Target: Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo
Goal: Save threatened animals from the conflict palm oil trade
There’s an atrocity taking place right now that’s destroying the lives of numerous wild animals, and every time we buy a bag of chips or a can of soda, we subsidize it. PepsiCo Inc. is the number one processed food and beverage company in the world, earning over $65 billion in total revenue in 2012 alone. Such massive wealth is not the result of soda pop sales alone. The numerous junk food brands they own, such as Doritos, Frito Lay, and Cheetos, have helped make Pepsi the behemoth snack company it is today.
Hidden behind those enormous profits however, is the ongoing devastation of the native Indonesian and Malaysian animal inhabitants, namely the Sumatran & Bornean orangutan, the pygmy elephant, the proboscis monkey, and the gibbon — among many others. At the heart of such destruction is the ravenous demand for palm oil, a product found in over half of all food, personal care, and cleaning products. With almost 90% of existing palm oil grown in Indonesia and Malaysia, this precious land is gobbled up at a fearsome rate. And Pepsi continues to support the decimation.
The Rainforest Action Network says the solution is for food companies to demand “transparent and traceable supply chains”. In other words, to eliminate what is commonly referred to as “Conflict Palm Oil” from their supply chains. Instead of leaving a wake of environmental carnage and promoting climate change, PepsiCo could be a leader in the food industry, and build an ecologically sound path for others to follow.
So please, for the many animals who are suffering, sign the petition below. Tell PepsiCo you will not support a company that uses conflict palm oil and ask them to adopt a responsible and verifiable palm oil sourcing process.
Dear Ms. Nooyi,
In light of the agreement of Unilever and Wilmar International to source palm oil only through verifiable, environmentally responsible means, it’s time for PepsiCo, the world leader in the food and beverage industry, to take a similar stand.
Your current dependence on conflict palm oil is disgraceful. Before it is too late for the climate, the orangutans, the gibbons and the pygmy elephants, we urge you to stop the horrific destruction of the rainforest and develop a new, ecologically conscientious policy for palm oil procurement. While you assert that you only use sustainable palm oil, we know such claims are merely that. There is no tangible oversight in the palm oil trade and unless you, with your market influence and notoriety, change this model soon, the pending environmental devastation will make your profits irrelevant.
In closing, we again encourage you, as a leader, to develop a sustainable and traceable supply chain of palm oil, from plantation to shelf. Until you take these genuine steps and seriously halt your role in the obliteration of precious rainforest, we will not support PepsiCo or any of your products, and shall inspire others to follow suit.
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