Everything we consume is part of a supply chain that reaches across the world. Some of the most popular products on our grocery store shelves can have a tremendous ecological impact in lives of unprotected wildlife.
This past Tuesday, Greenpeace International published a new report linking Mondelēz International of sourcing palm oil from sources that devestate the habitats of orangutans in Indonesia.
BREAKING: We're delivering a giant Forest Destruction Flavor cookie to Mondelez, the maker of Oreo, at its global HQ to tell them: STOP buying dirty palm oil from rainforest destroyers to make your cookies! Tell @Oreo to #DropDirtyPalmOil 👉🏾 https://t.co/P6ZmdGClRN pic.twitter.com/Cffa9vS4T8— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) November 13, 2018
Mondelēz gets much of this so-called "dirty palm oil" from Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil trader, according to the report. More than 80 percent of Wilmar's palm oil comes from third-party suppliers. Despite adopting a "No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation" policy in 2013, Wilmar has failed to monitor its suppliers across all of their operations to determine whether they comply with its policy or are destroying forests, Greenpeace said.
"It's outrageous that despite promising to clean up its palm oil almost ten years ago, Mondelēz is still trading with forest destroyers," Kiki Taufik, the global head of Greenpeace Southeast Asia's Indonesia forests campaign, said in a press release. "Palm oil can be made without destroying forests, yet our investigation discovered that Mondelēz suppliers are still trashing forests and wrecking orangutan habitat, pushing these beautiful and intelligent creatures to the brink of extinction. They're literally dying for a cookie."
So this is a good time to make your voice heard! Contact Mondelez and insist that they follow through on their recently delivered promise to become 100% sustainable.