Target: Alan Lafley, Proctor & Gamble CEO
Goal: Urge company to honor its commitment to a “no deforestation” policy
Proctor and Gamble (P&G) has committed to a new “no deforestation” policy that will prohibit destruction of the landscape and provide transparency for all the palm oil and derivatives it uses.
A recently released Greenpeace study highlighted serious violations committed by a number of P&G’s Indonesian palm oil suppliers. The public called for the company to change its ways and take measures to stop the destruction of habitat that is home to the Sumatran tiger and orangutan, among other species. Over 400,000 people emailed Alan Lafley, the company’s CEO, demanding change. One of the many petitions sent to the company can be found here.
P&G has promised to take measures removing all deforestation from its palm oil supply chains by 2020. The new policy requires the company’s suppliers to guarantee there will be no deforestation practices and that the rights of local communities will be respected. P&G’s new policy does allow suppliers six more years to clear forests, but it is representative of a larger trend towards sustainability within the palm oil industry. Palm oil production has been linked to widespread deforestation, the removal of livelihoods from local communities and the destruction of the habitat of endangered species and biodiversity.
Commend Proctor and Gamble CEO Alan Lafley for swiftly responding to widespread public outcry. Urge him to ensure that P&G follows through with its promises and immediately enacts this new policy.
Dear Mr. Lafley,
I am pleased to learn of Proctor and Gamble’s commitment to a new No Deforestation policy and that your company will now provide full disclosure for all the palm oil and derivatives it uses.
As the public has made overwhelmingly clear, it does not condone palm oil production that harms the environment and its inhabitants. The company’s current practices have led to the destruction of habitat that is home to the rare Sumatran tiger and orangutan, among other species.
I expect P&G to fulfill its promise to remove all deforestation from its palm oil supply chains by 2020, but I also urge the company to curtail the destructive practices even before that time. Several more years of clearing forests will continue to destroy the habitat of endangered species and essential biodiversity.
[Your Name Here]
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