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The Kraft Heinz Company has lagged behind its peers for years in efforts to address the impact of its palm oil supply chain. The company recently released a responsible palm oil commitment that requires its suppliers to comply with higher standards than the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by ending the destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights.

In order to drive real change, The Kraft Heinz Company should require compliance across its suppliers’entire operations, and publish a time-bound plan with an assertive deadline to cut Conflict Palm Oil.

Current Palm Oil Commitment: (March 2017)

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

Requires palm oil to be traceable to the palm oil mill level

Applies to all branded products in all countries where products are made and sold, with the exception of ‘manufacturers not directly’ under its control

Has a commitment to establish internal guidelines for accepted methods of verifying supplier compliance with its policy but maintains its reliance on the inadequate Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Has a commitment to transparent reporting on progress towards full implementation of commitment

Weaknesses:

No assertive deadline for eliminating Conflict Palm Oil from all branded products and global operations

No requirement for palm oil to be traceable to the plantation level

No requirement for compliance across suppliers’ entire operations

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

No specified requirement for independent verification of supplier compliance with responsible palm oil production practices, including no destruction of rainforests, peatlands or abuse of human and labor rights

No published commitment or procedures to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil suppliers

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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