For four years, RAN and allied organizations around the globe have called out PepsiCo for driving deforestation, species extinction, climate pollution, and human and labor rights violations through its continued use of Conflict Palm Oil to make snack foods.
But still, PepsiCo––the largest globally traded snack food company––remains connected to Conflict Palm Oil throughout its supply chain.
RAN field investigations show that this multi-billion dollar corporation continues to be complicit in the obliteration of critical rainforests like the Leuser Ecosystem as well as the systemic exploitation of workers including in the operations of its Indonesian palm oil partner Indofood. The company continues to hide behind the false sustainability claims of the broken RSPO certification system and has failed to set a deadline by which it will end these atrocities that are caused in part by the production of PepsiCo products sold across the globe.
RAN and 45 other groups have recently released an open letter to PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi, calling on the company to ensure that all of its globally sold products are produced without deforestation, the destruction of peatlands or the violation of human rights — including the rights of local communities and workers.
Join us in holding PepsiCo to account. Add your name to the open letter to demand that PepsiCo clean up its palm oil supply chain now!
Add your name - sign on to the open letter to PepsiCo CEO Ms. Indra Nooyi
View the full Open Letter and list of signatory organizations here.
Urgent Appeal To PepsiCo’s CEO: Address The Real Costs Of Conflict Palm OilDear Ms. Indra Nooyi,
As a concerned consumer, I am writing to demand PepsiCo to ensure that all of its products sold globally are produced without deforestation, the destruction of peatlands or the violation of human rights, including the rights of Indigenous peoples, local communities and workers.Along with the 46 organizations from around the globe which wrote you an open letter, I am personally calling on PepsiCo to clean up its palm oil supply chain now and reform the deplorable operations of your Indonesian palm oil partner, Indofood. Globally critical forests are falling for palm oil plantation expansion. The communities within and downstream from these developments are losing their sources of clean water and livelihoods, and many thousands of plantation workers—all too often unpaid women, children, and vulnerable migrant workers—face serious labor abuses, including poverty wages, exposure to toxic chemicals, and denial of their right to organize trade unions.It is with the utmost urgency that I call on PepsiCo to address the egregious impacts of its palm oil supply chain and business partnerships in Indonesia and other sourcing regions including Malaysia and Latin America. To continue inaction is to continue to be both misaligned with PepsiCo’s own mission, values and stated intent, as well as to be complicit in ongoing environmental destruction, workers’ rights violations and human rights abuses. Thank you for your prompt attention.
Mohammad Rubel was a victim of modern day slavery. A Wall Street Journal reporter found him working on Malaysian palm oil giant Felda Global Venture’s plantations seven days a week without pay after being trafficked from Bangladesh. Sadly, Mohammad’s story is just one of many exploited workers in Malaysia’s palm oil industry, which has become notorious for forced labor conditions.
Send your message now! Tell the Snack Food 20 companies that you demand an end to modern day slavery and Conflict Palm Oil.
Malaysian palm oil giant IOI Group took an important step today to adopt a public No Fees policy and committed to returning all workers’ passports. This is big news but we can’t let it end there. We must make sure that all Malaysian palm oil companies adopt a No Fees policy and return passports to their workers immediately.
We can do this by demanding PepsiCo, Nestle, Mars, Mondelez, Hershey’s and the rest of the Snack Food 20 companies require their palm oil suppliers do the same.
Send your message now - no more modern day slavery or worker exploitation for Conflict Palm Oil!
Subject: End Modern Day Slavery in Palm Oil Now
To the Snack Food 20:
Malaysian palm oil giant IOI Group announced three major labor policies, committing to no longer charge recruitment fees to its workers, respect Freedom of Association and strive towards paying a living wage. These policies collectively set a new standard in an industry that has been repeatedly exposed for labor rights violations and worker exploitation.
But these policies alone will not end modern day slavery and worker exploitation in the palm oil industry. Doing so depends on the actions of your company.
Foreign migrant workers who comprise the vast majority of the workforce on Malaysian palm oil plantations usually have their passports seized upon arrival and are often charged large recruitment fees by third-party labor brokers. This indebtedness and limitations on their freedom of movement amount to conditions of modern day slavery.
Ending modern day slavery and worker exploitation requires all Snack Food 20 companies to obligate their palm oil suppliers to adopt and implement the same standards of No Recruitment Fees and the right to Freedom of Association and a Living Wage.
Sign the petition and demand PepsiCo takes immediate action to end its role in driving forest destruction.
Tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, the Amazon and Africa absorb massive amounts of greenhouse gases and have been one of the most important buffers against rising fossil fuel emissions. However, a recently released study using new satellite technology show that in 2015-’16, for the first time since climate change has been tracked, tropical rainforests have become a net overall source, not a net sink, of carbon pollution.
If we don’t change course quickly, the world’s rainforests will continue to decline, and dire consequences for the stability of the world’s climate will soon follow. We need to hold corporate laggards to account for their role in destroying tropical rainforests and accelerating climate change.
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The world’s tropical rainforests and our planet are in crisis. The impacts of this crisis is being felt by thousands whose lives have been shattered, and homes lost, in the deadliest forest fires in California’s history.
Amid the chaos in California, Puerto Rico, Florida and Houston, NASA released data showing the largest annual rise in climate pollution in at least 2,000 years. A major driver was the release of a massive 6 gigatonnes of gases from tropical forests stressed by 2015-16 El Nino weather, compounded by large rainforest areas intentionally burnt to make way for new palm oil plantations in Indonesia.
PepsiCo—as one of the biggest brands using Conflict Palm Oil—has a responsibility to halt the bulldozers destroying the last of the world’s rainforests. It needs to eliminate deforestation for its palm oil supply chain and stop fuelling climate change.
An emergency response is required. If PepsiCo doesn’t change course quickly, the world’s rainforests will continue to decline, and dire consequences for the stability of the world’s climate will soon follow.
Indigenous activists protecting Indonesia’s forests are on the frontlines of our climate fight. Take action and tell pulp and paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper that it needs to stand with communities to protect our global future. Add your name now!
Women are leading the fight to protect the rainforest, the climate, and defend human rights. Stand with Indigenous women in Indonesia, and tell Asia Pulp and Paper that it needs to take action to protect forests and defend human rights! Sign now!