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Five Major Palm Oil Companies Announce Moratorium on Deforestation, But Big Questions Remain

Five of the world’s largest palm oil companies announced that they would suspend clearance of High Carbon Stock forests during a year-long study. IOI Loders Croklaan (which has been the target of Forest Heroes’ main campaign), Musim Mas, Sime Darby, KLK, and Asian Agri all announced that they institute a moratorium while they studied the issue.  If the companies really follow through to protect these forests, this announcement could mark the point at which almost all the top palm oil companies rallied behind a common approach to protecting forests.

But this is the palm oil industry – it’s not that simple. Significant questions remain about the companies’ intentions. They didn’t define what they would consider a High Carbon Stock landscape that would be protected, leaving a lot of leeway. No Deforestation companies like Wilmar, Cargill and GAR have all employed an approach to HCS pioneered by The Forest Trust and Greenpeace, and have joined with NGOs like Forest Heroes to create the High Carbon Stock Steering Group to further refine the approach issue.

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A line of bulldozers dig and drain the peatlands in the KML concession. Photo credit: Kontak Rakyat Borneo

Furthermore, it’s unclear how any of these companies will actually implement this commitment, and for how long. The companies lack comprehensive “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” policy like Wilmar, Cargill, GAR, Dunkin’ Donuts, Kellogg, or more than a dozen other major companies. However, Asian Agri announced its own policy, which requires independent verification and other improvements before it can be considered entirely credible.

But there is hope. Forest Heroes and our partner SumOfUs.org are in discussions with IOI Loders Croklaan to develop a strong forest conservation policy and implementation plan.  If IOI and the other companies adopt strong policies, real implementation plans, and join with credible partners, then this just might be the beginning of the end of deforestation in the palm oil industry.

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Digging of drainage canal next to natural forest in LSM plantation. Photo courtesy of Jason Taylor/Friends of the Earth
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Krispy Kreme Chooses Forests: US Doughnut Industry Fills the Sustainability Hole, Forest Heroes Celebrates a Double Victory in Less Than 24 hours!

Today, Krispy Kreme committed to source 100% responsible, deforestation-free palm oil.

If you feel like it was just yesterday that you were reading about a major American doughnut seller announcing a responsible deforestation-free palm oil policy, well it was.

Krispy Kreme’s announcement comes just 24 hours after fellow industry leader Dunkin’ Donuts released its new palm oil policy. Krispy Kreme’s policy actually goes a step further than Dunkin’s by requiring that its global suppliers comply as quickly as possible, but no later than the end of 2016, whereas Dunkin' has yet to announce a deadline for its international supply chain.

“The one-two punch of Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme going deforestation-free signal a rapid shift in the U.S. fast food industry,” said Deborah Lapidus, Forest Heroes Campaign Director. “Irresponsible palm oil has been a hole, so to speak, in the environmental record of the doughnut industry. Now, consumers who care about forests and wildlife can know that indulging in a tasty treat won’t threaten tigers and orangutans.”

Let’s take a moment to recall the amazing work by all the Forest Heroes volunteers, online activists, and partner organizations that led up to these announcements:

It was just four months ago that we went to Dunkin’ Donuts shareholders meeting to urge the company to be a Forest Hero. Just three months ago that we released our Deforestation Doughnuts report that exposed the “no questions asked” palm oil sourcing of Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, and Tim Hortons. And just ten weeks ago that Forest Heroes organizers and volunteers started showing up at grand openings of Krispy Kreme stores wearing tiger suits and holding banners to raise awareness about palm oil.

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And now, this week, two of the three major doughnut companies in North America have embraced forest conservation. It’s truly become a “race to the top”, with Tim Hortons falling far behind its competitors, having yet to adopt standards to delink its palm oil from deforestation.

Tell doughnut mega-chain Tim Hortons its time to do better for Sumatran tigers and orangutans—sign the petition here.

The new commitments from both Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme require suppliers to adhere to the following principles:

  • No Deforestation: Suppliers must protect forests, endangered species habitat, lands with high carbon content, and ultra-high-carbon peatland of any depth.
  • No Exploitation: Suppliers are required to protect human and worker rights, and obtain Free, Prior, and Informed Consent from communities for all development on their lands.
  • Traceability: The companies are working with suppliers to trace all palm oil back to the preliminary plantation sources.

