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.

With its substantial purchasing power, the public sector is in a position to move the market toward sustainably-sourced commodities like timber and palm oil.

Sustainability, Public Procurement and the Future of Our Forests

Policymakers need to recognize that sustainability criteria in public procurement can go a long way in saving our forests. The sheer volume and…
Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, Leon Kaye, deforestation, human rights, supply chain, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cargill

Cargill Suspends Palm Oil Contracts with Controversial Producer

Cargill, the largest privately-owned food company in the U.S. and a major producer and supplier of palm oil to food processors worldwide, will…
Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, deforestation, Pepsico, Rainforest Action Network, Leon Kaye, human rights

Animated Video Highlights Labor Abuses in Palm Oil Supply Chain

Rainforest Action Network released an animated video on Facebook earlier this week that highlights its beef with the palm oil industry. The clear…
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Zero-Deforestation Commitments: What Do They Mean?

In a new report, the nonprofit organization Forests Trends analyzed more than 500 publicly-available corporate deforestation commitments. The ultimate question: Do these commitments…
Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, RSPO, World Resources Institute, Rainforest Action network, deforestation, human rights, Leon Kaye, supply chain, PepsiCo

Palm Oil’s Impact on People and the Planet Is Getting Worse, Say NGOs

The efforts of NGOs such as Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and the World Resources Institute demonstrate that the global palm oil industry has…
Hershey, chocolate, cacao, palm oil, animal welfare, Leon Kaye, animal rights, supply chain, responsible sourcing, fair trade

Hershey Pledges Improvement on Cacao, Palm Oil and Animal Welfare

Hershey's most recent corporate social responsibility report insists the company is ramping up efforts improving its record on cacao sourcing, palm oil procurement…
Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, IOI group, Unilever, RSPO, Leon Kaye, deforestation, malaysia

Suspended Palm Oil Producer Drops Lawsuit Against RSPO

Earlier this week, palm oil supplier IOI Group announced it will withdraw its lawsuit against the RSPO as more consumer brands broke ties…
Palm oil, sustainable palm oil, Indonesia, Malaysia, deforestation, RSPO, Leon Kaye

Leading Palm Oil Producer Sues RSPO in Swiss Court

The Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group is suing the RSPO in a Zurich, Switzerland court, over what it says is an unfair…
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Big News: Golden Agri Resources Commits to Fully-Traceable Palm Oil

One of the largest palm oil companies in the world, Singapore-based Golden Agri Resources (GAR), has announced a four-year plan to trace more…
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Think Beyond The Menu and Help the Planet

Four out of 10 survey respondents think environmental sustainability will be the hottest menu trend a decade from now.
Sustainable palm oil, palm oil, Unilever, supply chain, Leon Kaye, RSPO, deforestation, RSPO

Unilever Severs Ties with Major Palm Oil Supplier

After an investigation concluded that Malaysia-based IOI Group, one of the largest suppliers of palm oil on the planet, was responsible for deforestation…
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Greenpeace: Brands (Still) Not Doing Enough to Protect Indonesian Forests

Last year's horrendous Southeast Asian forest fires should have been a wake-up call to companies to ensure their supply chains were free of…
Starbucks, palm oil, sustainable palm oil, deforestation, Union of Concerned Scientists, southeast Asian haze crisis, Leon Kaye, pulp and paper, supply chain

Starbucks Accused of Lagging on Deforestation Commitments

A coalition of NGOs is urging Starbucks to make bolder moves in order to cut deforestation and irresponsibly-sourced palm oil and paper out…
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Making Zero-Deforestation Commitments Work

Zero-deforestation commitments are a major topics at the Global Landscapes Forum taking place alongside COP21 in Paris.
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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…
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