Despite the green tick of approval for the industry certification the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), as of 2020, there have been no brands confirmed to have stopped purchasing palm oil from mills causing deforestation. According to watchdog Chain Reaction Research, even brands with NDPE policies in place (no peatland and deforestation) are still able to purchase palm oil from the palm oil ‘spot market’. So these big brands are still contributing to forest destruction and massive animal extinction.
Read research @EIA_News @Greenpeace @RAN @crresearch. The wanton destruction of the world’s forests will trigger mass extinction of animals, toxic air we cannot breath, the end of the planet we live on within decades #Boycott4WildlifeTweet
See this 2021 webinar from Chain Reaction Research on the topic of this very troubling loophole in the RSPO.
This is unacceptable. Deforestation, whether it’s for wood, soy, oil palm or any other crop causes species extinction on a massive scale. This wanton destruction of the forests will trigger the end the end of the planet we live on in this century, maybe within the next few decades.
If you need more evidence of this – view Palm Oil Detectives’ vast list of animal species going extinct – the main reason for these species going extinct is deforestation.
2020’s Top Deforesters for Oil Palm in Southeast Asia: A Lower Rate of Deforestation, but the Same Culprits
Failings in enforcement undermine the efforts to stop illegal logging in Indonesia
February 2021 White Paper: Forests: Burning Questions, Credibility of sustainable palm oil still illusive
Retailers and Banks Causing Deforestation
Source: Rainforest Action Network (RAN)’s March 2020 Whitepaper
The terrible climate cost of global brands’ addiction to commodities linked to ongoing deforestation, peatland damage and fires
Brands using deforestation palm oil in their products
How Unilever and other global brands continue to fuel Indonesia’s fires
How Does the Palm Oil Spot Market Contribute to Deforestation? CRR Webinar July 2020
According to Risk Assessment Analysts Chain Reaction Research, Palm oil spot markets have become a backdoor that has allowed non-compliant producers to enter into the supply chains of companies with No Deforestation, No Peatland, and No Exploitation policies. The spot market’s nature allows palm products to cross many hands before reaching their final destinations, making due diligence difficult.
Retailers and FMCG Giants do not take deforestation seriously enough to warrant change
A 2020 webinar by Chain Reaction Research
A 2012 Infographic of Brand Ownership
This infographic is a whos-who of major retail brands that in 2021 continue to use palm oil directly implicated in deforestation. Source: Open Food Facts.