Here's a quick cheat sheet of the major consumer brands leading the switch to sustainable palm oil.
Alert: In shopping, you may see "Palm-Oil Free" brands, but that is not the sustainable option. Palm oil takes less land than other oil crops, causing less deforestation if sustainably grown. If you see "Palm-Oil Free" brands, please alert them that their good intentions may harm animals even more.
Based on the 2017 RSPO reports and each company's published plans, the following large manufacturers buy all or mostly certified sustainable palm oil in all their operations worldwide.
Note: Starred companies in the list - General Mills, Hershey & PepsiCo - also do not test on animals. Colgate-Palmolive gets a half star: it has reduced animal testing and is a major supporter of non-animal methods and legislation. The other companies test on animals directly or through third parties.
|Colgate-Palmolive 68% sustainable||Ajax, Colgate, Tom's of Maine, Murphy Oil Soap, Palmolive, Ajax, Mennen, Speedstick deodorants, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Suavitel Fabric Softener, Hills Pet Care, Science Diet, more.|
|ConAgra Foods 100% sustainable||Angie's BoomChickaPop, Banquet, Bertolli, Birds Eye, Blue Bonnet, Celeste Pizza, Chef Boyardee, Duke's, Duncan Hines, Earth Balance, Egg Beaters, EVOL, Fleischmann's, Frontera salsa, Gardein, Gulden's, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt's, Jiffy Pop, La Choy, Log Cabin, Libby's, Marie Callender's, Mrs. Butterworth's, Mrs. Paul's, Orville Redenbacher's, P.F. Chang's Home Menu, PAM, Parkay, Peter Pan, Ranch Style Beans, Reddi-wip, RO*TEL, Rosarita, Slim Jim, Smart Balance, Snack Pack, Swiss Miss, Udi's Gluten Free, Van Camp's, Van De Kamps, Vlasic, Wesson, Wish-Bone, Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast Foods (other Aunt Jemima products owned by PepsiCo), more.|
|Ferrero Trading 100% sustainable||Nutella, TicTac, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder, Fannie Mae, Brach's, Lemonheads, Red Hots, Baby Ruth, 100 Grand, Laffy Taffy, Raisinets, Oh Henry!, Crunch Bar (formerly Nestle Crunch Bar) (Ferrero bought Nestle's candy business in 2018).|
|★ General Mills 100% sustainable||Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Gold Medal, Pillsbury, Cascadian Farm, Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fiber One, Kix, Lucky Charms, Monsters, Total, Trix, Wheaties, Haagen Dazs, Annie's, Bugles, Green Giant, Helper, La Saltena, Muir Glen, Nature Valley, Old El Paso, Progresso soups, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, Yoplait, Mountain High, Totino's/Jeno's, Blue Buffalo pet food, more.|
|★ Hershey Company 100% sustainable||Hershey's, 5th Avenue, Allan Candy, Almond Joy, Breath Savers, Brookside, Bubble Yum, Cadbury (within US), Good & Plenty, Heath, Ice Breakers, Jolly Rancher, Kisses, Kit Kat (within US only; owned by Nestle outside US), Krackel, Milk Duds, Mounds, Mr. Goodbar, Payday, Pelon, Reese's, Rolo, Skor, Symphony, Take5, Twizzlers, Whoppers, York, Zagnut, Zero, Whatchamacallit, more.|
|Kellogg Company 100% sustainable||Corn Flakes, Coco Pops, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, All-Bran, Rice Krispies, Special K, Pop Tarts, Eggo, FiberPlus, Nutri-Grain, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburger, Famous Amos, Keebler, Murray Sugar Free Cookies, Town House, Pringles, Mother's, Carr's, Cheez-It, more.|
|Kraft Heinz 100% sustainable||A.1., Athenos, Back to Nature Meals, Bagel Bites, Bakers Chocolate, Capri Sun, Classico, Cool Whip, Corn Nuts, Country Time, Cracker Barrel Cheese, Crystal Light, Delimex, Gevalia, Grey Poupon, Heinz, Jack Daniel's Sauces, Jell-O, Jet-Puffed, Knudsen, Kool-Aid, Kraft, Lea & Perrins, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Miracle Whip, Mr. Yoshida's, Nancy's, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia cream cheese (inside the US), Planters, Shake N Bake, Stove Top, Sure-Jell, Tassimo, TGI Fridays, Velveeta, Weight Watchers, Smart Ones, Wyler's, more.|
|Mars 100% sustainable||Uncle Ben's, Tasty Bite, Seeds of Change, M&M's, Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, 3 Muskateers, Twix, Bounty, Dove, Ethel M. Chocolates, Life Savers, Skittles, Starburst, Altoids, Wrigley's gums (Doublemint, Eclipse, Extra, Freedent, Juicy Fruit, Orbit, Spearmint). Pet care: Banfield Pet Hospital, Bluepearl, Cesar, Dreamies, Eukanuba, Iams, Nutro, Pedigree, Pet Partners, Royal Canin, Sheba, Temptations, Waltham, Whiskas, more.|
|Mondelez International 96% sustainable||Cadbury (outside the US), Cote d'Or (Canada), Toblerone, Dentyne, Trident, Halls, Chips Ahoy, Enjoy Life, Honeymaid, Nabisco, Newtons, Nilla, Nutter Butter, Oreo, Premium, Ritz, Triscuit, Wheat Thins, Tang, more.|
|★ PepsiCo 100% sustainable||Pepsi, 7UP, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lay's, Ruffles, Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos, Sun Chips, Sabra, Quaker Oats, Life cereal, Cap'n Crunch, Aunt Jemima, Rice-A-Roni, Grandma's cookies, more. The chip brands are the main products using palm oil.|
|Unilever 57% sustainable (1)||Axe, Caress, Clear, Degree, Dove, Lever 2000, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond's, Q-tips, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, TRESemme, Vaseline, Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Klondike, Magnum, Popsicle, Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, more.|
★ Starred companies also do not test (or commission third-party tests) on animals. Colgate-Palmolive gets a half star, because it has minimized tests and is a major supporter of non-animal methods and legislation.
(1) Unilever appears as 100% on the WWF 2016 Palm Oil Scorecard, which uses data from the 2015 RSPO reports. The percentage for this company dropped below 100% in 2016, because the company was moving from the minimum system required to claim sustainable palm oil (a system called "Book and Claim") to a stricter Mass Balance or Segregated Supply system, which gives full traceability of sustainable palm oil. We have kept the company in the "good" table because (1) the company achieved 100% sustainable under the old method, (2) the reason for the decline is that the company is moving to a more complex, but more responsible, certification method, and (3) the company expects to reach 100% sustainable under the stricter method this year (2019).
The following cruelty-free brands use certified sustainable palm oil, based on statements on their web sites or on official palm oil reports filed with RSPO:
(1) These companies are owned by a larger parent company that reports palm oil usage to the RSPO. Although individual brands aren't identified in the reports, the parent companies of these brands show mostly sustainable palm oil, so we can deduce that their personal care brands are derived from mostly sustainable palm oil.
There are likely others, but most companies don't mention either way on their web sites. The preceding companies specifically note their palm oil stance on their web sites or report their palm oil usage to the RSPO.
This list doesn't include brands that state they are "Palm Oil Free" since, as noted in this article, that is not a sustainable option because any replacement oil takes even more land than palm oil. If palm oil becomes a pariah to consumers because of "No Palm Oil" marketing campaigns, animals will suffer even more from worse deforestation by the replacement oils.
Last updated: January 2019
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