Add this to PepsiCo’s conflict palm oil file: we’ve released a report that ties the snack food giant to massive-scale deforestation in Indonesia, home to our precious orangutans.
PepsiCo has knowingly stayed in business with the Salim Group, a company tied to reckless palm oil producers responsible for the destruction of nearly 10,000 hectares of Borneo’s pristine peat forests––an area bigger than Manhattan!
Meanwhile, PepsiCo keeps on promising that it’s working towards a truly sustainable palm oil policy, making commitments to human rights and zero deforestation. But this new report leaves no doubt: this whole time, PepsiCo’s palm oil promises have been nothing but smoke and mirrors.
Tell PepsiCo it's time to cut ties with companies destroying our rainforests and exploiting their workers for cheap palm oil.
While PepsiCo makes profits cutting corners in its palm oil policy, people and the planet are paying a steep price. Tropical rainforests are falling at increasing rates for new palm oil plantations -- pushing endangered species like Borneo’s pygmy elephant to the brink of extinction.
Field investigations and satellite analysis show that palm oil companies tied to the Salim Group have continued to destroy carbon-rich peat forests in Borneo for five years straight. The destruction has continued in defiance of Indonesian laws, fueling the fires that rage each year, accelerating climate change, and causing a health crisis for local communities.
Why did PepsiCo partners engage in such reckless practices? It’s the cheapest way to clear a forest for a palm oil plantation.
Tell PepsiCo we won't stand for conflict palm oil: it's time to cut ties with companies causing climate chaos.
We won’t take any more of PepsiCo’s empty promises while it continues to work with repeat offenders who destroy rainforests and exploit workers.
We’re calling on Pepsi to adopt a comprehensive “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” palm oil policy, and to close the loopholes that give its business partners and palm oil suppliers a free pass to operate with no sustainability standards.
In 2015, SumOfUs members demanded action and PepsiCo responded to the pressure by adopting a palm oil policy. We need you to raise your voice again so that PepsiCo knows it must stop its partner from wreaking havoc on people and the planet.
Join us in telling PepsiCo: it's time to stop being complicit and to cut conflict palm oil for good.
Aidenvironment . 11 April 2018.
The Guardian. 21 July 2017.