Please take a moment to thank Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme and urge Tim Hortons to shape up. Sign the petition to Tim Hortons, and then click below to Tweet:

Thanks @KrispyKreme @DunkinDonuts for protecting forests. @TimHortons it's time to step up! http://ctt.ec/2yKJQ+ http://ctt.ec/eU4g4+

Update: Here's a quick roundup of media covering the two announcements.

ClimateProgressWhy U.S. Donuts Just Got More Environmentally Friendly

Winston-Salem JournalKrispy Kreme, Dunkin’ pledge to use sustainable palm oil

Greensboro News & RecordKrispy Kreme, Dunkin’ pledge to use sustainable palm oil

Hickory RecordKrispy Kreme, Dunkin’ pledge to use sustainable palm oil

GristDunkin’ Donuts cleans up its palm-oil act (and Krispy Kreme follows suit)

BusinessGreenKrispy Kreme follows Dunkin' with doughnut sustainable palm oil pledge

Union of Concerned Scientists-Equation blogOut with Duh-nuts, in with DO-nuts: Two Major Fast Food Brands Tackle Deforestation

NPR-The Salt blogSweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

MongaBayKrispy Kreme, Dunkin' Donuts to cut palm oil linked to deforestation

Eco-Business: US doughnut giants make deforestation-free pledge

The official Forest Heroes press release is below.

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One Day After Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme Commits to Zero-Deforestation Doughnuts

Here is the official Forest Heroes press release about today's exciting news. 

DOUGHNUT INDUSTRY FILLS THE SUSTAINABILITY HOLE

One Day After Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme Commits to Zero-Deforestation Doughnuts

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The doughnut business became a lot sweeter today as Krispy Kreme committed to source 100% responsible, deforestation-free palm oil. The move comes one day after industry giant Dunkin’ Donuts made its own commitment to only source from companies that protect forests and worker and community rights.

“The one-two punch of Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme going deforestation-free signal a rapid shift in the U.S. fast food industry,” said Deborah Lapidus, Forest Heroes Campaign Director. “Irresponsible palm oil has been a hole, so to speak, in the environmental record of the doughnut industry. Now, consumers who care about forests and wildlife can know that indulging in a tasty treat won’t threaten tigers and orangutans.”

On Tuesday, Dunkin’ announced a new policy to strengthen its environmental standards by only purchasing palm oil from companies not linked to deforestation. Less than 24 hours later, Krispy Kreme followed Dunkin's lead. Krispy Kreme went one step further by committing to a deadline for compliance across its global operations. The move was hailed by Forest Heroes as a true “race to the top.”

The announcements follow months of action by the Forest Heroes campaign, consumers and investors across the U.S. that have urged Krispy Kreme to stop frying its doughnuts in oil sourced from cleared rainforests. Over the last several months, dozens of activists have turned out in tiger suits and held banners in support of forest friendly doughnuts at early morning Krispy Kreme store openings in Delaware, Florida, and Tennessee,. Hundreds of thousands of activists, many with the organization SumOfUs.org have taken action online to call on Krispy Kreme to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain.

Photos and accounts of the actions in different parts of the country are available at www.forestheroes.org.

In June, Forest Heroes launched the campaign by releasing a report, Deforestation Doughnuts, which talked about how Dunkin’, Krispy, and Canadian doughnut mega-chain Tim Hortons were frying doughnuts in palm oil connected to destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. As of today, two of the three major doughnut companies analyzed in the report have adopted responsible sourcing for their palm oil. Only the Canadian company Tim Hortons is yet to announce a policy to clean up its own supply chain.

“If Americans can eat deforestation-free doughnuts, what is Tim Hortons waiting for, eh?” said Kevin Grandia, Forest Heroes Canada campaign coordinator.

Palm oil is a $50 billion a year commodity found in thousands of snack foods and other consumer products, but its most visible use in North America is in doughnuts. Commercial doughnut companies like Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, and Tim Hortons fry their doughnuts directly in palm oil, which is often the second ingredient listed after flour. Palm oil plantations have driven widespread destruction of tropical rainforests – pushing wildlife like Sumatran tigers and orangutans to the edge of extinction, exploiting local communities and workers, and adding enormous climate pollution to the atmosphere.

