Unilever: fix your palm oil policy -- NOW!

Unilever: fix your palm oil policy -- NOW!

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Temperature’s rising and you might feel like indulging in a Magnum ice cream bar. Well think about it twice. Your favorite summer treat is linked to mass deforestation, human, and workers’ rights abuse in Southeast Asia.

In fact, all of Unilever’s -- owner of Magnum -- palm oil products are at “extreme risk” of containing palm oil that worsens climate change, traps workers in slavery and pushes animals like orangutans to the brink of extinction.

Unilever was one of the first big corporations to recognize the need for change in the palm oil industry, but now it’s lagging way behind. The mega-corporation has recently updated its palm oil policy, but this latest iteration still fails to address supplier compliance, and human and labor rights violations. Will you speak up to protect Southeast Asia’s forests, wildlife, and workers?

Let’s tell Magnum that its current policy is not good enough -- it needs to fix it, NOW!

Although it just published a new palm oil policy, Unilever still sources its palm oil from dodgy suppliers which engage in deforestation, labour rights abuses and land grabbing. Worse, Unilever has no public plan laying out exactly how and when it will make its supply chain fully traceable, transparent and independently verified.

That’s not good enough. Unilever needs to adopt a strong policy and take real action to end the forest destruction and human rights abuses across its supply chain before more forests fall and more lives are broken.

The stakes could not be higher. Deforestation has made Indonesia the third largest carbon emitter in the planet. And while the planet loses precious, carbon-storing peatlands and forests, orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and other endangered species are losing their homes. As for workers, they’re lucky if they haven’t been trafficked or receive a salary at all.

Tell Magnum & Unilever to fix its palm oil policy and cut conflict palm oil from its supply chain once and for good.

Thanks to SumOfUs members and our partners, there’s been a huge shift in the global palm oil supply chain over the past few years. We’ve taken on some of the world’s biggest consumer companies on palm oil -- and won! We pushed Starbucks, McDonald's and KFC to adopt responsible palm oil policies and commit to ending deforestation in their supply chains. And we got PepsiCo to introduce a palm oil commitment, which we’re campaigning hard to improve.

But, if we’re going to end the devastation caused by palm oil, we need to transform the entire supply chain. And getting Unilever, one of the world’s biggest consumer companies, to commit to a strong palm oil policy would be a huge step towards achieving that.

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