Palm Oil Scorecard: Company Profiles

The Palm Oil Scorecard analyzes ten companies in each of three major consumer product manufacturing sectors—packaged food, personal care, and fast food—and evaluates their performance in five criteria measuring their commitment to deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.

Below we provide more detail on each company's commitments and actions to date, along with specific recommendations for further action.

Packaged food companies | Personal care companies | Fast food companies


PACKAGED FOODS


Nestlé

Major product lines with palm oil: Butterfinger, Toll House, PowerBar

Overview of Commitments: Nestlé has developed a policy and committed to not source any oil that has led to deforestation (including protections for High Carbon Stock, High Conservation Value, and peat). It is also working to trace its palm oil back to the plantation level, has a process for verifying it is meeting its commitment, and is regularly reporting on the progress it has made to date.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.


Unilever

Major product lines with palm oil: Ben and Jerry; Popsicle, Creamsicle; Slimfast Snack Bars; Klondike

Overview of Commitments: Unilever has committed to source palm oil that protects both High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock forests, as well as to fully protect peatlands. It has also committed to tracing its palm oil back to the mill level and asking its suppliers to report their GHG emissions. It is reporting on its time-bound plan to source 100% CSPO by 2015 and 100% deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil by 2020 at the latest. Given that its policy is new, the company is not yet sourcing palm oil that meets its current standards, though is sourcing 97% of its palm oil from Green Palm and 3% from segregated CSPO.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level.


Mondelēz

Major product lines with palm oil: Oreo, Nutter Butter, Ritz Crackers, Honey Maid

Overview of Commitments: Mondelēz plans to purchase 100% CSPO by 2015 and has a commitment to 100% transparently sourced, traceable palm oil which does not contribute to deforestation or loss of peatland by 2020. Currently Mondelēz sources 100% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm or segregated schemes working towards using 100% segregated CSPO by 2015.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit that any palm oil sourced from existing plantations on peat is purchased from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Kellogg’s

The following recommendations do not reflect Kellogg’s updated palm oil commitment, which was released on February 14, 2014, after this analysis was concluded. Read the UCS response to Kellogg’s updated policy.

Major product lines with palm oil: Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies, Nutri-Grain, Pringles

Overview of Commitments: Kellogg’s sources 100% of its palm oil through GreenPalm certificates, Mass Balance, and Segregated supplies. While Kellogg’s is increasing its segregated supply, it has no time-bound commitments for improvement. From its website, “We are committed to the protection of forests, biodiversity and peat lands, to minimizing the carbon footprint of our palm oil supply chain….We will continue to work with our suppliers to achieve 100 percent traceable sources of palm oil…” While an RSPO member, Kellogg’s failed to report in the 2012-2013 ACOP. In addition, Kellogg’s, has been reporting its palm oil use inconsistently between its outdated ACOP and its website. This resulted in a lower score than it possibly may have received for current sourcing.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to the protection of all forests.
  • Explicitly commit that its palm oil use does not contribute to the destruction of peatlands of any depth and that any palm oil sourced from existing plantations on peat follow best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria or is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Danone

The following recommendations do not reflect Danone’s updated palm oil commitment, which was released on May 23, 2014, after this analysis was published.

Major product lines with palm oil: Danimals

Overview of Commitments: Danone has made a commitment to source 100% segregated CSPO by the end of 2014. From its position statement, “Danone recognizes that the destruction of the world’s rainforests from expanding and unsustainable palm oil production is a concern. Sustainable palm oil cultivation practices must be promoted to preserve ecosystems and bring sustainable benefits to local communities.” While this nominally recognizes the importance of forests, it makes no permanent commitment to their protection. Additionally, there is some conflicting information in its most recent ACOP about the amount of oil currently sourced. Currently Danone sources 100% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm or segregated schemes working toward using 100% segregated CSPO by 2014.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Accurately report on progress. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


General Mills

 

The following recommendations do not reflect General Mill’s updated palm oil commitment, which was released on March 21, 2014, after this analysis was published. Read the UCS response to General Mill’s updated policy.

