YOU DID IT! Nearly 25,000 people like you demanded that candymakers stop their sourcing of Conflict Palm Oil from SPS II, one of the worst rainforest destroyers, AND IT WORKED!
Nestlé, Mars, and Hershey’s have publicly committed to stop buying palm oil from SPS II!
It’s a fantastic first step, but we can’t let these companies make a profit off of rainforest destruction and just walk away...What good does that do for the forests destroyed by SPS II to make their palm oil?
These companies need to step up and apply pressure to SPS II to do the right thing by restoring the forests that have been destroyed and establishing a credible resolution process for the land conflict with local communities.
Major palm oil producer and Indonesia’s largest food company, Indofood, was SANCTIONED by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the world’s largest certification system for “sustainable” palm oil.
Why is it being penalized? Indofood has been consistently exploiting workers on its plantations.
Unfortunately, relying on the RSPO is not enough. Joint venture partners PepsiCo, Yum! Brands, and Wilmar, and major financiers like Mizuho, Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG), SMBC Group, Rabobank and Standard Chartered must take action on Indofood. There is simply no excuse for inaction on exploitation.
We need your help to put pressure on the companies enabling Indofood’s abusive behavior. Send your message now! Demand that buyers, joint venture partners, and financiers end all business with Indofood for its exploitative labor practices.
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.
The companies that are destroying forests and abusing human rights need extensive financing in order to keep their operations running. One of the most destructive companies we’ve profiled, Indofood, is a prime example. Indofood is a major palm oil company that has been proven over and over again to engage in some of the worst violations of worker rights, and human rights, and deforestation. Meanwhile, the company is being propped up by Japanese banking giant Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG). That needs to stop, now.
As citizens of the world, we condemn abuses anywhere and call out the banks who pay for them. If financing of forest destroyers and those that violate human rights is global, so too must be our resistance.
Despite SMFG’s latest pledge to respect human rights and protect forests, the bank continues to fund timber, pulp, and palm oil companies with known ties to rainforest destruction and child labor.
Sign now to tell SMFG to immediately end all financing for any company found to be destroying forests, violating human rights, or threatening communities.
Under intense international pressure over its continued use of palm oil connected to rainforest destruction, human rights abuses and massive carbon pollution, PepsiCo has released its latest policy response to reform the company’s sprawling palm oil supply chain.
But PepsiCo’s updated policy still falls short of what’s needed to adequately address deforestation and human rights abuses on the ground. Despite five years of investigative reports and massive international consumer outcry, PepsiCo has once again missed an opportunity to truly clean up its controversial palm oil supply chain.
Tell PepsiCo to aggressively eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from its supply chain and stop doing business with notorious bad actors.
Further Reading: 5 years of investigative reports document the links between PepsiCo and forest destruction, human rights abuses, and Conflict Palm Oil
RAN, “PepsiCo and Others Connected to Ongoing Destruction of Critical Tripa Peatland.” May 2018.
RAN, Rainforest Foundation Norway, SumOfUs. “Palm Oil Sustainability Assessment of Salim-related companies in Borneo Peat forests.” April 2018.
ILRF, OPPUK, RAN. “The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil Revisited: How PepsiCo, Banks, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Perpetuate Indofood's Worker Exploitation.” November 2017.
RAN. “PepsiCo. Profits Over People and Planet Not 'Performance with Purpose.” April 2017.