ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF PEATMAS, THE PLANTATION GAVE TO ME….
SEVEN SIGNS OF SUSTAINABLE BRANDS!
1. They Are Open About Their Use of Palm Oil: Is “Palm Oil” clearly labeled as an ingredient in their products? Are they happy to answer consumer questions about where they get their palm oil from or what they are doing/planning to do in order to be sure they work towards only using sustainable palm oil?
2. They Raise Awareness About the Importance of Making Sure they use Sustainable Palm Oil Among their Consumers: Do they have a page on their website talking about the impacts the palm oil industry has on the environment?
3. They Respond to Consumer Questions About Palm Oil: If you write in to ask: “Is Palm oil in this product?” OR “What are you doing to make sure you use sustainable palm oil in your products?”, do they write back?
4. They Are Actively Making Commitments to Source Sustainable Palm Oil By 20xx: Many companies have recognized the that if grown unsustainably, oil palm plantations can destroy peatlands, forests, animal habitats, human livelihoods and so much more (Remember? See Day 6)! However, they realize that they cannot make the switch to only use sustainable palm oil overnight. and completely switch to using sustainable palm oil in all of their products. So what many companies do is commit, by a certain year, to ONLY use sustainable palm oil in their products. Need examples? See Day 8!
5. They Have Joined the RSPO and Continue to be Active: The RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) is a global roundtable/group of individuals from seven different sectors of the palm oil industry (anywhere from growers, to traders, to manufacturers, to investors) who work to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. When a company joins the RSPO , this does not mean that they are using sustainable palm oil, but that they are committed to raising global standards for the palm oil industry from the plantation to the products on our shelves.
6. They purchase Palm Oil and its derivatives only from producers and supplier who are RSPO Members: By pledging to only buy from plantations and suppliers that are working towards making sure they grow palm oil sustainably, these companies are creating a circle of business with those people who have showed they are committed to working towards protecting peatlands and tropical forests. It encourages those other plantations who are not being sustainable to improve the ways they do business so that they can be able to sell to companies who have made it clear that if they want to sell palm oil to them, they need to prove their plantations were sustainably planted.
7. They Purchase Green Palm Certificates: Another way that companies are trying to take a stand against the negative impacts of palm oil plantations is through buying Green Palm Certificates to offset the use of palm oil in their products. What this means is that a company does not have to change the ingredients (from unsustainable to sustainable palm oil) in their products to buy these certificates. But what the company does, by buying these certificates, is show support for sustainable palm oil because the money from the certificates go to fund sustainable palm oil growers. This is definitely a step in the right direction for companies, but is not the end goal, ie for their supply of palm oil to be 100% certified sustainable of course!