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New Tool Encourages Monitoring of Working Conditions in Palm Oil Plantations

New Tool Encourages Monitoring of Working Conditions in Palm Oil Plantations

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and technology company Ulula have partnered to introduce a simplified and inclusive mechanism to report potential workers’ incidents and abuses, and to monitor employee satisfaction and social investments in oil palm plantations. The tool, which has been made available free of charge through simple … Read more »

GAR-Owned Mills Trace Palm Oil to the Plantation. So Why Should You Care?

GAR-Owned Mills Trace Palm Oil to the Plantation. So Why Should You Care?

Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) says that its 44 own mills have achieved 100% traceability back to the source plantation for its palm oil supply. Why bother? Companies that fail to manage their environmental performance, including deforestation, expose themselves to business risks

Lack of Consumer Demand and Cost Keep Companies from Sustainable Palm Oil Plans

Lack of Consumer Demand and Cost Keep Companies from Sustainable Palm Oil Plans

While global companies like PepsiCo and McDonald’s are working toward sourcing 100% of their palm oil from sustainable sources, companies in the areas where the most palm oil is produced seem to be far less focused on that goal. Some cite cost and

PepsiCo Now Traces 90% of Palm Oil Back to the Mill to Ensure Future Supply

PepsiCo Now Traces 90% of Palm Oil Back to the Mill to Ensure Future Supply

Making food systems more sustainable – and thus ensuring a steady supply of the products necessary to food production – is a key factor in the ongoing financial success of food manufacturers, and an issue that is proving that sustainability is an important aspect of an overall business strategy. But … Read more »

Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Plans Sustainable Sourcing for Packaging, Palm Oil, Fish

Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Plans Sustainable Sourcing for Packaging, Palm Oil, Fish

The world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, Arcos Dorados, acknowledged in its just-published sustainability report that its large footprint across Latin America and the Caribbean means that it must “take a leadership role” in terms of implementing programs that will improve its environmental impact. The company said, for example, that “many” of … Read more »

CGF Publishes Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines for Consumer Goods, Retail Industries

The Consumer Goods Forum has published guidelines to help the consumer goods and retail industries to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. The Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines aim to assist companies in designing their own policies for sourcing palm oil more sustainably, and were developed by CGF retailer and … Read more »

Palm Oil Giant Lists Suppliers Online

Palm Oil Giant Lists Suppliers Online

Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader, has become the first industry player to offer transparency of its palm-oil supply chain on-line. The company expects this move to help it achieve its goal of excluding deforestation and exploitation from its operations. Jeremy Goon, Wilmar’s chief sustainability officer, said the … Read more »

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Sainsbury’s Increases Sustainable Palm Oil Products

Ninety-five percent of the palm oil used to make Sainsbury’s own-brand products is now certified sustainable, according to the company. Sainsbury’s has almost 400 own-brand products that are made with segregated certified sustainable palm oil ranging from steak pie through to hand soap. With 396 own-brand products made with fully … Read more »

IKEA

Ikea Pledges 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

Ikea is the latest company to commit to using only sustainably sourced palm oil. The company isn’t a major palm oil user but says palm oil can be found in the manufacturing of a small number of Ikea products, mainly in candles and as a food ingredient, and is also … Read more »

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Cargill ‘On Track’ to Map 80% of Palm Oil to Mills This Year

Cargill says it’s on track to map 80 percent of its palm oil in key markets back to individual mills by the end of this year and 100 percent of all mills by December 2015, according to the company’s first progress report on sustainable palm oil. The report lays out … Read more »

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