Nissin Foods’ Top Ramen Comes Dead Last
Top Ramen isn’t exactly the world’s healthiest food, but most people don’t know how bad it is for rainforests — and the people and animals who depend on them.
Nissin Foods sells around 1.5 billion servings each year of its globally popular Top Ramen and Cup Noodle products, but the company has long suffered from a lack of transparency in its supply chain and Conflict Palm Oil in its products.
Thanks to efforts by RAN’s Japan-based team, Nissin Foods has committed to stricter “No Deforestation” policies in the last decade — including their promise to cut off palm oil suppliers that abuse human rights — but these interventions don’t go nearly far enough.
Nissin Foods has only set the target for 100% “sustainable” palm oil by 2030, but the planet can’t wait that long.
In 2013, Nissin Foods updated its palm-oil procurement policy under activist pressure, prohibiting deforestation, forest fires, development on carbon-rich peatlands and Indigenous rights violations. But Nissin Foods declined to fully implement these policies until 2030.
The only problem is that 2030 is the indisputable, internationally-agreed cutoff to reduce global emissions by half to avoid the most disastrous effects of climate change. When it comes to eliminating deforestation from global supply chains — one of the major drivers of global warming — we have no time to waste.
Nissin Foods — noodles of destruction.
Tens of thousands of concerned citizens across Japan, the US and the world are speaking up against Nissin Foods, and RAN is helping lead the way.
Consumer pressure will continue to push Nissin Foods to take immediate action to keep forests standing and respect the rights of communities and workers impacted by its global consumption of forest-risk commodities. Let them hear your voice today.