Major product lines with palm oil: Nature Valley, Pillsbury, Chex

Overview of Commitments: General Mills has committed to physically source 100% CSPO by 2015. General Mills also “supports a moratorium on the destruction of high-conservation value forests, and/or high-carbon value landscapes (e.g. draining of peat lands) for palm oil production or expansion – and will not knowingly source palm oil produced through such deforestation or destruction,”; however the company has no traceability commitment which would help it know the origin of its palm oil. Currently General Mills sources 46% of its total palm oil from RSPO Mass Balance.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Heinz

Major product lines with palm oil: Smart Ones, Ore-Ida

Overview of Commitments: Heinz has committed to phase out palm oil wherever feasible. Where palm oil is still in use, Heinz has committed to sourcing 100% physical CSPO by 2023, but only for some markets. In Heinz’s ACOP, it states, “Heinz has a palm oil project team in place that supports the global palm oil initiative to achieve our goals and move forward on 100% segregated or identity preserved CSPO,” but without further details this effort cannot be evaluated. Currently Heinz sources just under 94% of its total palm oil from a mixture of RSPO GreenPalm certificates, Mass Balance, and Segregated schemes.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


PepsiCo

The following recommendations do not reflect Pepsi’s updated palm oil commitment, which was released on May 16, 2014, after this analysis was published.  Read the UCS response to Pepsi’s updated policy.

Major product lines with palm oil: Quaker Oats, Grandma’s Homestyle

Overview of Commitments: PepsiCo has committed to 100% physical sourcing of RSPO certified palm oil by 2020 with an interim step of reaching 100% CSPO by 2015. PepsiCo states that it looks for suppliers that, “operate responsibly and in a sustainable manner,” which does not hold them to any specific standard. PepsiCo does ask its suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production. Currently PepsiCo sources 17% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm certificates and Mass Balance.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level.
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


ConAgra Foods

The following recommendations do not reflect ConAgra’s updated palm oil commitment, which was released as part of the company’s 2014 Annual Citizenship Report in September 2014, after this analysis was published.

Major product lines with palm oil: Act II, Snack Pack, Marie Callender’s

Overview of Commitments: ConAgra Foods has committed to source 100% CSPO by 2015. ConAgra Foods also has a commitment to be using 100% physical CSPO by 2020, but only for some markets. In addition, ConAgra Foods states, “We are working with our suppliers to support the development of a sustainable, cost-effective market for palm oil to prevent the deforestation of lands for the purpose of developing new palm oil plantations.” While this nominally recognizes the importance of forests, it makes no permanent commitment to their protection. ConAgra Foods asks suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production. Currently ConAgra Foods sources just under 51% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Kraft Foods

Major product lines with palm oil: Cool Whip, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Jell-O

Overview of Commitments: No commitments

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


PERSONAL CARE


L’Oréal

Major product lines containing chemicals which may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil: The Body Shop, Kiehl’s, Lancome, Garnier

Overview of Commitments: L’Oréal has a commitment to 100% deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil by 2020, with an interim goal of 100% palm oil and major derivatives coming from known sources by 2015. L’Oréal is committed to the “conservation and restoration of High Conservation Value and High Carbon stocks Areas when expanding palm plantations” and “the renouncement to peat clearance for new plantations and the adoption of a responsible maintenance system of peatlands in existing plantations.” L’Oréal also requires that all supplies are traceable back to the “company plantation or to suppliers’ fields or mills”. Currently L’Oréal sources 100% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm certificates and segregated sources.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Layout a process by which it will verify that it and its suppliers are meeting their palm oil commitments.


Reckitt Benckiser

Major product lines containing chemicals which may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil: Clearasil, Calgon

Overview of Commitments: Reckitt Benckiser has an explicit commitment to ensure the sourcing of its natural raw materials (including palm oil and its derivatives) does not “contribute to the deforestation or degradation of peatlands of any depth, primary forests, or High Conservation Value Forests…” with an assigned role for verifying the standard is followed. In addition, it expects that its suppliers have a time-bound plan to ensure no deforestation or degradation of High Carbon Stock forests. In addition, Reckitt Benckiser has committed to trace palm oil back to its origin, and asks suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production. Reckitt Benckiser has committed to using 100% RSPO certified palm oil by 2015 and using 100% physical CSPO by 2020 and is reporting progress through the RSPO ACOP. Currently Reckitt Benckiser sources just over 4% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm certificates.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit that any palm oil sourced from existing plantations on peat is purchased from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Henkel

Major product lines containing chemicals which may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil: Dial, Right Guard

Overview of Commitments: Henkel has committed to buy GreenPalm certificates to cover 100% of its palm oil use by 2015 and source 100% physical CSPO by 2017. Currently Henkel sources just under 64% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm certificates.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level.
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Beiersdorf

Major product lines containing chemicals which may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil: Aquaphor, Nivea, Eucerin

Overview of Commitments: Beiersdorf has committed to ensure that its suppliers use
“sustainably produced and certified palm oil” by 2015 and 100% physical CSPO by 2020. Currently Beiersdorf sources just under 86% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm certificates.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Colgate-Palmolive

The following recommendations do not reflect Colgate-Palmolive’s updated palm oil commitment, which was released on March 21, 2014, after this analysis was published. Read the UCS response to Colgate-Palmolive’s updated policy.

