Praise Restaurant Chain for Committing to Use Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil


Target: Marc Caira, CEO, Tim Hortons

Goal: Thank restaurant chain for committing to using sustainable sources of palm oil.

Recently, Donut chain Tim Hortons released a statement committing to source the palm oil used for cooking their donuts from responsible, sustainable plantations. According to the statement, the company has promised to “source 100% of the palm oil [booked] in 2015 from sources verified as supporting sustainable production.” Applaud the chain for committing to taking steps toward greener, more sustainable practices.

Palm oil is linked to mass deforestation of lands in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea, threatening several already- endangered species, including orangutans, tigers, elephants, and rhinos. Palm oil production is also a notorious cause of displacement for indigenous people living in areas where plantations are established. Deforestation robs people of their land and their means of survival. Deforestation also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Plantations that are established on peat soil are particularly high in carbon emissions. Tim Hortons has committed to addressing all of these concerns in their statement,

“We are committed to deforestation-free, peat-free palm oil sourcing, and protecting both High Conservation Value / High Carbon Stock forests. Our approach also focuses on fair labour practices consistent with International Labour Organization (ILO) standards, traceability and reporting on performance.”

Many companies still use palm oil from unsustainable plantations contributing to a massive loss of forest. Tim Hortons has set an example by making the commitment to change their practices. Thank the company for being a leader among chain restaurants with their decision to responsibly and sustainably source their palm oil.


Dear Mr. Caira,

Thank you for your company’s commitment to responsibly and sustainably source your palm oil. As you know, palm oil production is responsible for deforestation which in turn threatens endangered wildlife, indigenous people, and the global climate. Your decision to change your practices deserves praise.

Over the last few decades, thousands and thousands of acres of rainforest have been lost to palm oil production, and thousands of threatened and endangered animals have been killed as a direct result of the palm oil industry. By taking steps to make responsible decisions about your oil sourcing you not only help save precious forest and wildlife, you also set an example among other businesses to follow your lead. Thank you for your commitment to a better world.


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