How’s this for a scary story: candymakers Nestlé, Mars, Hershey’s, and Mondelēz are still sourcing Conflict Palm Oil from PT SPS II, a company our field investigators, and government officials, have found illegally destroying habitat and rainforest in the orangutan capital of the world time and time again.
Chocolate doesn't taste like rainforest destruction or orangutan extinction. That's why it’s so easy for folks to forget what’s in it. And for these four candymakers, millions of dollars in profits makes it easy for them to ignore that this holiday is fueled by something very rotten.
We don’t want to stop trick-or-treaters — they are far too adorable — but we can call on Nestlé, Mars, Hershey’s, and Mondelēz to cut ties with this bad actor before it can do any more damage. Demand that the candy our children are filling their baskets with doesn’t come with the curse of Conflict Palm Oil.
To the companies that make our candy,
I’m writing today because, this Halloween, I want kids to be able to go trick-or-treating without my having to worry that the candy they’re bringing home contains palm oil from growers who illegally destroy rainforest and orangutan habitat in the Leuser Ecosystem.
Your sourcing of Conflict Palm Oil from PT Surya Panen Subur II must end. The evidence of ongoing deforestation and land conflict is right in front of you, the company has been sanctioned by the Indonesian government, and yet you still allow your suppliers to source palm oil from it.
This can’t possibly line up with your responsible palm oil policies.
I don’t have the power to stop this on my own but you do. Please PLEASE cut ties with this notorious grower. It’s time to send a message to PT SPS II and others like it that the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem is unacceptable. And it’s time you showed us that you are a company of integrity who can truly stand by your products.
P.S. In May 2018, RAN published a case study exposing the ongoing destruction in the PT SPS II concession and calling on your company to take action. For months you've done nothing. There is no more time for delays.