Major product lines containing chemicals which may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil: Irish Spring, Softsoap

Overview of Commitments: Colgate-Palmolive is both replacing palm oil with other ingredients and working towards the use of certified sustainable palm oil. The company has a target date of 2020 for buying certified sustainable palm oil and derivatives, with interim dates in which to purchase GreemPalm Certificates to cover 100% of use (2013) and 100% physically sourced CSPO (2020). Colgate-Palmolive supports a “moratorium on further deforestation by palm oil producers,” and while this nominally recognizes the importance of these ecosystems, it makes no permanent commitment to their protection. Colgate reports on palm oil annually both through the RSPO and with its Sustainability Report. Currently Colgate-Palmolive sources just under 24% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm certificates.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Kao Group

The following recommendations do not reflect Kao’s updated palm oil commitment, which was released in June 2014, after this analysis was published.

Major product lines containing chemicals which may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil: Jergens, Curél

Overview of Commitments: Kao has a basic commitment to “Make efforts to conserve local ecosystems in the vicinity of our business activities,” which does not hold them to any specific standard. In both 2011 and 2012, 100% of palm oil used for production in Japan was certified. Kao has committed to purchase 100% CSPO by 2015 and 100% physical CSPO by 2020, but only for Malaysia. Currently Kao sources just over 15% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm certificates and Mass Balance with no global commitments.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Procter & Gamble

The following recommendations do not reflect Procter & Gamble’s updated palm oil commitment, which was released on April 7, 2014, after this analysis was published. Read the UCS response to Procter & Gamble’s updated policy.

Major product lines containing chemicals which may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil: Old Spice, CoverGirl, Dolce & Gabbana

Overview of Commitments: Procter & Gamble has committed to using 100% CSPO by 2015. The company pledges to “support industry efforts to eliminate irresponsible and/or illegal deforestation of land for use in the planting and harvesting of palm plantations,” while not making any company commitments on deforestation. Currently Procter & Gamble sources just under 13% of its total palm oil from RSPO GreenPalm certificates and Mass Balance.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Avon

Overview of Commitments: Avon has a commitment to cover 100% of its palm oil purchases with GreenPalm Certificates. Avon also “supports the current moratorium on the conversion of primary forests and peatlands into palm oil plantations.” While this nominally recognizes the importance of these ecosystems, it makes no permanent commitment to their protection. While an RSPO member, Avon failed to report in 2012-2013 ACOP. In addition, Avon, has been reporting its palm oil use inconsistently between its outdated ACOP and its website. According to Avon’s 2011-2012 ACOP, Avon was sourcing 100% of its palm oil purchases from GreenPalm certificates.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Accurately report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria or is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Estée Lauder

Major product lines containing chemicals which may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil: Estée Lauder, Clinique, Bumble and bumble

Overview of Commitments: Estée Lauder “supports” sustainable palm oil development but makes no commitments. One of Estee Lauder’s brands sources some of its palm oil from a community in Honduras and another from a Brazilian supplier with several certifications. However, with no global commitment and no reporting of either numbers or percentages of oil sourced from different places/certification schemes, these efforts cannot be evaluated.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


Clorox

Major product lines containing chemicals which may be derived from palm oil or palm kernel oil: Burt’s Bees

Overview of Commitments: Clorox has committed to have “all palm oil either RSPO certified or GreenPalm offset” by 2020.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


FAST FOOD


Subway

Overview of Commitments: Subway has committed to not sourcing palm oil which has come from natural forests cleared after 2005, which includes protections for High Carbon Stock, High Conservation Value, and no expansion on to peatlands. Subway has a commitment to source 100% CSPO by 2017 with the interim step of all products sold in the EU to be CSPO by 2015.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Commit to trace all palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria or is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan, with intermediate steps for globally moving towards sourcing and having a process for verifying deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


