No Deforestation for Palm Oil

Lead Group: Greenpeace

Support Groups: Rainforest Action Network, Union of Concern Scientists, Forest Heroes, SumOfUS

The campaign used public pressure – consumers, investors – to push large consumer products corporations (palm oil consumers) towards procurement policies that would break the link between the palm oil they consume and forest destruction and force palm oil traders and producers (suppliers) to do the same. Palm oil plantations have expanded rapidly over the past two decades, clearing large swathes of natural forest that store carbon and are home to thousands of species and communities. Palm oil is used in about half of products found in grocery stores shelves and can be produced responsibly. Consumer companies like Nestle, Unilever, Mondelez, Colgate, Procter&Gamble, Johnson&Johnson and others adopted strong procurement policies and pushed producers and traders like GAR, Wilmar and Cargill to do the same. Wilmar, GAR and Cargill – all named in Greenpeace reports and exposes – represent more than 50% of all palm oil traded in the world. By adopting policies that will break the link between the palm oil they produce and trade to forest and peat destruction and social exploitation, including what originates from third party suppliers, this companies have the potential to significantly reduce the emission of billions of tons of Greenhouse gases ad contribute to the development of communities, regions and countries. By getting large consumer companies to adopt, understand and implement their procurement policies, we are guaranteeing that these commitments will create long term impacts and that more suppliers will adopt strong policies – which is already happening. Additionally, Cargill announced that it will extend no deforestation commitments to all commodities it trades, opening the possibility of further progress on soy, beef and other large agricultural deforestation drivers.

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