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Take action and tell brands that you won’t stand for any more @RSPOtweets #greenwashing #palmoil #deforestation and animal #extinction. Learn how to support the #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife

At this late stage in the #extinction crisis it is critical to demand change from brands now – We can’t wait for their #greenwashing promises like in the past – we do not have time! Here’s how to take action #Boycottpalmoil be #vegan and #Boycott4Wildlife

Contribute in five ways

1. Join the #Boycott4Wildlife on social media and subscribe to stay in the loop: Share posts from this website to your own network on Twitter, Mastadon, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube using the hashtags #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4Wildlife.

Join 11,928 other followers

2. Contribute stories: Academics, conservationists, scientists, indigenous rights advocates and animal rights advocates working to expose the corruption of the palm oil industry or to save animals can contribute stories to the website.

3. Supermarket sleuthing: Next time you’re in the supermarket, take photos of products containing palm oil. Share these to social media along with the hashtags to call out the greenwashing and ecocide of the brands who use palm oil. You can also take photos of palm oil free products and congratulate brands when they go palm oil free.

4. Take to the streets: Get in touch with Palm Oil Detectives to find out more.

5. Donate: Make a one-off or monthly donation to Palm Oil Detectives as a way of saying thank you and to help pay for ongoing running costs of the website and social media campaigns. Donate here

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Learn about major supermarket brands causing deforestation for palm oil, while claiming that this is “sustainable”


In 2020, retail giant Nestlé formed a coalition with other brands, virtue-signalling that they will stop all deforestation. Yet they continue to purchase palm oil from mills that chop down millions of hectares…

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In 2020, global retail giant Unilever unveiled a deforestation-free supply chain promise. By 2023 they would be deforestation free. If the past is any indication of the future – this brand has a…

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Despite the virtue-signalling of the palm oil certification body the RSPO, Mondelez’s so-called “sustainable” palm oil is linked to 37.000ha of palm oil deforestation since 2016 (Source: Chain Reaction Research). Mondelez destroys rainforests,…

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Despite global retail giant Colgate-Palmolive forming a coalition with other brands in 2020, virtue-signalling that they will stop all deforestation, they continue to do this – destroying rainforest and releasing mega-tonnes of carbon…

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‘Our goal is by 2020 to have none of our products linked to deforestation.’ L’Oreal’s website statement on palm oil This target has been and gone. Still, enormous environmental and social damage continues…

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Despite decades of promises to end deforestation for palm oil PepsiCo (owner of crisp brands Frito-Lay and Doritos amongst hundreds of other snack food brands) have continued sourcing palm oil that causes ecocide,…

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Learn why you should boycott palm oil rather than wait for “sustainable” palm oil to become a reality

10 Tactics of Sustainable Palm Oil Greenwashing

Greenwashing Tactic #1: Hidden Trade Off

When a brand makes token changes while continuing with deforestation, ecocide or human rights abuses in another part of their business – this is ‘Hidden Trade Off’ For example, Nestle talks up satellite monitoring to stop palm oil deforestation. Yet…

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Greenwashing Tactic #2: No Proof

Claiming a brand or commodity is green without any supporting evidence The RSPO promises to deliver this with their certification: 1. Improves the livelihoods of small holder farmers 2. Stops illegal indigenous land-grabbing and human rights abuses 3. Stops deforestationThey…

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Greenwashing Tactic #3: Vagueness

Claiming a brand or commodity is ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ based on broad generalisations, unclear language or vague statements Jump to section Greenwashing: Vagueness in Language Greenwashing: Vagueness in certification standards Reality: Auditing of RSPO a failure Quote: EIA: Who Watches…

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Greenwashing Tactic #4: Fake Labels

Claiming a brand or commodity is green based on unreliable, ineffective endorsements or eco-labels such as the RSPO, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or FairTrade coffee and cocoa. Greenwashing: Fake Labels and fake certifications Ecolabels are designed to reassure consumers that…

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Greenwashing Tactic #5: Irrelevance and Deflection

Claiming a brand, commodity or industry is green based on irrelevant information Jump to section Greenwashing: Irrelevant Topics Greenwashing: Colonial Racism Research: Palm oil greenwashing and its link to climate denialism Reality: RSPO Certification Doesn’t Stop Deforestation, Human Rights Abuses…

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Greenwashing Tactic #6: The Lesser of Two Evils

Claiming that a brand, commodity or industry is greener than others in the same category, in order to excuse ecocide, deforestation, human rights and animal rights abuses. Jump to section Greenwashing: Lesser of Two Evils: Palm Oil Uses Less Land…

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Greenwashing Tactic #7: Lying

Telling outright lies over and over again to consumers until they are believed as truth Jump to section Greenwashing: Endangered species Reality: Endangered species Greenwashing: Human rights, land-grabbing and livelihoods for workers Reality: Human rights, land-grabbing and livelihoods for workers…

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Greenwashing Tactic #8: Design & Words

Using design principles and greenwashing language in order to trigger emotional and unconscious responses in consumers Jump to section Greenwashing: Design Principles Greenwashing Design Example: Palm Done Right Greenwashing Design Example: WWF Palm Oil Scorecard 2021 Greenwashing with Words: Vegan…

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Stop Nigeria’s Lawless Palm Oil Juggernaut

Palm oil production in Nigeria is a destructive and violent business. Companies like Okomu Oil Palm Plantation Plc (OOPC) are clearing forests with breathtaking speed and leaving destroyed livelihoods and human rights violations in their wake. Please support the struggle of local communities for their rights and for nature.

