Big buyers of palm oil may have adopted forest-friendly purchasing policies, but they appear still to have little control over their suppliers’ practices
Two years after a Greenpeace campaign led to big names in the palm oil industry agreeing to curb deforestation, and around 400 international members of the Consumer Goods Forum committed to zero-deforestation supply chains by 2020, pledges are going unfulfilled, and the rate of deforestation may be accelerating, particularly in Indonesia (see EthicsWatch, November 2015).
In a new report released this month, Greenpeace says a survey of 14 global consumer goods companies reveals that only two, Nestlé and Ferrero, the Italian manufacturer of Ferrero Rocher and Nutella, are making “significant headway” on removing deforestation from their palm oil supply chains. Of the others surveyed, Kellogg’s, Danone, Ikea, Mars, Orkla, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Mondelez, and General Mills are making some progress, while three, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi and Colgate Palmolive are “failing” to deliver on their promises.
Richard George, a forest campaigner for Greenpeace UK, says: “While there are very different degrees of progress, none of the companies can yet guarantee that their supply of palm oil is not linked to deforestation.”
Most of the companies surveyed are unable to say how much of their palm oil comes from suppliers that comply with...