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3 Mar 2016

Esther Han, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson&Johnson, and PepsiCo fail to keep palm oil promises

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...A survey of 14 companies that made "no deforestation" promises shows none of them can say with certainty there is no deforestation involved in their palm oil supply chain, and none has published a full list of suppliers.

Only one - Italian chocolate maker Ferrero - is able to trace nearly 100 per cent of its palm oil back to the plantation...

Greenpeace analysed each of the companies' responsible sourcing, transparency and industry reform efforts, and concluded Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson&Johnson and PepsiCo were "failing"…

A Colgate-Palmolive spokeswoman said the company was proud of its goals and progress towards fighting deforestation, through its partnership with the Forest Trust and membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

"We are targeting over 75 per cent certified mass-balance oils in 2016 and are committed to achieve our goals for a deforestation-free palm oil supply chain within four years," she said…

A PepsiCo spokeswoman said the company took the issue of deforestation and the sourcing of sustainable palm oil seriously.

"Our action plan reflects our enhanced efforts, including traceability to the mill level by 2016 and the sourcing of 100 per cent physically certified sustainable palm oil," she said….