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Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., is the ‘worst performing’ laggard as the company has not yet taken even the first step to address its Conflict Palm Oil problem by adopting a responsible palm oil commitment. Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. continues to rely solely on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an inadequate certification system that permits the destruction of rainforests, peatlands, and has a poor track record of upholding the rights of local communities and workers. As a matter of urgency, Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. needs to adopt a global responsible palm oil procurement policy that includes a time-bound plan to cut Conflict Palm Oil.

Current Palm Oil Commitment (June 2015):

Relies on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and its suppliers to “achieve a complete transition to sustainable palm oil by 2020”. 

Has a commitment to “comply with the laws and regulations of each country’, ‘respect human rights’ and ‘strive to protect rainforests and high carbon stock areas.’

Initially applies for products sold in the United States.

Weaknesses:

No responsible palm oil commitment that requires suppliers to end destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights

No assertive deadline for eliminating Conflict Palm Oil from all branded products and global operations

No requirement for palm oil to be traceable to the plantation level

No requirement for compliance across suppliers’ entire operations

No requirement for an immediate moratorium on the destruction of rainforests and peatlands across grower entire operations

No requirement for independent verification of supplier compliance with responsible palm oil production practices, including no destruction of rainforests, peatlands or abuse of human and labor rights

No published commitment or procedures to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil suppliers

No public time-bound implementation plan, with clear performance based milestones for achieving traceable, transparent and independently verified supply chains

No commitment to transparent reporting on progress towards full implementation of commitment

No requirement for public transparency from palm oil growers, refiners, and traders

Current status:

Ongoing sourcing from unknown plantations and high risk regions

Company products at extreme risk of contamination with Conflict Palm Oil

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