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!
PepsiCo’s prominent business partner, a company called the Salim Group, has been exposed for its links to the destruction of nearly 10,000 hectares of Borneo’s forests. The forests destroyed were some of Borneo’s incredibly important peat forests: massive carbon sinks that safely store greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. These peat forests are absolutely critical in the fight against global climate change.
In 2015, in response to public criticism, PepsiCo revised its palm oil policy but left an exemption for its joint venture partners in the Salim Group. The Salim Group makes PepsiCo snack food products in Indonesia. These latest investigations show that once again, PepsiCo continues its dirty business with destructive companies while people and the planet suffer the consequences.
Send a message to PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and demand that PepsiCo cut ties to the destruction.
Dear Ms. Indra Nooyi,
PepsiCo’s business partner the Salim Group has been exposed for destruction of Borneo’s peat forests.
Your company must take action immediately to close the loophole in PepsiCo’s palm oil policy that enables this destruction. No excuses or half measures will suffice.
Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Foundation Norway and SumOfUs have released a new report exposing deforestation by palm oil companies associated with PepsiCo business partner, which you can download here.
For years, PepsiCo has sidestepped its massive Conflict Palm Oil problem. Time and time again, we've exposed PepsiCo for driving rainforest destruction, worker exploitation and climate pollution for the palm oil used to make its snack foods. Yet the company has failed to take the necessary actions to stop these devastating impacts. We won't let PepsiCo escape its responsibility.
That's why today activists are disrupting business as usual at PepsiCo's Manhattan office to demand the snack food giant stop deforestation and exploitation. Thanks for joining us by calling the PepsiCo office.
While activists make noise on the outside of the office, you can help get the message inside.
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Call and leave a comment at the PepsiCo corporate switchboard at 1-800-433-2652 in the USA or Canada or find your country's PepsiCo customer service phone number at the bottom of this page.
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 Manhattan 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. 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. 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.
PepsiCo Food & Beverages International: (+44) 2083324000