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.

Leading Global Palm Oil Supplier Announces Labor Reform

One of the world's largest palm oil producers, IOI Group of Malaysia, announced this week that it has launched three new labor policies…

2,000 TriplePundit Articles Later, The Organizations I Most Admire

2,000 articles later, Leon Kaye names the organizations that lead when it comes to responsible and sustainable business worldwide.

Renewable Fuel Standard Ready for an Overhaul?

A coalition of environment groups has urged the federal government to enact more cuts in biofuels production, as they claim the environmental promises…

Samsung Note 8 Linked to Deforestation, Says NGO

According to the NGO Mighty Earth, Samsung is using proceeds from the sales of products such as Note 8 smartphones to develop palm…

HSBC Investigates Major Palm Oil Supplier Over Deforestation Allegations

The global banking giant HSBC has launched an investigation of a major Indonesian palm oil supplier over allegations that the company has been…

The Impact of Food-for-Fuel: UK Study Weighs in on Biofuels

A United Kingdom study recently concluded that biofuels can have a critical role to play in the mitigation of future climate change risks,…

Brazilian Agribusiness Eyes Palm Oil: Is the Amazon in Further Danger?

A recent report reveals Brazil is becoming more aggressive about being a major player in the global palm oil industry. While this development…

Palm Oil from Alleged SE Asia Deforester Hits the Market – But So Far, No Takers

One of South Korea’s largest conglomerates has produced a massive amount of palm oil with alleged links to deforestation in Indonesia. But POSCO…

Rainforest Alliance and Europe’s UTZ Announce Merger

Rainforest Alliance and UTZ have announced they will merge by the end of this year. The new Rainforest Alliance will eliminate double certifications…

21 Percent of Palm Oil Now Responsibly Sourced

The RSPO recently announced that 21 percent of the world's palm oil supply is now certified as sustainably sourced. NGOs reply, however, that…

NGO Attacks Pepsi’s Palm Oil Sourcing and Links to Deforestation, Human Rights Abuses

Rainforest Action Network continues to pressure PepsiCo about its palm oil sourcing, and its links to deforestation and human rights. This time, RAN…

EU Says No to Palm Oil for Biofuel: Corn and Soy Could Be Next

On Tuesday, the European Parliament approved a resolution calling for the EU to phase out the use of vegetable oils, including palm oil,…

Kraft Heinz Releases New Palm Oil Policy, But Some NGOs Are Skeptical

Yesterday the $26 billion food giant Kraft Heinz announced a commitment to create a more sustainable supply chain -- in part by revamping…

Mars, Nestlé, Mondelēz Pledge to End Deforestation in Cocoa Supply Chain

The U.K.'s Prince Charles hosted a meeting that brought representatives of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers, including Mars, Nestlé, Mondelēz and Hershey, together…

Reports Praise Corporate Progress on Deforestation, But Much Work Lies Ahead

More global companies are not only developing deforestation commitments, but are also sharing and updating their progress publicly, according to a report issued…