Nissin Foods Suspends Problematic Palm Oil Companies; Environmental NGOs Attend Nissin’s 75th AGM, Demand Stronger Steps to Protect Forests

Nissin Foods publishes grievance list for the first time at annual shareholders meeting; RAN delivers 50,000+ petition and provides details on problems in Nissin supply chain.

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Rainforest Action Network (RAN)



(28 June 2023 — Tokyo, Japan) Environmental groups including Rainforest Action Network (RAN) participated in the 75th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Nissin Foods Holdings today, urging Nissin to take action against deforestation, human rights abuses, and illegal palm oil plantations. The groups called for “responsible palm oil procurement” — meaning palm oil that is sourced without deforestation, human rights abuses and illegal plantation development. 

Before the shareholder meeting, Nissin Foods published its ‘Grievance List’ for the first time. The list announced the status of the actions in response to grievances filed with the company — including the suspension of transactions with palm oil companies that have been identified as environmentally and socially problematic. Prior to the AGM, RAN submitted a petition with more than 50,000 signatures from Japan and abroad demanding action on these issues.

Before the AGM, staff and volunteers from RAN, HUTAN Group and JATAN held banners in front of the Hotel New Otani Osaka, the venue of the AGM, reading “Nissin Foods, Stop Conflict Palm Oil. Do It Now!”, to expose flaws in Nissin Foods’ commitment to “100% sustainable palm oil procurement” (1), and to emphasize the need to urgently tackle issues of tropical forest conservation, ecosystem protection and respect for human rights.

In 2019 and 2022, RAN conducted field investigations in Indonesia and pointed out cases such as illegal palm oil produced in a nationally protected wildlife reserve on the island of Sumatra (2). Nissin Foods partially updated its ‘Sustainable Procurement’ on 24 June before the AGM and published a ‘Grievance List’ on its website. The list announced that the company had stopped doing business with the farms in question in response to RAN’s published evidence (3). The ‘target year for 100% sustainable palm oil sourcing’ was left unchanged at ‘until 2030’, while RAN and other NGOs referred to the EU ‘Anti-Deforestation Law’ (4), which will apply from the end of 2024, and asked whether the target year should be brought forward, but no clear answer was given.

Toyoyuki Kawakami, Japan Representative of Rainforest Action Network said “Nissin Foods’ publication of its grievance list is a step forward in ensuring that conflict palm oil is removed from its supply chain. The suspension of Nissin Foods’ business with the plantations involved in illegal palm oil and deforestation is a good example of the need to implement corrective measures in the palm oil supply chain, when problems are discovered, and to ensure traceability back to the plantations.”

Toyoyuki continued “On the other hand, deforestation and human rights violations are still being reported in the production areas, as NGO investigations show. The international standard of ‘No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation’ (NDPE) is essential for responsible palm oil production. An ambitious target year is expected before 2030 for the Nissin Foods Group to source palm oil only from suppliers who adhere to the NDPE policy across the corporate group.”

In March this year, RAN Japan launched an online petition ‘Stop Conflict Palm Oil, Do It Now!’, calling on Nissin Foods to significantly accelerate its target of 100% sustainable palm oil sourcing (5). RAN has also launched the same petition in English and submitted 48,409 signatures (approximately 13,432 in Japanese and 34,977 in English) to the company before the General Meeting of Shareholders. Growing consumer concerns and expectations have helped Nissin Foods to make certain progress, such as the publication of a grievance list and the suspension of business with the companies in question.

Nissin Foods is one of the ten consumer goods companies included in RAN’s Keep Forests Standing campaign launched in 2020. In the evaluation of their policies published in 2022, the company scored 4 out of 20 points, and ranked an “F” grade (6). In order to improve the policy, Nissin Foods  is required to formulate a procurement policy for all ‘forest risk commodities’ (not just palm oil), and specify NDPE items to be observed by suppliers of forest risk products and make the adoption of NDPE mandatory for suppliers (7), and strengthen other measures as soon as possible.

Notes for editors

(1) Nissin Foods Holdings “For the Earth, for the future. Environmental strategy ‘EARTH FOOD CHALLENGE 2030’ launched!” , 9 June 2020 (viewed June 2023).

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(2) RAN press release, “New research report ‘Carbon Bomb Scandal’ released – Nissin Foods and other major consumer goods companies continue to be linked to illegal Indonesian palm oil”, 22 September 2022.

