BAN PALM OIL
BAN PALM OIL
Why this petition matters
Back in 2010, some of the worlds biggest brands promised to protect forests and clean up the palm oil industry by 2020. That's less than 2 months away and companies are miles away from ending deforestation for palm oil. Many still don't know where their palm oil comes from. There's no way for brands to tell how much forest is being destroyed to supply them with cheap palm oil and brands have broken their promise to clean up the palm oil industry. To save Indonesia's rainforests, brands have to use less palm oil, and any palm oil they do use must come from suppliers that are 100% deforestation-free.
In 2004 the palm oil industry set up the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). RSPO members have their palm oil 'certified sustainable' and brands using this palm oil get to claim that their palm oil is 'sustainable'. Most supermarkets in the UK use palm oil in their products.
It took 14 years for RSPO to ban its members from destroying forests, which it did in November 2018. This new rule has not yet been enforced. RSPO members were at the centre of the 2015 Indonesia forest fires. This year the fires returned and roughly 3 quarters of these fires were on RSPO land.