The new commitments from both Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme require suppliers to adhere to the following principles:

  • No Deforestation: Suppliers must protect forests, endangered species habitat, lands with high carbon stock, and peatland of any depth.
  • No Exploitation: Suppliers are required to protect human and worker rights, and obtain Free, Prior, and Informed Consent from communities for all development on their lands.
  • Traceability: The companies are working with suppliers to trace all palm oil back to the preliminary plantation sources.

Today, over 60 percent of the global palm oil trade is covered by zero-deforestation policies. Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ join a growing number of consumer brands that have adopted responsible palm oil sourcing commitments, including Nestlé, Kellogg’s, Mars, General Mills, ConAgra, Johnson & Johnson, and many others.

“The doughnut industry has undergone a dramatic transformation in just the last couple of days,” said Lapidus. “Consumers and shareholders are making their voices heard. We’re seeing real global momentum towards a second green revolution in which growing food does not have to mean destroying forests, and that’s sweet indeed.”

Krispy Kreme’s new commitments for responsible palm oil can be found here.  Then, open the FAQ regarding sustainable palm oil.

Dunkin’s press announcement of its new responsible palm oil standards can be found on MarketWatch.

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Dunkin' Runs on Forest Conservation: Dunkin' Donuts Announces Sweet New Palm Oil Commitment

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Doughnut lovers, rejoice! Just a few short months after we published our Deforestation Doughnuts report the industry just got a heck of a lot sweeter.

Dunkin’ Donuts just announced a new palm oil commitment, and we’re very happy to report that it’s quite good. Like Kellogg and Wilmar, and many other brand name companies before them, Dunkin’s new policy calls for no deforestation, no peat development, and no exploitation of workers or forest peoples.

In the months leading up to this announcement, Forest Heroes activists in Boston and around the country encouraged Dunkin’ to be a Forest Hero, including by attending its corporate shareholders meeting in Quincy, MA last May.

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“Everyone knows America runs on Dunkin’, and now Dunkin’ is running on forest conservation,” said Deborah Lapidus, Forest Heroes Campaign Director. “We hope that other doughnut companies like Krispy Kreme and Tim Hortons follow Dunkin's lead and take this opportunity to become Forest Heroes.” 

One caveat that we’ll be closely tracking is how the commitment applies to Dunkin’s supply chain for stores outside of the U.S. While all of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins stores in the US will be sourcing 100% responsible palm oil by the end of 2016, the international timeline won't be determined until March 2015 after Dunkin' has mapped its international supply chain. We’ll be urging Dunkin’ to review its international supply chain as quickly as possible and implement an equally strong commitment abroad, as well as to expand its commitment to include coffee, sugar, and other commodities.

But, for now, it’s time to celebrate this huge news from Dunkin’ Donuts.

And now that Dunkin’ is showing the industry how easy it is to commit to responsible, deforestation-free doughnuts, it makes Krispy Kreme’s lack of standards look all the worse.

If you’d like to send Dunkin’ Donuts a thank you note (and give Krispy Kreme a nudge) on Twitter, click on the sample Tweet below:

Thanks @DunkinDonuts for choosing deforestation-free #palmoil. Your turn, @KrispyKreme http://ctt.ec/MbREu+

And if you haven’t already, sign this petition to Krispy Kreme, urging the company to follow Dunkin’s lead and make responsible palm oil a priority.

The full Forest Heroes press release is below. 

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Dunkin' Donuts Announces New Palm Oil Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2014

DUNKIN’ RUNS AHEAD

Consumer, Forest Advocates Praise Dunkin' Donuts
Zero-Deforestation Commitment for Palm Oil

All Eyes (and Mouths) Turn to Krispy Kreme

BOSTON, MA – Forest advocates and doughnut lovers celebrated a major victory today as Dunkin’ Brands announced a commitment to source 100% responsible, deforestation-free palm oil.

The move follows months of action by the Forest Heroes campaign, consumers and investors that have urged the company to stop frying its doughnuts in oil sourced from cleared rainforests. As the largest doughnut franchise in North America, Dunkin’ becomes the latest in a line of food and consumer product brands that pledge to clean up their supply chains in order to protect the world’s most critical forests and endangered species.

“Everyone knows America runs on Dunkin’, and now Dunkin’ is running on forest conservation,” said Deborah Lapidus, Forest Heroes Campaign Director. “We hope that other doughnut companies like Krispy Kreme and Tim Hortons follow Dunkin's lead and take this opportunity to become Forest Heroes.” 

