Hershey's and Mars are among a number of food producers that use palm oil. While the ingredient gives candies like Snickers, Three Musketeers, and M&Ms their creamy textures, producing the stuff destroys rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia.
While some palm oil producers create oil sustainably, others clear-cut rainforest and peatlands in order to plant oil palm plantations. Not only does this deforestation release greenhouse gas emissions, it destroys habitat for species like Sumatran rhinos and tigers, Asian elephants, gibbons, and tapirs. Oil palm plantations are especially devastating for orangutans, which already teeter on the brink of extinction. About 80 percent of Borneo and Sumatra's lowland rainforests--orangutans' main habitat--have disappeared in the past 20 years, largely due to oil palm plantations and logging.
Hershey's and Mars could help conserve rainforest in Indonesia and Malaysia by joining the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). RSPO members are required to use only certified sustainable palm oil. Sign our petition asking Hershey's and Mars to immediately join RSPO and eliminate unsustainable palm oil from their supply chains.