Write to the President of Nigeria and tell him the killing of endangered species must stop now!

To: the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; Governor Godwin Obaseki

“OOPC is destroying Nigeria’s remaining forests, as well as grabbing the land and violating the rights of thousands. Please protect nature and local communities.”

PepsiCo & Doritos: It’s crunch time to adopt a zero deforestation policy!

That sound when you bite down on Doritos? That’s the sound of rainforests being “crunched” to make way for massive palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia. Workers, and even children, are trapped in modern slavery on the plantations. Forests and peatlands are burned to the ground, driving endangered species like orangutans to extinction and polluting the Earth’s atmosphere with gigatons of greenhouse gases — all to make palm oil.

Doritos’ parent company, PepsiCo, could put a stop to the deforestation. But instead of leading the charge, PepsiCo is hanging back, issuing middling policies with gaps so big a parade of endangered pygmy elephants could fit through them. 

Tell Doritos, it’s crunch time to adopt a global, time-bound, responsible palm oil policy

Adopt an Animal

When you adopt an endangered animal, your money helps organisations that are on the forefront of the battle to save these species from extinction.

Adopt a Gorilla

Support the animals threatened in the Congo

Virunga National Park – Congo

Virunga National Park’s heroic rangers put their lives on the line, sometimes they are even murdered. All to protect for the small number of gorillas left in the wild. Find out more about their work.

As oil-palm plantations in Asia reach capacity, Africa is becoming the new frontier for this crop. Unfortunately, such areas coincide with good Gorilla habitat: 73.8% of the Western Lowland Gorilla’s range is considered suitable for oil palm (Wich et al. 2014).

There are only around 1,063 mountain gorillas left in the wild. Habitat loss is emerging as a major threat to Western Gorillas.

Diseases and poaching and COVID 19 also pose a threat.(IUCN Red List)

Adopt a Tree Kangaroo

Support the animals threatened in Papua New Guinea

scottae is critically endangered in Papua New Guinea
The Tenkile Dendrolagus scottae is critically endangered in Papua New Guinea

The Tenkile (a species of Tree Kangaroo) is critically endangered in Papua New Guinea as a result of palm oil plantations. See the full list of animals endangered in Papua New Guinea. The Tenkile Conservation Alliance protect the entire Torricelli Mountain Range which includes all biodiversity including 50% of PNG’s bird species, 65% of PNG’s frog and reptile species and 40% of PNG’s mammal species.

The Tenkile Conservation Alliance

The Tenkile Conservation Alliance works by engaging 13,000 local people from 50 villages who own the Torricelli Mountain Range. This strategy is aims to prevent communities from choosing large scale exploitative activities such as logging and mining in the palm oil industry. Donate now or find out more about their work.

Adopt an Orangutan

There are many places you can adopt an Orangutan, and many Not for Profits working in the conservation space in Malaysia and Borneo. However, many NGOs and charities promote the idea of palm oil being “sustainable” even though the RSPO has not managed to stop deforestation in the 19 years it has been in action – not for ONE of its members in the palm oil supply chain, an absolutely disgraceful result. So – if you want to support an orangutan charity that will cut through the BS and tell the truth about deforestation, instead of supporting greenwashing you should support OrangutanTOP or Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) and avoid supporting BOS because although BOS do superb work, they are also supporting the greenwashing of the palm oil industry, and its continued destruction of rainforests, rather than being critical of it.

Orangutan Foundation International (OFI)

Orangutan Foundation International (OFI)
Orangutan Foundation International (OFI)

Orangutan Foundation International and its founder Dr Birute Mary Galdikas are the foremost orangutan experts in the world. Dr Birute has dedicated her entire life towards looking after orangutans in the field. She has been rescuing and rehabilitating orangutans for over 50 years. Dr Birute has seen first-hand the devastation of palm oil on these beautiful creatures and she does not mince words with how she describes the palm oil industry.

She is a vocal critic of the RSPO on social media and regularly stands her ground and speaks strongly against the palm oil industry’s greenwashing, corruption and lies. Often, as a result of this, she faces absolutely vicious trolling, harassment, gaslighting and abuse from lobbyists in the palm oil industry such as Orangutan Land Trust. Orangutan Foundation International along with many other NGOs such as Greenpeace, EIA, Global Witness and Friends of the Earth believe that the RSPO is a greenwashing con.

Dr Birute supports the #Boycott4Wildlife.

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