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Campbell Soup Company has emerged as a frontrunner as it has released a responsible palm oil commitment that requires its suppliers to comply with a higher standard than the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by ending the destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights across entire operations.

In order to drive real change, Campbell Soup Company should publish a time-bound plan and establish robust risk assessment and verification procedures that require all suppliers to verify that they have cut Conflict Palm Oil by an ambitious deadline.

Current Palm Oil Commitment (2016):

Requires suppliers to go beyond the inadequate standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and end the destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights

Applies to all branded products or in all countries where products are made and sold

Sets a deadline to source traceable to the mill by 2016 and to the plantation by 2018, or 2020 at the latest

Requires compliance across its suppliers’ entire operations

Requires independent, third-party verification of supplier compliance with responsible palm oil production practices, on the destruction of rainforests, peatlands or abuse of human and labor rights

Has a commitment to annually report on progress towards the implementation of its own palm oil commitments

Weaknesses in Palm Oil Commitment:

No assertive deadline for suppliers to achieve independent verification of compliance with responsible palm oil production practices, including no destruction of rainforests, peatlands or abuse of human and labor rights

No requirement for an immediate moratorium on the destruction of rainforests and peatlands across grower entire operations

No published procedures to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil suppliers

No public time-bound implementation plan, with clear performance based milestones for achieving traceable, transparent and independently verified supply chains

No requirement for public transparency from palm oil growers, refiners, and traders 

Current status:

Ongoing sourcing from unknown plantations and high risk regions

Company products at high risk of contamination with Conflict Palm Oil

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