Target: Campbell Soup Company CEO Denise Morrison
Goal: Demand Campbell Soup Company stop destroying endangered orangutan habitat for conflict palm oil.
Campbell Soup Company is one of the leading companies in food and beverage industry, selling its products in 120 countries around the world. Campbell’s claims to be implementing sustainability policies, but there’s a dark side to this company’s supply chain: many Campbell’s products are being made with conflict palm oil, causing the destruction of pristine tropical rainforests in Indonesia.
Indonesia is home to some of the world’s last giant swaths of rainforest, which provide habitat for endangered animals like orangutans, tigers, and elephants. Yet these forests are disappearing faster than almost any other rainforest on the planet. One of the biggest causes of this destruction is the clearing of forests to make room for plantations that grow palm oil, an ingredient used in many snack foods.
Companies like Starbucks, Nestle, and Unilever have pledged to phase out the use of palm oil sourced from rainforest-destroying plantations, but meanwhile Campbell’s has made an empty pledge to remove conflict palm oil, without any hard deadlines or follow up with their suppliers. Their current Palm Oil commitment still allows for reckless destruction of the rainforest, as well as lacking enforcement for human and workers rights.
As long as Campbell’s avoids adopting a time-bound plan to cut Conflict Palm Oil, its practices will contribute to the destruction of rainforests and the deaths of orangutans and other critically endangered species. Sign below to demand that Campbell Soup Company adopts a palm oil policy that requires responsible palm oil procurement with a definitive deadline.
Dear Ms. Morrison,
We, the undersigned, are concerned about your current commitment to cutting Conflict Palm Oil, with ongoing sourcing from unknown plantations and no responsibility to human and workers rights. Your plan also allows high risk regions to be used in the production of your products’ Palm Oil. Illegally clearing protected Indonesian rainforests for decades has pushed species like orangutans, tigers, and elephants closer to the brink of extinction. As a company that claims to provide food for what’s important today, we hope that you will also remember what is important for a better tomorrow, as well.
Indonesia is home to some of the last truly great swaths of rainforests on the planet, which provide habitat for countless animal species while sequestering millions of tons of carbon. The clearing of Indonesia’s rainforests for palm oil production is a major global driver of species extinction and climate change. No company that cares about sustainability should be linked to such a destructive practice.
Companies like Nestle and Unilever have already committed to phase out unsustainable palm oil, and Campbell’s should do the same. We urge Campbell’s to commit not to do business any other company with a history of rainforest destruction until the company commits to stop clearing new areas of forest for palm oil production and to adopt a palm oil policy that requires responsible palm oil procurement and ensures that everyone involved upholds human and workers rights.
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