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“Sustainable” Palm Oil? New Investigation Shows Rampant Abuse

The RSPO, or “Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil,” is the global certification body for “sustainable” palm oil. If a big name brand, like PepsiCo, Unilever, or Mondelez claims it is using sustainable palm oil, it almost certainly means RSPO oil. Today, RAN and our partners ILRF and OPPUK are releasing our latest report, “The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil Revisited: How PepsiCo, Banks, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Perpetuate Indofood’s Worker Exploitation,” showing that ongoing exploitation and labor abuse are rampant on RSPO-certified palm oil plantations owned by palm oil giant Indofood.

This is the second year in a row that RAN, ILRF, and OPPUK’s field investigations have shown widespread abuses in RSPO palm oil, including problems as disturbing as the use of child labor on palm oil plantations. Indofood is a massive Indonesian company, the sole partner for PepsiCo in Indonesia—producing all PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, and Quaker branded snacks in the country—and a likely supplier to global brands Unilever, Kellogg's, Mondelez, Mars and Hershey's.

The RSPO has dragged its heels, and so far has failed to do its job and enforce its own standards. The RSPO must kick out Indofood, and any other palm oil supplier, who refuses to produce their products without doing harm to workers or rainforests.

Add your voice now! Send a message to the RSPO and demand it suspend Indofood’s “sustainable” certification!

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You can read more about the investigation here:

“The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil Revisited: How PepsiCo, Banks, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Perpetuate Indofood’s Worker Exploitation,” (English)

"Tinjauan Ulang Korban Minyak Sawit Bermasalah: Peran PepsiCo, Perbankan dan RSPO dalam Melanggengkan Eksploitasi Buruh Indofood" (Bahasa Indonesian)

“The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil Revisited: How PepsiCo, Banks, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Perpetuate Indofood’s Worker Exploitation,” Executive Summary (English)