Multinationals refuse transparency about the origin of palm oil, despite promise

Multinationals such as PepsiCo, Kellogg’s and Johnson & Johnson refuse to disclose where they get their palm oil use. That reports Greenpeace. The organization considers it unlikely that the brands their promises on deforestation will perform.


The market for palm oil is huge, the area where the raw material is extracted, is not. The deforestation in countries like Indonesia is rapidly increasing, so as to make place for the industry. That threatens the habitat and survival of species like the orang-oetang and the Sumatran tiger. To which threat to counter, decided sixteen global players by 2020 from only sustainably grown palm oil in their products.

2020-a promise is staggering

It is according to Greenpeace, however, doubtful that the big players that deadline will pick up. In January asked the ngo for them to make it known where their palm oil currently comes from. Only half of the multinationals have already done. Ferrero, Hershey, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo and PZ Cussons and Smuckers refused.

‘These brands have promised to deforestation by 2020, but with only less than two years on the counter, they will not succeed,’ says Greenpeace campaign manager Kiki Taufik. ‘Some companies, such as Nestle and Unilever, have clarity of egypt. The others let their customers grope in the dark.’ Also to news agency AFP wanted the conscious companies no clarity.

Each year, destroy lit fires hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest in Indonesia. The arsonists thus illegal land free to more palm oil plantations.

Read also: The myth of sustainable palm oil: “More communication than action’

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