More and more consumers, investors, and suppliers around the world have shown that zero deforestation palm oil is possible – and in fact, more and more it is what consumers and investors expect.

“For Krispy Kreme and Tim Hortons, it’s time to make doughnuts that are delicious but not destructive,” said Kaytee Riek, Campaign and Training Director at SumOfUs. “It’s not so sweet to be left behind.”

Palm oil is a $50 billion a year commodity found in thousands of snack foods and other consumer products, but its most visible use in North America is in doughnuts.  Commercial doughnut companies like Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, and Tim Hortons fry their doughnuts directly in palm oil, which is often the second ingredient listed after flour. Palm oil plantations have driven widespread destruction of tropical rainforests – pushing wildlife like Sumatran tigers and orangutans to the edge of extinction, exploiting local communities and workers, and adding enormous climate pollution to the atmosphere.

In the months leading up to this announcement, Forest Heroes activists in Boston and around the country encouraged Dunkin’ to be a Forest Hero, including by attending its corporate shareholders meeting in Quincy, MA last May. In June, Forest Heroes released a new analysis, Deforestation Doughnuts, that mapped the doughnut industry’s use of palm oil.  Forest Heroes also partnered with the online campaign organization SumofUs.org and the Union of Concerned Scientists, among other civil society groups, on the campaign. Of the three major doughnut companies analyzed in the report, Dunkin’ is the first to adopt responsible sourcing for its palm oil.

The new commitment announced today requires suppliers to adhere to the following principles:

  • No Deforestation: Suppliers must protect forests, endangered species habitat, lands with high carbon content, and ultra-high-carbon peatland of any depth.
  • No Exploitation: Suppliers are required to protect human and worker rights, and obtain Free, Prior, and Informed Consent from communities for all development on their lands.
  • Traceability: Dunkin’ is working with suppliers to trace all of its palm oil back to plantation sources.

For its U.S. supply chain, Dunkin’ set a compliance deadline of the end of 2016. The company has stores in over 55 countries and is rapidly expanding internationally, and committed to announcing a timeline for its international supply by March 2015.

“Dunkin’ Donuts has taken a major step toward being a Forest Hero,” said Lapidus. “Now, it must immediately start working with suppliers on implementation, and quickly adopt a compliance timeline for its international business. And, as an enormous buyer of coffee and sugar, it should expand its policy to cover all of the forest commodities in its products.”

Today, over 60 percent of the global palm oil trade is covered by zero deforestation policies. Dunkin’ joins a growing number of consumer brands that have adopted responsible palm oil sourcing commitments, including Nestlé, Kellogg’s, Mars, General Mills, ConAgra, Johnson & Johnson, and many others.

“Dunkin’s action today is helping drive the global momentum towards a second green revolution in which food is produced without threatening forests,” said Lapidus.

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Contact:
Ben Cushing, 510.821.4725, ben@catapultaction.com
Joel Finkelstein, 202.285.0113, joel@catapultaction.com
Paul Ferris, 917.753.9204, paul@sumofus.org

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Major Indonesian Palm Oil Grower Announces New Direction on Conserving Forests and Peat

Statement from Forest Heroes Campaign Chairman Glenn Hurowitz

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Major Indonesian Palm Oil Grower Announces New Direction on Conserving Forests and Peat

Serious Issues Remain, but Conservation Measures Offer a Template for Resolving Other Problems

"Today, the supply chain worked. Bumitama’s forest conservation steps mark a breakthrough in which a very large scale Indonesian palm oil supplier publicly announced meaningful steps for forest conservation in response to new No Deforestation policies from major agricultural traders like Wilmar and GAR. The second green revolution is happening before our eyes. Agricultural producers are realizing that they can expand without converting natural ecosystems, upending thousands of years of assumptions about civilization’s growth.

“Bumitama Agri announced that it would set aside more than 13,000 hectares of forest and peatland from development, after the results of a pilot study looking at deforestation’s impact on climate change and biodiversity. And they did it because they wanted access to global markets following zero-deforestation commitments from palm oil traders Wilmar and Golden Agri-Resources.  Notably, in its press release, Bumitama also attributed the move to a “response to the changing global trend on sustainability.

