2013 Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard

No more excuses on palm oil

Palm oil is the world’s most widely used vegetable oil, found in products from ice cream to soap. Its production can devastate the environment. But it doesn't have to.

Our third Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard assesses 130 companies on their efforts to use sustainable palm oil. WWF believes there are no excuses for any company not to be using 100% sustainable palm oil right now.

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Palm oil: what’s the problem?

Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil on Earth, and demand continues to grow rapidly. It’s a major part of the economy in the tropical areas where it’s grown, helping to lift people out of poverty.
But it has a serious downside. The major drawback of palm oil is that it naturally grows in low lying, wet, tropical areas – exactly where rainforests grow. Clearing land for palm oil plantations has led to widespread loss of rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia and beyond.
 
This has destroyed habitat for endangered species like rhinos, elephants, tigers and orang-utans, and robbed indigenous people of their land and livelihoods.
 
The global effects are even more worrying. Destruction of forests causes climate change, as felled and burned trees and vegetation release climate-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
 
It doesn’t have to be this way. Palm oil can be grown sustainably. It is possible for the industry to grow and prosper without sacrificing any more tropical forests.
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Click to download the 2013 Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard.
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What’s the Scorecard?

Companies worldwide can and should be using 100% sustainable palm oil, as certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
The 2013 Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard assesses the performance of 130 major retailers, food service companies and consumer goods and other manufacturers worldwide on their use of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO).
 
This year’s Scorecard – the third WWF has produced – features companies from Europe, Australia, Japan, the US and India. 
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What do the Scorecard results show?

The 2013 Scorecard reveals some encouraging signs of progress toward using CSPO.

Palm oil buyers have increased their use of sustainable palm oil but are still not doing enough to support responsible growers and reduce the effects of growing this popular oil in some of the world’s most vulnerable tropical habitats.


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SOME COMPANIES HAVE MADE EXCELLENT PROGRESS BUT OTHERS ARE SERIOUSLY LAGGING BEHIND

 

Recommendations

Companies should:

  1. Join the RSPO and be an active member;
  2. Cover all of their palm oil use with CSPO from any of the supply chain options;
  3. Be transparent about their palm oil use;
  4. Commit to sourcing 100% CSPO from Mass Balance or Segregated supply chains by 2015 at the very latest;
  5. Start investing in traceable supply chains of CSPO;
  6. For retailers, go beyond own-brand commitments and take responsibility for making sure all palm oil they sell is sustainable;
  7. Raise awareness of the RSPO and CSPO globally;
  8. Buy from certified RSPO member growers that are going beyond the basic requirements of the RSPO.

Consumers can:

  1. Only shop from companies that have committed to and are using CSPO;
  2. Look for the RSPO trademark on products;
  3. Ask retailers to source CSPO products for everything they sell, not just their own brands;
  4. Ask manufacturers to source CSPO and commit to 100% CSPO by 2015 or sooner;
  5. Contact WWF to find out about other ways to get involved with our work.

CONTACT

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