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Palm Oil Buyers Scorecards

WWF's Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard assesses major retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and food service companies from around the world for their performances and commitments on responsible purchasing of palm oil. 
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Freshly harvested palm kernels from the oil palm tree
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WWF believes that the palm oil industry can grow and prosper without sacrificing tropical forests by following the requirements of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Growers need to stick to this standard and buyers of palm oil need to support them by buying only RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.  

The Scorecards aim to:
  • hold up a mirror to major palm oil buyers, setting a baseline level of performance to measure their improvements on sustainable palm oil sourcing over the coming years, 
  • build awareness of sustainable palm oil among companies, and demonstrate that companies can be part of the solution, 
  • show palm oil producers around the world that there is a mainstream and growing market for sustainably produced palm oil. 

A mother buying pizzas with her children. Many pizzas and other baked food products are made with ... 
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A mother buys pizzas with her children. Many pizzas and other baked food products are made with or contain palm oil. WWF documented a typical family day for a mother and her children in the UK. The day included making food, putting on cosmetics, applying sunscreen, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, and shopping at the supermarket. The presence of palm oil in many of the household products used, eaten, and purchased in the course of the day was surprising and pervasive.
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Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2020

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The WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard shows that while some companies are leading the way to promote sustainability along and beyond their palm oil supply chains, many others are lagging behind having done little or nothing at all - or hiding from responsibility completely.

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Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2016

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The 2016 edition of WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard, looks at 137 major retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and food service companies from the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan and India.

Evaluated companies include such iconic brands as Carrefour, L’Oreal, McDonald’s, Nestlé, Tesco, and Walmart among others.

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Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2013

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Many users of palm oil set 2015 as their target for reaching 100% certified sustainable palm oil. 

With the deadline two years away, WWF helped focus the attention of these companies - and their customers - on whether they were making enough progress.

Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2011

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In 2011 WWF has assessed again the palm oil buying practices of major companies in Europe, this time expanding the scope of the Scorecard to include companies from Australia and Japan. 

THe Scorecard reveals that there has been some progress on sustainable palm oil but new commitments are simply not translating fast enough into increased use of certified sustainable palm oil.

Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2009

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WWF published its first Palm Oil Buyers' Scorecard in 2009, a time when certified sustainable palm oil was new on the market and was in danger of faltering as initial demand did not meet supply.

There was little transparency around corporate use of palm oil.