[You can click here to view or download a PDF version of Bumitama's press release] 

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We Went There: Forest Heroes Speak Out at ANOTHER Krispy Kreme Opening in Kingsport, TN

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Another Krispy Kreme opening, another chance for our Forest Heroes organizers and volunteers to tell customers the not-so-sweet side of the doughnuts story. 

This morning, Krispy Kreme threw a grand opening event for a new store in Kingsport, Tennessee. Like other recent grand openings in Delaware, Tennessee, and Florida, Forest Heroes was there. 

To show support for this early-rising crowd of dedicated Forest Heroes, please sign this petition telling Krispy Kreme that delicious doughnuts don't have to come with a side of deforestation!

Partnering with an amazing crew of volunteers from East Tennessee State University, Forest Heroes organizers greeted the crowd of more than 100 customers gathered in the pre-dawn twilight. Our crew canvased the crowd, educating Krispy Kreme's loyal customers about the sad reality of the deforestation caused by the palm oil that the company uses to fry its doughnuts, and asking them to urge the company to make a commitment to deforestation-free doughnuts

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Before long, the local police escorted the Forest Heroes volunteers off the private property, but not before 100 cards were handed out and many enlightening conversations were had. 

The Forest Heroes crew then moved to the public sidewalk and unfurled these banners, just as the store was about to -- for the very first time -- turn on its famous "Hot Now" light.

Forest Heroes spokesman, Shelby White, did  a live interview with WJHL News Channel 11 and a taped interview with WCYB News Channel 5. We'll share this video when its available online. 

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Once again, to show support for this early-rising crowd of dedicated Forest Heroes, please sign this petition telling Krispy Kreme that delicious doughnuts don't have to come with a side of deforestation!

Update: Here's coverage of the opening and action from local television station WCYB, including this quote from Forest Heroes organizer Shelby White: 

"We are not doughnut haters, we just want Krispy Kreme to use sustainable practices and not harvest from forests that are in the rain forest or use child slave labor."

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Kellogg Expands "No Deforestation" Commitment to Soy and Sugar

A good news update from Kellogg's headquarters. As reported in the Battle Creek Enquirer, the cereal and snack giant has announced new, expanded sustainability and sourcing commitments, which include carbon emissions reporting and reductions, and more responsible sourcing standards for more of their most common ingredients. 

As described in the Battle Creek Enquirer, Kellogg clearly learned a lot about forests and responsible sourcing from the actions and advocacy of Forest Heroes organizers and volunteers last fall. Check this out:

"Building on a palm oil policy announced earlier this year, Kellogg said it pledged to use soy and cane sugar that wasn’t produced through deforestation or land degradation. Its top three suppliers of palm oil, soy and cane sugar also will be disclosed."

Big shout out to Oxfam, who has been working to educate Kellogg on these issues for some time now. 

These types of commodity-wide sourcing commitments are exactly what Forest Heroes wants to see more and more companies adopting. So big props to Kellogg's, and we'll take this announcement as occasion to celebrate with a rousing, "That's Grrrreat!"

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IOI: The Worst Company You've Never Heard Of

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Until now, you've probably never heard of IOI, or its North American division IOI Loders Croklaan. The IOI Group is a massive, Malaysian-based palm oil conglomerate that supplies palm oil to hundreds of companies worldwide. IOI Loders Croklaan is the edible oils division, connecting consumer-facing food and snack companies with palm oil supply. 

Unfortunately, the palm oil supplied by the dozens of subsidiaries and affiliates of IOI is some of the worst and in the world. The plantations operated by IOI and its affiliates -- like a company called Bumitama, which itself is one-third owned by IOI -- are terribly destructive, laying waste to tropical rainforests, draining and digging up carbon-rich peatlands, ruining the habitats of vulnerable orangutans and critically endangered Sumatran tigers, and exploiting local communities and workers alike. 

While much of the industry is transforming at this very moment -- with some of the biggest palm oil producers and traders in the world recently committing to deforestation-free, peat-free, and exploitation-free policies -- IOI and its affiliates are the worst laggards. 

To learn more, download this Forest Heroes fact sheet on IOI

But to really get a sense of how bad the company is, you have to take a look on the ground, at the plantations themselves, where it is crystal clear to the naked eye how diverse rainforest habitats and carbon-rich peatlands are being laid to waste in order to plant palm oil plantations. 

