Shareholders Persuade Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks to Commit to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

Posted on 18 April 2013    
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Two recent developments show the influence that informed shareholders and investors can have in helping to transform global commodity supply chains. Dunkin' Donuts has committed to source 100% Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil. The move came after the New York State Comptroller filed a shareholder resolution asking Dunkin' Donuts to address the social and environmental concerns associated with palm oil.

Unfortunately Dunkin' Donuts has not actually committed to a date for its sourcing policy to go into effect, nor is it clear whether the policy will apply to overseas operations. For example, Dunkin' Donuts brand has a large presence in Indonesia where palm oil is widely used as cooking oil.

The move came shortly after Starbucks announced it would use only RSPO-certified palm oil by 2015 across its global operations, in response to a shareholder resolution filed by the Green Century Balanced Fund, an environmentally responsible mutual fund.

Mongabay,, NPR

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