McDonald’s

Overview of Commitments: While McDonald’s scored the highest in the fast food sector, its palm oil commitments leave out many key pieces. McDonald’s website states, “We are evaluating ways to further support preserving High Conservation Value Forests and high-carbon lands such as deep peat from palm oil production or expansion,” however, it makes no actual commitments. McDonald’s has plans to source 100% CSPO by 2015. Currently McDonald’s sources just under 13% of its total palm oil from RSPO Mass Balance or GreenPalm certificates.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to global physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to global sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Outline in greater detail and with a global scope a regular and continued commitment to what McDonald’s has previously done, establishing the sources of palm oil used, this time specifying that it will be traced back to the plantation level. McDonald’s should also commit to asking its suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.


Burger King

Overview of Commitments: Burger King’s Palm Oil Fact Sheet, dated August of 2010, states that it, “For more than 20 years, BKC has maintained a rainforest policy for its beef suppliers prohibiting the sourcing of beef from cattle that graze on lands formerly designated as rainforests. BKC is currently reviewing its overall rainforest policy to include all of its products.” At the time, it pledged to stop palm oil purchases from Sinar Mas, based on a review of some of Sinar Mas’ sustainability practices and impact on the rainforest. However, as of January 2014, Burger King’s rainforest policy does not include palm oil and while Sinar Mas was once the target of many NGO campaigns for its bad practices, it has since significantly reformed its policies. It now has one of the strongest palm oil policies of any producer.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria or is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan, with intermediate steps for globally moving towards sourcing and having a process for verifying deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


CKE Restaurants

Major product lines with palm oil: Carls Jr., Hardees

Overview of Commitments: No commitments

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


Dairy Queen

Overview of Commitments: No commitments

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


Domino’s Pizza

Overview of Commitment: No commitments

Recommendation for strengthening commitments: Domino’s should commit to transparently sourcing palm oil that is deforestation-free, peat-free, and traceable.

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria or is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan, with intermediate steps for globally moving towards sourcing and having a process for verifying deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


Dunkin’ Brands

The following recommendations do not reflect Dunkin’ Brands’ updated palm oil commitment, which was released in September 2014, after this analysis was published.  Read the UCS response to Dunkin’ Brands’ updated policy.

Major product lines with palm oil: Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins

Overview of Commitments: Dunkin’ Brands has no global policy to cover both its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. Dunkin’ Donuts has committed to source 100% CSPO by 2020. Dunkin’ Donuts currently supports a “moratorium on palm expansion in rainforests and peatlands.” While this nominally recognizes the importance of these ecosystems, it makes no permanent commitment to their protection.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to global physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to global sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


Starbucks

Overview of Commitments: Starbucks has a palm oil commitment to source 100% CSPO globally by 2015 and is “currently working to ensure Starbucks-branded products in company owned stores in the US and Europe” using Mass Balance or Segregated palm oil.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Ensure that it applies the same global standard to all of its stores. Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level; as Starbucks is already sourcing some Segregated CSPO for some of its stores, one method for ensuring traceability would be to purchase Segregated CSPO for all stores. Ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


Wendy’s

Overview of Commitments: No commitments

Recommendation for strengthening commitments:

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.


Yum! Brands

Major product lines with palm oil: KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell

Overview of Commitments: Yum! Brands is phasing out palm oil wherever feasible. Markets still using palm oil are reviewing and testing alternatives.

Recommendation for strengthening commitments: Focus efforts not on reviewing and testing alternatives oils for markets that continue to use palm oil, but instead

  • Explicitly commit to physically sourcing palm oil that doesn’t contribute to the destruction of any forests, whether primary, secondary, High Carbon Stock, or High Conservation Value.
  • Explicitly commit to sourcing palm oil that does not lead to new clearing of peatlands; and, if sourcing from existing plantations on peatland, to doing so only from plantations that are using best management practices.
  • Commit to trace palm oil to the plantation level and ask suppliers about the GHG footprint of their production.
  • Report on progress annually and provide details about the percentage or volume of palm oil that meets deforestation-free, peat-free criteria and that which is CSPO. Provide a time-bound plan (with intermediate steps) for 100% global sourcing of verified deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil.
  • Provide current sourcing numbers or percentages.
Last Revised: February 25, 2014

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