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.

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Mars, Inc. Plans to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Use in Direct Operations by 2040

Mars, Inc. has big sustainability goals. Its 2040 target is to eliminate all fossil fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from…
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Dr. Bronner’s Takes the Lead in Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil

One company making a difference with responsible palm oil sourcing is Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the famous manufacturer of castile soap.
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CSR Asia Highlights the Benefits of Sustainable Palm Oil

Giving smallholders greater say in multi-stakeholder initiatives holds out the promise of greater business opportunities and sustainability for palm oil producers, according to…
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3p Weekend: 10 Companies Committed to Sustainable Palm Oil

As consumers become more aware of palm oil-related deforestation, a select few companies are leading the charge and making bold commitments to sustainable…
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Video: The Basics of Palm Oil in Honduras

How is palm oil made? What is it used for? Where does it come from? Here's a quick video that should get you…
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Is Palm Oil-Driven Deforestation the Secret Ingredient in Your Favorite Products?

As I delved into the commitments these companies have made to address palm-related deforestation and peatland destruction, I was disheartened to see how…
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Mars Inc. Raises the Bar for Sustainable Palm Oil

Mars Bars, 3 Musketeer and Twix fans will be happy: Mars Inc. has heard the call for improved palm oil sourcing. It's joined…
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Who’s Who in Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing

Ever wonder where your favorite company stands on the issue of sustainably sourced palm oil? Well, the Union of Concerned Scientists have developed…
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Kellogg’s Pledges to Track Palm Oil Through Its Supply Chain

Kellogg's recently announced a new commitment to only purchasing palm oil that can be traced back to suppliers certified to protect forests and…
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Palm Oil Giant Commits to More Sustainable Forestry Practices

Your soap and chocolate bar may now be slightly less bad for the environment, or is it too late?
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Unilever Steps Up Its Ethical Origins Program for Certified Palm Oil

Last year, Unilever announced it had achieved its goal to source all palm oil from sustainable sources. This year it has even bigger…
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Photo Essay: Helicopter Flyover of Sumatran Biosphere Reserve and APP Plantations

The following photo essay was created during my visit to Asia Pulp and Paper's (APP) Perawang paper mill and plantation forests in Riau…
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On World Indigenous Peoples Day: the Case of Palm Oil

As use of palm oil rises, so does the politicalization of the fruit all the way up to the international division of labor…
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Marc Engel, Unilever’s Chief Procurement Officer on the Company’s Progress

Marc Engel, Unilever’s Chief Procurement Officer talks about the company’s progress in sourcing agricultural raw materials sustainably.
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Dunkin’ Donuts Commits to 100% Sustainable Palm Oil

Another major food company joined the ranks of companies with commitments to buy 100 percent sustainably sourced palm oil. The company is Dunkin'…