by Daelyn Fortney
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Consumer product titan Unilever has advised suppliers to stop sourcing palm oil from Indonesian planter, Duta Palma, after an undercover BBC documentary showed the firm allegedly destroying areas of a protected rainforest. This move comes just months after Unilever suspended future purchases from another Indonesian palm oil supplier, PT Smart, for similar reasons.

Unilever is the world’s top palm oil buyer, purchasing around 1.5 million tonnes annually. The product is used as the vegetable oil in many items including shampoo, lotion, soap, margarine, and ice cream. In May 2008, Unilever committed to buying only 100% certified sustainable palm oil by 2015 regardless of cost and at no extra expense to consumers. By 2011 the company hopes to reach 60% of that goal.

Unilever is an active member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which was formed in 2004 with the objective of ensuring, through global standards, that firms only use palm oil from sustainable sources.

  • Tigger

    It’s a great pity Unilever don’t stop using palm oil altogether. This is a pathetic move and won’t impress anyone.

    Why do they put palm oil in bread, mayonnaise, ice cream, biscuits, etc etc at all?

    It doesn’t traditionally belong in these products. You wouldn’t include it in these things made at home. It wouldn’t have been included in their products 20 or 30 years ago.

    They include it because it’s CHEAP and all they care about is their profits.

    (By the way, for selfish people who don’t care about the planet, their grandchildren, etc palm oil’s also really bad for you.)