Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Demand that the RSPO adopt & enforce stricter rules to protect rainforests, animals & communities from Palm Oil destruction

We only have 1 day left to stop deforestation, ecological disasters and human rights abuse on palm oil plantations. The main palm oil regulator, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, is consulting the public on its standards. It’s our last chance before 2020 to make sure reckless palm oil offenders are held to account.

We finally have a chance to transform the destructive palm oil industry -- guilty of destroying rainforests, driving orangutans to extinction, and abusing its workers.

In a rare moment of transparency, the industry’s main certification body, the RSPO, is asking the public if it should strengthen its rules. It’s huge because massive companies like PepsiCo and Nestlé are bound by these rules and rely on them to craft their own palm oil policies.

This is our very last opportunity to force the RSPO and its members like PepsiCo to adopt truly sustainable ‘No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation’ palm oil standards before 2020. And we only have 1 day left to make our voices heard!

Will you take two minutes to email into the consultation? There’s a template already written, so you and thousands of SumOfUs members can put the RSPO under pressure to actually have teeth and enforce stricter rules on palm oil growers.

Email the RSPO to demand it puts an end to palm oil destruction.

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The Indonesian island of Borneo is losing an area of forest the size of a football pitch EVERY 47 seconds. As forests are cleared for palm oil, endangered species like orangutans and pygmy elephants lose their habitat, and eventually die. In the last 16 years, half of Borneo’s orangutan population was wiped out.

What’s more, workers are abused by reckless producers -- and palm oil deforestation on carbon-rich peatland releases carbon bombs in our atmosphere, worsening climate chaos.

Now more than ever, our rainforests and the orangutans needs this extra layer of protection. But we only have 1 day left so we need to make it count. You can be sure that industry lobbyists have already had their say!

With your support we can get thousands of comments from SumOfUs members in the RSPO’s inbox -- and show companies like Nestlé and PepsiCo, who are members of the RSPO, that they won’t get away with deforestation any longer.

Email the RSPO to demand it adopts and enforces stricter rules to protect our rainforests, animals and communities from palm oil destruction.

Together, we’ve already forced companies like McDonald’s and Starbucks to adopt no deforestation palm oil policies. Today we need you to go all in and help us stop palm oil deforestation for good.

The planet, animals, and the communities living and working in palm oil plantations can’t wait any longer.


- Rebecca, Fatah and the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Conflict Palm Oil, Rainforest Action Network
2nd Public Consultation - RSPO Principles and Criteria review

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