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RAN conducted field research in Indonesia in 2019 and 2022. It found that illegal palm oil is being produced in Sumatra’s wildlife reserves, particularly on carbon-rich peatlands. It also conducted a follow-up investigation of illegal plantations and a supply chain survey of 10 major consumer goods companies, which revealed that suppliers such as Nissin Foods and Procter & Gamble (P&G) had purchased illegal palm oil from within the reserve. The ‘Grievance List’ released by Nissin Foods stated that it had stopped doing business with ‘Case 2’ (an illegal plantation managed by a female businesswoman, Ibu Nasti, in Aceh province) in October 2022.

(3) Nissin Foods Holdings, ‘Sustainable procurement: palm oil procurement status’ (viewed June 2023).

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“NISSIN FOODS Group Palm Grievance Tracker” (“Grievance List”, in English).

(4) EU ‘Anti-deforestation law’: products sold within the EU will be obliged to confirm traceability to the place of production and publish ‘due diligence’ to check whether there is a link with deforestation, etc. Global companies will be forced to comply with the Act, including risk assessment and confirmation of the existence of deforestation and human rights violations.

(5) Press release: new signatures begin for Nissin Foods, “Stop Problem Palm Oil Do It Now!”, 29 March 2023.

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English online signature “NISSIN’S TOP RAMEN COMES DEAD LAST” (34,977 signatures)

(6) RAN press release, ‘New report ‘Forest & Human Rights Policy Ranking 2022′ released – Nissin Foods, Mitsubishi UFJ rated low’ 15 June 2022.

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(7) The statement on NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation) in Nissin Foods Holdings’ ‘Nissin Foods Group Sustainable Procurement Policy’ does not require suppliers to comply with NDPE. (Viewed 2023/6)

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日清食品 苦情処理リスト初公開、


〜RAN 生産地での問題を指摘、国内外5万人の声が後押し〜










総会開催前には、RAN、ウータン・森と生活を考える会、熱帯林行動ネットワークのスタッフとボランティアが、会場のホテルニューオータニ大阪前で「日清さん、問題あるパーム油はストップ Do It Now!  」と書かれたバナーを掲げ、日清食品が「持続可能なパーム油調達100%」の目標年度としている2030年(注1)を待つことなく、熱帯林保護と生態系保護、人権尊重における問題に早急に取り組む必要性を参加株主らに訴えました。








今年3月、RANはオンライン署名「問題あるパーム油はストップ Do It Now!」を開始し、日清食品に「持続可能なパーム油調達比率100%」目標の大幅な前倒しを求めてきました(注5)。英語でも同様の署名を展開し、株主総会前に48,409筆(日本語約13,432筆、英語版 約34,977筆)の署名を同社に提出しました。高まる消費者の懸念と期待の声が、苦情処理リストの公開と問題企業との取引停止といった日清食品の一定の前進を後押しした形となりました。




注1)日清食品ホールディングス「地球のために、未来のために。環境戦略『EARTH FOOD CHALLENGE 2030』始動!」、2020年6月9日(2023年6月閲覧)


注2)RANプレスリリース「新調査報告書『炭素爆弾スキャンダル』発表 〜日清食品など大手消費財企業、インドネシア違法パーム油との関連性が継続〜」 2022年9月22日


RANは2019年と2022年にインドネシアで現地調査を実施。スマトラ島の野生生物保護区内、とりわけ炭素を多く含む泥炭地でパーム油が違法生産されている実態を突き止めた。さらに、違法農園の追跡調査と大手消費財企業10社のサプライチェーン調査を実施し、日清食品やプロクター&ギャンブル(P&G)などの調達先が同保護区内からの違法パーム油を購入していたことが判明していた。日清食品が発表した「苦情処理リスト」では、「事例2」(アチェ州の女性実業家 Ibu Nasti氏が管理する違法農園)との取引を2022年10月に停止していたことが記載されていた。



”NISSIN FOODS Group Palm Grievance Tracker”  (「苦情処理リスト」、英語)




注5)プレスリリース:日清食品に新署名開始「問題あるパーム油はストップ Do It Now!」2023年3月29日




注6)RANプレスリリース「新報告書『森林&人権方針ランキング2022』発表〜日清食品、三菱UFJは低評価 〜」2022年6月15日


注7) 日清食品ホールディングスの「日清食品グループ持続可能な調達方針」におけるNDPE(No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation)に関する記述では、調達先に対してのNDPE遵守は求めていない。(2023年6月閲覧)






「森を守りたい」と願う熱い心をもった人々が集まった市民団体。オランウータンなど数多くの 生きものが棲み、先住民にとっても生きる糧を与えてくれるインドネシア・ボルネオ島の自然豊かな熱帯林を、国内外のNGOや現地の村人と共に減少を食い止め回復し保全する活動や、森林減少の要因となっている商品の消費者としての私たちの日本での生活を考える活動を35年以上、市民の力ですすめてきました。







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