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Ending Conflict Palm Oil: In PepsiCo’s Hands

Did you know that PepsiCo uses immense amounts of conflict palm oil every year?

Conflict palm oil is palm oil produced in a way that is driving the last populations of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers, and rhinos to the edge of extinction.

Tragically, some of the most biologically diverse landscapes in the world, home to countless species of birds, plants and mammals, are being lost at an astonishing rate, replaced by endless rows of industrial palm plantations. In fact, globally-important tropical rainforests like the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, are being destroyed right before our eyes for the unchecked expansion of conflict palm oil, all of it driven by demand from brands like Pepsico.

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The last wild herds of Sumatran elephants are threatened by the expansion of Conflict Palm Oil

Making matters even worse, roughly 3.5 million people work on palm oil plantations across Indonesia and Malaysia.

Many workers even face modern day slavery with no option to escape.

Each day these workers face routine labor abuses including being systematically cheated out of fair pay and benefits, exposure to toxic chemicals, and being forced to bring children and spouses to work to meet unreasonable daily quotas.

A recent report by Rainforest Action Network, Indonesian labor advocacy organization OPPUK and the International Labor Rights Forum documented many of these abuses in the operations of Pepsico’s controversial Indonesian palm oil supplier and snack food producer, Indofood.

All for cheap conflict palm oil.

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Recent investigations found that workers were forced to bring children to work to meet unreasonable daily quotas.

So what does your community have to do with child labor, species extinction, rainforest destruction and massive carbon pollution from deforestation? Unfortunately, everything.

Global snack food giant PepsiCo has its headquarters in Purchase, NY and the company uses hundreds of thousands of tons of palm oil each year.

For the past two years, concerned consumers around the world have urged, begged and demanded PepsiCo take action and address its conflict palm oil problem. Unfortunately, PepsiCo continues to turn a blind eye to the social conflict and environmental destruction in its supply chain. Compared to the actions of its peers in the Snack Food 20, PepsiCo falls further and further behind as it churns out inadequate paper commitments that leave major loopholes for its products produced in Indonesia by its controversial Indonesian business partner Indofood.

For the past 50 years, PepsiCo has worked to build a legacy centered on innovation, leadership and care for communities and the environment. It is now positioned at a crossroads: will it take this historic opportunity and use its global influence in the palm oil industry to end conflict palm oil? Or will the company continue to allow its logo to be placed on products directly connected to these egregious violations?

As a member of PepsiCo’s community you can help change the hearts and minds of executives.

As a member of PepsiCo’s community, or perhaps an employee of the company, you play a crucial role in changing the hearts and minds of executives that have the power to make a difference on this issue. For our community here in and around Westchester County, and for the communities impacted by the spread of conflict palm oil, we must demand better.

If we lead, PepsiCo’s executives will follow. PepsiCo must take responsibility for its impact on the global climate, on the future of critical endangered species like the Sumatran orangutan and elephant, on our last remaining rainforests, and for the families who live and work there.

We need your help!   

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We’re reaching the tipping point in our efforts to cut conflict palm oil from our food supply and shift the demand to truly responsible palm oil. Working together, PepsiCo can and will be a leader in global efforts to address the social and environmental impacts of palm oil.

Together, we can drive real change to the forest floor, and break the link between human and workers’ rights violations, deforestation and climate destruction, and the snack foods that line our grocery store shelves.

Take action today by signing the open letter.

You can start taking action today by signing onto an open letter that appeals to Ms. Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, to lead the company on a new path––one that will tackle the impact of the conflict palm oil in its global supply chain.

To learn more about PepsiCo’s conflict palm oil problem, read the report Indofood:PepsiCo’s Indonesian Palm Oil Problem. Share what you learn with your friends and family and inspire the community of PepsiCo workers in your neighborhood to end conflict palm oil.