PZ Cussons

PZ Cussons - Carex responsible for palm oil deforestation despite supposedly using "sustainable" palm oil. Image: Greenpeace

PZ Cussons is a British-owned global retail giant. They own well-known supermarket brands in personal care, cleaning, household goods and toiletries categories, such as Imperial Leather, Morning Fresh, Carex, Radiant laundry powder and more. (See below for full list)

Savvy consumers have been pressuring PZ Cussons to cease using deforestation palm oil. Yet they have failed on this. From their website:

‘We first published our action plan in October 2018 with the aim that by 2020 100% of the palm oil we use would come from producers whose entire operations have been independently verified compliant with No Deforestation/No Peat/No Exploitation (NDPE) standards.’

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This phrasing above means absolutely nothing. In 2020, PZ Cusson’s supply chain continued to slash and burn thousands of hectares of forests and release mega-tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. PZ Cussons is therefore involved in the killing thousands of endangered species. Once these animals are gone – they are gone for good. See research on PZ Cusson’s palm oil sources including Mulia Sawit, Peputra Group and Musirawas three massive polluting and forest destroying mills. Here is a PDF of their palm oil mills.

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Global Witness October 2021 Report: Violence and death for palm oil connected to household supermarket brands (RSPO members)

“One palm oil firm, Rimbunan Hijau, [Papua New Guinea] negligently ignored repeated and avoidable worker deaths and injuries on palm oil plantations, with at least 11 workers and the child of one worker losing their lives over an eight-year period.

“Tainted palm oil from Papua New Guinea plantations was sold to household name brands, all of them RSPO members including Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Colgate, Danone, Hershey’s and PZ Cussons and Reckitt Benckiser”

The true price of palm oil: How global finance funds deforestation, violence and human rights abuses in Papua New Guinea – Global Witness, 2021

  • PZ Cussons Musirawas palm oil deforestation
  • PZ Cussons Peputra group palm oil deforestation
  • PZ Cussons mulia sawit palm oil deforestation

PZ Cussons makes grand claims of sustainability and they are RSPO members. Yet despite all of this greenwashing, they continue to buy palm oil from 3 mills in Indonesia collectively responsible for 38,000ha of deforestation in 2020. Mulia Sawit, Peputra Group and Musirawas three massive polluting and forest destroying mills. Here is a PDF of their palm oil mills.

Source: chain reaction research
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Palm Oil Detectives thinks it is wise to boycott all PZ Cussons sub-brands below until it is verified that they have stopped 100% of their deforestation activities throughout the world.

PZ Cussons own a vast global empire of personal care and cleaning sub-brands

The most updated list of their stable of brands from their website includes:

Bayley’s of Bond Street
Charles Worthington
Cussons Baby
Cussons Kids
Devon Kings
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Fudge Professional
Fudge Urban
Haier Thermocool
Imperial Leather

Morning Fresh
Original Source
Premier Cool
Rafferty’s Garden
Radiant Laundry
Sanctuary Spa
St Tropez
Venus for You

More Information

The Chain: Repeat Offenders Continue to Clear Forests for Oil Palm in Southeast Asia (February 2021)

PZ Cussons website

PZ Cussons and Wilmar (palm oil giant) in Nigeria

PZ Cussons promise on being deforestation free by 2020. Hint: They failed

Research: Palm Oil deforestation and its connection to retail brands (February 2021)

PZ Cussons complete palm oil mill list Dec 2019


Published by Palm Oil Detectives

Hi, I’m Palm Oil Detective’s Editor in Chief. Palm Oil Detectives is partly a consumer website about palm oil in products and partly an online community for writers, scientists, conservationists, artists and musicians to showcase their work and express their love for endangered species. I have a strong voice for creatures great and small threatened by deforestation. With our collective power we can shift the greed of the retail and industrial agriculture sectors and through strong campaigning we can stop them cutting down forests. Be bold! Be courageous! Join the #Boycott4Wildlife and stand up for the animals with your supermarket choices

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