palm oil

Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil derived from the palm fruit, grown on the African oil palm tree. This additive is a popular addition to many processed foods and even cleaning products. Oil palms are originally from Western Africa, but can flourish wherever heat and rainfall are abundant. Today, almost all palm oil is produced in, and exported from, Indonesia and Malaysia. Unfortunately palm oil production is not very sustainable in its current practices.


Palm Oil from Freshly-Burned Land: Coming to a Grocery Store Near You

Indonesia's fires are the biggest environmental disaster of 2015. Now, Greenpeace Indonesia drones found land burned in the past few weeks is already…

There’s No Time To Waste In Protecting Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

The Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia’s Aceh province is 6.5 million acres of tropical lowland rainforests, mountains and peatlands. It’s also a place where…
Haze visible from space envelops Borneo in 2006 as fires rage in Kalimantan, Indonesia. This year's fires are far worse, perhaps even the worst in history.

Indonesia’s Fires and the Companies at the End of a Burning Supply Chain

The largest fires in modern history are burning right now Indonesia. The resulting haze is creating a environmental catastrophe, putting the health of…
A Greenpeace campaign pressures Nestle (successfully) to source sustainable palm oil.

The Messy Business of Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil supply chains span the globe, and palm oil is hidden in half of the packaged products at the grocery store. TriplePundit's…

Lipsticks, Burgers, Orangutans and Climate Change

Countless agricultural commodities form the building blocks of thousands of products that are manufactured and traded globally by corporations. Over the past decades,…

India Takes Tentative Steps Toward Palm Oil Sustainability

India now wants to cut back on palm oil imports by promoting oil palm cultivation on Indian soil. Will this happen at the…
rain forest destruction

Cargill Releases New Policy On Forests

Cargill recently issued a new policy on forests, which it describes as a “comprehensive approach” to ending deforestation.

Time for Snack Food Companies to Commit to Ethical Palm Oil

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is calling out 20 laggards that are, by refusing to enact strong palm oil procurement policies, allowing for social…

How Strong Are Commitments to Source Sustainable Palm Oil?

Many of the largest players in the palm oil industry have made commitments to make their supply chains more sustainable. But what do…
Palm oil, Union of Concerned Scientists, transparency, Whole Foods, Colgate-Palmolive, supply chain, Leon Kaye, Kraft

Consumer Brands, Big Investors Call for Stronger Sustainable Palm Oil Standard

Archer Daniels Midland, ConAgra, Kellogg and institutional investors responsible for some $4 trillion of capital are among members of a multi-stakeholder group that…

L’Oreal USA Tracks Lofty Sustainability Goals in Annual Report

L’Oreal USA, the largest subsidiary of the L’Oreal Group, reduced carbon emissions by 57 percent last year. But that's not all.
Dialogue participants listening to a presentation from the AMANAH Association of oil palm smallholders

Dialogue in Action: Deforestation-Free Commitments in Indonesia

The Forests Dialogue launched its first of a series of field dialogues on understanding “deforestation-free” commitments in Riau Province, Indonesia. As stated by…
Palm oil, RSPO, Yum Brands, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, transparency, human rights, Leon Kaye, fast food

Yum! Brands Commits to 100 Percent Responsible Palm Oil

The purveyor of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell says it will ensure its suppliers meet guidelines set by the Roundtable on Sustainable…
Palm oil, Union of Concerned Scientists, transparency, Whole Foods, Colgate-Palmolive, supply chain, Leon Kaye, Kraft

Palm Oil Scorecard Shows Companies Still Have Much Work to Do

Union of Concerned Scientists released its 2nd annual palm oil report, which tracks 40 large companies sourcing huge amounts of palm oil within…
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ADM Bows to Shareholder Pressure, Commits to New Deforestation Policy

Food and commodities giant ADM, which has reached over US$80 billion in revenues, says it will develop a no-deforestation policy in a move…