Assessing the Impacts of Corporate Pulp and Paper Commitments on Forests and Frontline Communities
A promise is only good if it’s kept. Thanks to your pressure, major brands have made commitments to protect forests and communities by eliminating the risk of human rights abuses and forest destruction from their products.
However, our new report shows that three major companies are not doing enough to keep their promises: major office supply company, Office Depot; Penguin Random House, the world’s largest publishing house; and Askul, Japan’s largest paper company.
These three major brands’ inability to keep their commitments has real impact on Indonesia’s forests and the lives of people in frontline communities. People power forced companies to commit to change and now we need your help to ensure they keep those promises.
Take action to demand that Office Depot, Penguin Random House and Askul keep their promises to make a real difference for forests and human rights.
For more information, read our new report: ”Beyond Paper Promises: Assessing the impacts of corporate pulp and paper commitments on forests and frontline communities”
This report uses an in-depth survey to measure how well brand-name pulp and paper companies are doing in implementing their policies, identifying key leaders and laggards in the ongoing fight to protect forests and the communities that depend on them.
Today, for the second time this month, activists are disrupting business as usual at PepsiCo, this time at its office in D.C. to demand the snack food giant stop deforestation and exploitation.
While activists make noise on the outside of the office, you can help get the message inside.
Call and leave a comment at the PepsiCo corporate switchboard at 1-800-433-2652, then press 0 for a live person in the USA or Canada or find your country's PepsiCo customer service phone number at the bottom of this page.
**Phone calls are most effective, but PepsiCo's United States corporate phone line is only open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time Monday to Friday. If you're trying to leave a comment after hours, please leave your comment on PepsiCo's Facebook page or by Tweeting @PepsiCo.**
You could say something like:
Hello, my name is ___ from _____ and I’m calling you today because PepsiCo’s continued use of Conflict Palm Oil is unacceptable.
Rainforests continue to fall and workers continue to be exploited for the palm oil in PepsiCo's products and in the operations of your notorious business partner Indofood. PepsiCo must take action to eliminate suppliers who are violating human rights and destroying rainforests.
I stand in solidarity with the activists protesting outside PepsiCo's D.C. office today and call on PepsiCo to end deforestation and exploitation.
PepsiCo may tell you that it has a palm oil policy and is committed to sourcing sustainable palm oil by 2020. Unfortunately, its policy falls short of what is needed to stop deforestation and human rights abuses on the ground, including by exempting its notorious Indonesian partner Indofood from the policy and by including oil from problematic "sustainable" sources. The company says it will stop deforestation and exploitation, but refuses to say when it will do so. PepsiCo must demonstrate that it can be trusted to provide products not connected to Conflict Palm Oil.
Please let us know how the call went using the form on the right.
Watch the livestream, or scroll down for additional numbers outside of the US/Canada.
PepsiCo Food & Beverages International: (+44) 2083324000
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is the world’s largest certification system for “sustainable” palm oil, but unfortunately, the RSPO’s certification is no guarantee of palm oil produced without deforestation or exploitation.
Recently, the UK-based grocery chain Iceland went so far as to institute a complete and total ban on palm oil in all of its products. The reason? The company’s leaders “don’t believe there is such a thing as guaranteed ‘sustainable’ palm oil available in the mass market.” That should stand as a wake up call to the RSPO.
If the RSPO wants to rebuild its credibility, it must strengthen its standards, reform its enforcement mechanisms, and expel bad actors. One such bad actor is Indofood, Indonesian business partner to PepsiCo, that has been exposed four times in the past two years for exploiting palm oil workers — yet the RSPO continues to delay in imposing consequences for this blatant violation of its own standards.
Send your message now: tell the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil to drop Indofood’s certification!