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Brands Lagging on Sustainable Palm Oil - Ask Them to Do Better!

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As consumers, we can force brands to use sustainable palm oil by contacting the consumer brands that buy unsustainable palm oil, and even more importantly, by contacting large retailers who sell their products. Large retailers have enormous clout. If they demand sustainable palm oil, brands will comply.

Ask these major retailers & brands, who still do not require 100% sustainable palm oil, to do better.

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Ask Retailers to Require Sustainable Palm Oil in All Brands

Most major retailers are changing (or already have changed) to 100% sustainable palm oil in their private label brands. This is good, but their private label brands aren't a large market. Retailers can have much more impact if they require all brands they carry to use 100% sustainable palm oil.

Walmart and Whole Foods have a history of specifying ingredient requirements for brands they carry. It's not unreasonable to ask them and other retailers to do it for palm oil, yet none of the major retailers contacted for this article require sustainable palm oil in brands they carry.

Ask major retailers to make this a top priority - requiring 100% sustainable palm oil in all brands on their shelves. Here's a sample email (but it's always better to personalize the email so that it has your voice):

  • Sample email:

I applaud your commitment to using sustainable palm oil in your private label brand(s). Please help other brands follow your lead by requiring 100% sustainable palm oil in all brands on your shelves. The environment and critically endangered animals need our help!

COSTCO
Private-label brand: Official goal is to achieve 100% sustainable palm oil by 2021, but Costco program head said he's working to achieve 100% in 2018 (relayed in phone call). View company statement.
Other brands they carry: No requirement for sustainable palm oil.
Contact info: 425-313-8100/no email/PO Box 34331, Seattle, WA 98124
see their Contact Us page

KROGER & KROGER-OWNED COMPANIES (Bakers, City Market, Fred Meyer, JayC, Metro Market, Owen's, Pay Less, Pick 'n Save, QFC, Ralphs, Dillon's, Food4Less, Foods Co, Fry's Food Stores, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, King Soopers, Kroger, The Little Clinic, Mariano's, Roundy's, Ruler Foods, Smith's, Vitacost)
Private-label brands: Use 100% sustainable palm oil. View company statement.
Other brands they carry: No requirement for sustainable palm oil.
Contact info: 513-762-4000/no email/The Kroger Co. Customer Relations, 1014 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-1100
see their Contact Us page

SAFEWAY
Private-label brand: Used 53% sustainable palm oil in 2015; no recent public report found. View company statement.
Other brands they carry: No requirement for sustainable palm oil.
Contact info: 877-723-3929/Send an email/ MS 10501 PO Box 29093, Phoenix, AZ 85038

TARGET
Private-label brand: Used 25% sustainable palm oil in 2016. Goal is to achieve 100% sustainable palm oil in 2018. View company statement.
Other brands they carry: No requirement for sustainable palm oil.
Contact info: 612-304-6073/no email/1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis MN 55403

WALMART
Private-label brand: Uses 100% sustainable palm oil. View company statement.
Other brands they carry: No requirement for sustainable palm oil.
Contact info: 800-925-6278/Send an email/702 SW 8th St, Bentonville, Arkansas 72716
see their Contact Us page

WHOLE FOODS
Private-label brand: Uses 100% sustainable palm oil. View company statement.
Other brands they carry: No requirement for sustainable palm oil.
Contact info: 844-936-8255/Send an email/550 Bowie St, Austin, TX 78703-4644
see their Contact Us page


Ask Lagging Major Consumer Brands to Move Faster

Many consumer brands report their total palm oil use and sustainable palm oil use to the RSPO. The most recent reports, which are for 2016, indicate the following major consumer brands buy primarily unsustainably grown palm oil or did not report their palm oil use to RSPO in 2016.

Take a few minutes to call or email them. Let them know sustainable palm oil is important and that you are considering that in your purchasing decisions.

  • Sample email:

My family has become concerned about the need for sustainable palm oil. Given its extreme importance for climate and critically endangered species, we have decided we must consider this in our purchases. Your company reports indicate you use some sustainable palm oil, but that most is unsustainable. Will you achieve 100% sustainable palm oil soon?
Thank you for your help!

Company & Contact Company Brands
Procter & Gamble
Palm oil use: 523,979 tons, 32% sustainable (goal of 2020 for 100%) View report
513-983-1100
Send an email
Always, Aussie, Bold, Bounce, Bounty, Braun, Cascade, Charmin, Cheer, Comet, Crest, Dawn, Downy, Febreze, Gain, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Ivory, Joy, Luvs, Olay, Old Spice, Oral-B, Pampers, Pantene, Pepto Bismol, Prilosec, Puffs, Rejoice, Safeguard, Scope, Secret, Swiffer, Tampax, Tide, Vicks, more.
Nestle
Palm oil use: 417,834 tons, 22% sustainable in 2015 (goal of 2020 for 100%); did not report in 2016
US: 800-225-2270
Canada: 800-387-4636
Send an email
100 Grand candy bar, Abuelita, Aero candy bar, Alpo dog food, Baby Ruth, Beneful dog food, Boost, Butterfinger, Cailler, California Pizza Kitchen, Carnation, Cini Minis, Coffee-Mate, Cookie Crisp, Nestle Crunch Bar, DiGiorno, Dreyer's Ice Cream, Edy's Ice Cream, Estrelitas, Fancy Feast, Felix, Friskies, Gerber, Gourmet cat food, Haagen Daz, Herta, Hot Pockets, KitKat, La Laitiere, La Lechera, Lean Cuisine, Maggi, Milo, Nescafe, Nespresso, Nesquik, Nestea, Perrier, Poland Spring, Purina, San Pellegrino, Skinny Cow, Stouffers, Tollhouse, Tombstone pizza, more.
Kao Corporation
Palm oil use: 342,500 tons, 11% sustainable (goal of 2020 for 100%) View report
US: 513-629-5210
Canada: 905-670-7890
Send an email
Ban, Biore, Curel, Goldwell, Guhl, Jergens, John Frieda, KMS California, Molton Brown

Last updated: March 2018

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