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.

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.

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…

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 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…

Making Zero-Deforestation Commitments Work

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…