Palm Oil Scorecard 2015: Fries, Face Wash, Forests
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Palm oil is a globally traded commodity used in a wide array of common consumer products, from shampoo to cookies. And much of this palm oil is produced in ways that involve the destruction of tropical forests and peatlands, adding to global warming emissions and reducing habitat for many already threatened species.
The good news is that palm oil can be produced without deforestation—and many companies have begun to make public commitments to use deforestation-free palm oil in their products.
The bad news is that too many companies are lagging behind, with weak commitments or none at all. UCS is asking consumers to tell these companies that deforestation is an unacceptable ingredient in their products.
In 2014 UCS released the first edition of our Palm Oil Scorecard. The scorecard evaluated 30 companies that produce major brands across the packaged food, fast food, and personal care product sectors for their commitments to use deforestation-free palm oil.
For 2015 we've produced a new edition of the scorecard, recalculating each company's score to account for their progress (or lack thereof) during 2014. We've also added a new sector to the mix, scoring the store brands of 10 retail stores (including supermarket, pharmacy, and discount stores) for the first time.
Below are this year's scores, followed by last year's for comparison (the new store-brand category has only 2015 scores). Watch the "Updates" column for news on updated company policies. You can sort the table by clicking on column headers.
|Strong commitment||Some commitment||Little commitment||No commitment|
|Company||Example Brands||2015 Score||2014 Score||Updates|
|Baskin Robbins, Dunkin' Donuts||70||0|
|24.4||21.1||April 21, 2015|
|Carl's Jr/Green Burrito, Hardees/Red Burrito||0||0|
|0||0||June 25, 2015|
|KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell||0||0||April 2, 2015|
|June 25, 2015||Wendy's updated its commitment.
Company sustainability page | UCS statement | Lael Goodman's blog post
|April 21, 2015||McDonald's updated its commitment.
Company announcement | UCS statement | Ken Kimmell's blog post
|April 2, 2015||Yum! Brands updated its commitment.
Company announcement | UCS statement | Lael Goodman’s blog post