Procter & Gamble Must Stop Destroying the Earth’s Forests

Target: Jon Moeller, CEO of Procter & Gamble

Goal: Stop destroying endangered wildlife habitat, Indigenous lands, and the global climate.

Procter & Gamble, the planet’s largest consumer company, is sourcing materials made by destroying some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. From paper products created with the pulp of Canada’s last old-growth trees, to palm oil grown on plantations that displace Indonesian rainforests, Procter & Gamble products are obliterating endangered wildlife habitat and making climate change worse. Despite repeated pleas for change from consumers, the nonprofit sector, and even its own investors, this bad actor company has continued on its path of destruction.

Procter & Gamble sells hundreds of household and personal care products, from shampoo to laundry detergent. The company owns more than a dozen major brands including Gillette razors, Tide laundry products, Febreze odor eliminator, and Dawn soaps. At present, nothing in Procter & Gamble policy guarantees any of these items are free from ingredients made by razing forests, eliminating endangered species habitat, and infringing on the territory of Indigenous peoples. According to a statement from the Rainforest Action Network, Proctor & Gamble’s “forest footprint stretches across millions of hectares of intact forests that are under the control of the large forestry and agribusiness companies that it continues to do business with.”

In October 2020, two thirds of Procter & Gamble investors voted for a resolution demanding the company finally address deforestation in its supply chain at its annual investor meeting. However, a year later there is little indication that corporate leadership plans to change course. Sign this petition to demand Procter & Gamble stop destroying the planet’s precious forests.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Moeller,

We, the undersigned, demand that Procter & Gamble take immediate action to end its use of products made by destroying ancient and biodiverse forests. From the old-growth boreal forests of Canada to some of the last orangutan habitat in Indonesia, your company is driving a ecological disaster and the loss of precious natural resources. By destroying intact forest lands that store countless tons of carbon, Procter & Gamble is also worsening the climate crisis. Consumers, the nonprofit sector, and your own investors have spoken out against these atrocities. Now it is time to act.

Procter & Gamble must follow the example of other major corporations who are taking steps to verify that their products are not making deforestation worse, and cut ties with suppliers who refuse to operate responsibly. As it stands, you are earning a reputation as a corporate laggard that contributes to biodiversity loss, climate change, and the violation of Indigenous peoples’ rights to control of their land. Please take immediate steps to outline how you plan to change course for the better and correct the mistakes of the past.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Kathas Fotos


27 Comments

  1. There are so many natural, no animal testing and ethical products out now that there is no need to buy products manufactured by destructive fat cats like Proctor and Gamble – do your research people!

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m instantly boycotting all of their items that are worth anything.

  3. I am also boycotting all PG products. Money talks more than anything else. If they loose enough money maybe they will be convinced to stop the destruction…..

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