking, globally responsible palm oil commitments and pledged to eliminate forest and peatland destruction, human rights abuses, forced and child labor and climate pollution from their palm oil supply chains. At the same time, major corporate laggards, which have so far failed to keep pace with their peers and raise their palm oil policies to the new global benchmark for responsible palm oil production, need to get moving.
The Snack Food 20 laggards who have failed to put adequate policies and procurement practices in place, and are almost certainly using Conflict Palm Oil, are Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Nissin Foods, Tyson Foods and PepsiCo.
We need to convince each of these laggards to adopt a time-bound and truly responsible global palm oil procurement policy, which requires fully traceable, legally produced palm oil, and eliminates sourcing from companies which are destroying rainforests or carbon-rich peatlands, stealing community lands or violating human and workers’ rights.
Send your message now: Tell the laggards that you won't have deforestation, extinction or slavery in your home.
Your company is a laggard in the global race against time to cut Conflict Palm Oil. Conflict Palm Oil is enslaving children, killing endangered orangutans, and destroying the rainforest. I will not stand for it in my home. Your company has failed to take a first step by adopting a responsible palm oil commitment that sets the bar above the inadequate standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). To earn my dollars you must first earn, and keep, my trust. To ever regain my trust, your company must adopt a time-bound responsible palm oil policy and eliminate Conflict Palm Oil contamination from its products. Your company has so far failed to keep pace with its peers and raise its palm oil policies to the new global benchmark for responsible palm oil production, and it needs to get moving. I encourage your company to secure a new, globally responsible palm oil procurement policy and implementation plan which ensures that the palm oil in your company’s supply chain is fully traceable, legally grown, and sourced from verified responsible palm oil producers unassociated with deforestation, expansion onto carbon-rich peatlands or human and labor rights violations. Your company must fully fix its Conflict Palm Oil problem. Half measures, greenwashing, or sleek marketing will simply not suffice. I have made a stand to protect the last wild orangutans. I will not stand by brands that use Conflict Palm Oil.