Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 11
Does the brand have the objective to only source sustainable palm oil for all its store brand products by 2015 at the latest, and has the brand already purchased sustainable palm oil in order to stop e.g. the destruction of tropical forest for palm oil plantations?
Dutch version: Heeft de supermarktketen zich ten doel gesteld om in uiterlijk 2015 alleen nog ‘verantwoorde’ palmolie te gebruiken voor alle eigen merk producten, en heeft het merk al verantwoorde palmolie ingekocht, om onder meer de vernietiging van tropische bossen door palmolie plantages tegen te gaan?
German version: Hat sich der Markenhersteller das Ziel gesetzt, um spätestens bis 2015 ausschließlich Palmöl aus nachhaltigem Anbau - z.B. zum Schutz tropischer Wälder - für seine Eigenmarkenprodukte zu nutzen? Bezieht der Markenhersteller bereits Palmöl aus nachhaltigem Anbau?
Palm oil is used in about 50% of all packaged food products in supermarkets today and used in a wide range of foods (e.g. margarine, ice cream) and non-food products (e.g. shampoos to make them more ‘creamy’). Oil palms are highly efficient producers of high-quality, versatile oils. But they only grow in the tropics, where their cultivation can have negative impacts on people and the environment .
These impacts include forest clearing, habitat loss of threatened and endangered species, poor air quality from burning forests and peat lands, and disregard for the rights and interests of local communities. Palm oil plantations are now the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition, converting forests to plantations contributes to climate change, since 20% of all human-induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are caused by deforestation.
There are already several certifications (based on environmental and social standards) in place, as listed by FairFood . In response to the urgent global call for sustainably produced palm oil on the mainstream level, the Multi Stakeholder Initiative called Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004 with the objective promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through global standards and engagement of stakeholders. The first sustainable palm oil plantations were certified in 2008.
One of the key players in the RSPO is the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Their call to action towards companies is: Become an active member of the RSPO, put in place policies and systems to control where palm oil is sourced from, make public commitments for the use of 100% certified palm oil by 2015 at the latest and begin purchasing CSPO immediately . This is the benchmark used for the question, where Unilever and several other European companies already comply and sets the example (see page 4 of the WWF document). Note that also the other certifications as listed by Fairfood are eligible for this question.
Also note that there are several ways of buying sustainable Palm Oil, all are eligible to this question. Click [here] for background information.
Also when brands (companies) clearly don't use palm oil, you can give a 'yes'.