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.

Amnesty International: Child Labor Continues in Indonesian Palm Oil

Amnesty International describes the global palm oil industry as a “disgrace.” Lands continue to be cleared for plantations, where workers -- some of…

Agreement Reached on ‘No Deforestation’ Standards for Palm Oil Companies

A new deforestation agreement inked in Bangkok this week promises to offer companies more clarity on how they can make their supply chains…

Ties to Labor and Human Rights Among Palm Oil Leaders and Laggards

Palm oil defines the world's struggle to make more food and consumer goods products while mitigating their impact on people. So, who are…

As Palm Oil Abuses Widen, WWF Releases Global Scorecard

A new WWF scorecard, which evaluates companies’ performance on palm oil sourcing, offers some hope and surprise to consumers. But the retail and…

Study: Almost 100,000 Deaths in Indonesia Linked to Forest Fires, Illegal Palm Oil

A Harvard University study suggests smoke from slash-and-burn agricultural fires caused approximately 100,000 deaths throughout Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries last fall.

Greenpeace Taps Big Data and Collaboration to Halt Deforestation

Greenpeace worked with private companies to develop a big-data approach that can identify the world’s most valuable forests.

Deforestation from Palm Oil Production Continues to Spread in Indonesia

Despite zero-deforestation pledges, some palm oil companies continue with deforestation and the denial of human rights in Indonesia, say a group of environmental…

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…

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…

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…

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’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 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…

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…

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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