Palm oil is a versatile ingredient, found in many household and food products, including from General Mills.
Unfortunately, although exceptionally useful, palm oil is also associated with major sustainability impacts where the oil palms are grown: chiefly Indonesia and Malaysia, but also in West/Central Africa and Latin America.
New oil palm plantations have already replaced natural forests on a significant scale, with correspondingly serious consequences for biodiversity, including iconic forest species such as orangutans, as well as wider environmental effects.
New Pulp and Paper Policy expands commitment tohelpprevent deforestation
Palm Oil Tracing Update: Tracing to mills nearly complete and mapping to plantations ahead of schedule
HERSHEY, Pa., December 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today made new commitments to help prevent deforestation in its supply chain by launching a comprehensive Pulp and Paper Policy and announcing an update on its efforts to trace its global palm oil supply chain.
Palm oil is one of the most widely used vegetable oils, accounting for ~65% of all vegetable oil traded internationally. It can be found in thousands of products, from food items like baked goods and ice cream to personal care products such as cosmetics, shampoos and detergents. Palm oil is derived from the fruit of oil palm trees which are found in tropical regions such as Indonesia and Malaysia. Oil palm trees are known for yielding more oil from less land than any other vegetable oil.
Monoculture. It displaces native plant and animal species, it leads to long-term soil quality degradation, and, in tropical areas, it often means the razing of those beautifully bio-diverse, carbon-capturing rain forests. Our guest today on Sea Change Radio is Rhett Butler, the founder of the popular non-profit environmental science and conservation website, Mongabay. When we checked in last with Butler he talked about the rapid expansion of palm oil cultivation and its ripple effect on ecosystems all over the tropics.
Initial Mapping Effort is First Step to Validating Responsible Palm Oil Sources
HERSHEY, Pa., April 23, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today announced the results of its first phase in tracing its global palm oil supply chain. Working in partnership with The Forest Trust (TFT), Hershey has traced its supply chain to more than 94 percent of all the mills that supply its palm and palm kernel oil globally.
Yum! is still committed to implementing its global nutritional policy that includes removal of palm oil as cooking oil in restaurants by 2017. In extenuating circumstances and by exception, markets that will not meet our nutrition policy timeline will have a plan in place to source 100% sustainable palm oil by the end of 2017.
Mars implements policies for beef, soy, paper and pulp in efforts to combat global deforestation
MCLEAN, USA, January 22, 2015 /3BL Media/ --- Mars has launched three new policies aimed at reducing deforestation in its beef, soy, paper and pulp supply chains. These policies fulfill a commitment made in its Deforestation Policy (announced March 2014) and outline clear targets that focus on the raw materials offering the biggest opportunity to reduce the impact that Mars has on sensitive forest lands.
Safeway surpassed our goal to source 1 million pounds of responsibly produced palm oil in 2014 by sourcing over 2.6 million pounds of responsible palm oil as of October 1st. We also set a new goal for 2015.
The oil squeezed out of oil palm fruit is used in many different products and it comes from oil palm plantations based in tropical countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Nigeria. Some palm oil production has been linked to deforestation, wetland destruction and human rights violations, such as child labor and human trafficking.