PepsiCo Can Change — But Will It?

By Rainforest Action Network
Orangutans are asking for help – will PepsiCo listen?

Thanks to you, this has been a huge week in the fight to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from our food! Our new video with Strawberry the orangutan has been viewed over 146,000 times. Our petition to the Snack Food 20 demanding they cut Conflict Palm Oil has almost 67,000 signatures. From Minneapolis to NYC, our “The Power Is In Your Palm Tour” has now delivered demands to 7 of the Snack Food 20 with the amazing support of all of the Palm Oil Action Team members who’ve met up with us along the way.

The Snack Food 20 is feeling the heat—and today we brought the spotlight directly to PepsiCo corporate headquarters in Purchase, NY. We need to make sure they know that you’re watching and demanding an end to the use of Conflict Palm Oil in their snack food products.

Even if you’ve taken action with other Snack Food 20 companies, today’s the day to pressure Pepsi. Here are three things you can do right now to echo our demands to Pepsi:

1. Call Pepsi at (914) 253-2000. Here’s a call script you can use:

“Hi, my name is [your name] from [your city]. I’m a [student, mom, dad…] and one of your valued customers! It concerns me that your company cannot guarantee that it is not using Conflict Palm Oil in its products. Pepsi must demand responsible palm oil from its suppliers and eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from its products. I encourage you to secure a new global responsible palm oil procurement policy and implementation plan that ensures that the palm oil in your company’s supply chain is fully traceable, legally grown, and sourced from verified responsible palm oil producers not associated with deforestation, expansion onto carbon-rich peatlands or human and labor rights violations. Thank You!”

2. Post this message on Pepsi’s Facebook wall:

Hey Pepsi, I’m standing with orangutans, and I can’t stand by brands that use Conflict Palm Oil. Demand responsible palm oil from your suppliers and eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from your products. The power is #InYourPalm.

3. Tweet at Pepsi:

Hey @PepsiCo, I can’t stand by brands that use Conflict #PalmOil. The power is #InYourPalm

At the Pepsi HQ, Strawberry and her friends from the New York Palm Oil Action Team gave representatives of Pepsi a copy of the RAN report Conflict Palm Oil: How US Snack Food Brands are Contributing to Orangutan Extinction, Climate Change and Human Rights Violations and outlined RAN’s demand to cut Conflict Palm Oil.

Can you call Pepsi now to add your voice to our demands?

Today’s visit to Pepsi is the latest company stop on The Power Is In Your Palm Tour. In the past month, Strawberry and our team have visited the headquarters of Mondelēz, Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Smucker’s, Mars, and Dunkin Donuts to deliver the report and a similar set of demands.

The Snack Food 20 are feeling the pressure from the video, thousands of photo petitions, calls, tweets, Facebook posts and Strawberry the Orangutan’s visits to their HQ’s. Let’s keep it up!