Here photographs from friends and partners of Forest Heroes, showing a few different case studies -- low-lights, really -- of the rampant clearing, deforestation, and destruction conducted by IOI and its subsidiaries in Indonesia. To see even more images, click through to this slideshow on Flickr

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Agribusiness Giant Cargill Announces Major New Pledge To End Rainforest Destruction For Palm Oil

Huge news out of Minneapolis today, as agribusiness giant Cargill has announced on their website a new "policy on sustainable palm oil."

As the largest importer of palm oil into the North America, this is an incredibly exciting development, and the latest in a steady stream of palm oil traders who have announced strong commitments to responsible palm oil sourcing. Over the past several months, Cargill competitors like Wilmar International and Golden-Agri Resources have set the benchmark for deforestation-free, peat-free, and exploitation-free palm oil. Today, Cargill pledged to meet the same standards.

This tidal wave of change in the palm oil industry would not have been possible without action from citizens like you, demanding that companies across the supply chain adopt responsible sourcing practices. 

Let's thank Cargill for this giant move, and ask the company to take the key next steps: quickly follow through on its commitment to issue a detailed implementation plan as well as expand its policy to include all commodities.
Update: Nathanael Johnson at Grist covered the Cargill pledge: Cargill promises to get right with palm oil. And E&E News also covered the announcement, but you'll need a subscription to see the article. 
Here's the Forest Heroes press release on the announcement:

AGRIBUSINESS GIANT CARGILL ANNOUNCES MAJOR NEW PLEDGE TO END RAINFOREST DESTRUCTION FOR PALM OIL

Implementation Plan Critical to Success

MINNEAPOLIS – In a major announcement signaling a transformational shift in the global palm oil market, agribusiness giant Cargill adopted a new commitment for its palm oil supply chain: an end to deforestation, peatland destruction and community and worker exploitation. The commitment was put online today

“Cargill’s new commitment is a big deal,” said Forest Heroes Campaign Chair Glenn Hurowitz. “By committing to only produce, trade and sell responsible palm oil, it is joining other industry leaders in a global transformation to agricultural growth that protects forests and community rights. Today’s announcement is good news for tigers, orangutans and everyone who values the world’s last great forests.”

Cargill is the largest importer of palm oil into North America, and is responsible for a significant amount of the global palm oil trade. Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nestlé, Pepsi, Mars, Ferrero Rocher, Mondelez and many other major brands have committed to only using deforestation-free palm oil. Cargill is also a major supplier to the doughnut sector—the most visible user of palm oil in the US—increasingly under pressure from consumers and forest advocates to adopt responsible purchasing standards for palm oil.

Today’s pledge moves Cargill toward the new benchmark for responsible sourcing of palm oil, set by agribusiness competitors like Wilmar International and Golden Agri-Resources that together control most of the world’s supply. Cargill will need a detailed implementation plan and also needs to verify rapid compliance or termination of problematic suppliers such as Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK), which a Businessweek investigation found uses forced and child labor to toil on its plantations. It also should take further action to reduce use of hazardous pesticides and to treat methane emissions from palm oil mills, a globally significant source of climate pollution.

Palm oil is a $50 billion a year commodity. It is in half of all consumer goods on the shelves, but is too often grown by clearing tropical forests for oil palm plantations. That threatens the lives of tens of millions of people who depend on rainforests to survive – and pushes species like Sumatran tigers and orangutans to the brink. Clearing carbon-rich peatlands also sends huge amounts of carbon pollution into the atmosphere.

“Cargill should now turn to meaningful, fast and transparent implementation to deliver on the promise they made today,” said Hurowitz. “Through its involvement in the Brazilian soy moratorium, Cargill has already proven that it’s possible to eliminate deforestation while increasing production. Now they need to extend these no-deforestation principles across all of their commodities, such as soy, sugar and cattle.”

Palm oil is not the first time Cargill has engaged on the sustainability impact of its commodity business. A few years ago, a quarter of Amazon deforestation was driven by soy production. But after feedback from customers like McDonald’s, Cargill became a leader in establishing a moratorium on new forest clearing. As a result, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon declined from 25 percent for soy to 0.25% in just three years; and soy production kept increasing as growers planted on degraded lands instead of pristine forests. Today’s move could help translate into significant similar progress in the palm oil sector, and provide momentum to continue the soy moratorium.

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