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Sainsbury’s, M&S, Waitrose, Morrisons and The Co-operative are among the British retailers that have stepped up efforts to reduce the deforestation impacts of producing palm oil. Photo: WWF

Britain's retailers 'leading the way' on sustainable palm oil

Marks and Spencer (M&S), Associated British Foods (ABF) and Reckitt Benckiser (RB) are among a cluster of British-owned retailers, manufacturers and foodservice businesses that are "leading the way" on sustainable palm oil sourcing, while others appear to have fallen short of their commitments.

A forest is cleared for a palm oil plantation in Indonesia. Photo: Richard Carey, Fotolia

Korean palm oil firm accused of illegal forest burning in Indonesia

A Korean palm oil company has been dropped by buyers after footage emerged that allegedly shows the illegal burning of vast tracts of tropical forest on lands it holds concessions for in Indonesia.

Unilever has been tasked by the likes of Greenpeace to cancel contracts with suspect palm oil suppliers, photo: Greenpeace

Unilever refuses to reinstate IOI contracts until 'tangible progress' is shown

Consumer goods giant Unilever has announced that it will not reinstate the Malaysian palm oil supplier group IOI as a contractor until "tangible progress" is made evident of the groups desire to implement a new ethical sustainability action plan.

On Friday (5 August), the RSPO reinstated the IOI Group with its certification starting today (8 August) based upon the actions taken since its suspension

RSPO re-certifies IOI Group after initial suspension

Palm oil giant IOI has had its sustainability credentials re-certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) following its suspension by the certification body earlier in the year.

Currently, around 10% of the global palm oil industry is financed by equity investors, with US financial backing alone accounting for more than $5bn in funds

New transparency toolkit puts emphasis on investors to combat deforestation

A new online tool has been launched today (26 July) to highlight which global mutual funds and investment portfolios contain links associated to deforestation and palm oil holdings.

Shooting for a ‘fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020, there is a case for suppliers and retailers to accelerate efforts to develop a fully transparent palm oil sector. Photo: Greenpeace

Could this new mapping toolkit solve the palm oil transparency challenge?

With rising transparency issues leading to supplier contracts being scrapped and green groups piling on the pressure to tackle the situation, a new World Resources Institute (WRI)-backed initiative could finally allow companies to gauge deforestation risks by evaluating satellite surveillance of global palm oil mills.

Data obtained by green group Transport & Environment (T&E) revealed that cars and trucks burned almost half of all palm oil used in Europe in 2014

Biodieselgate? British industry leads EU on elimination of palm oil biofuels, says REA

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has revealed that UK importation and consumption of palm oil-based biodiesel for use as a feedstock for vehicles still stands at 'zero' for 2015/16, in light of new data which shows that cars and trucks were responsible for almost half of all of the palm oil used across Europe in 2014.

IOI has long been the target of environmentalists, who have previously accused it of felling forests and draining peatlands in Malaysian Borneo

Top palm oil producer sues green group over deforestation allegations

One of the world's largest palm oil producers is suing the green body that suspended its sustainability certification last month because of allegations it had deforested Indonesian rainforests.

Earlier this year, GAR completed the mapping and traceability of its supply chain through to each of its 489 mills across Indonesia

Palm oil giant sets 'fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has told edie it wants to achieve "greater awareness of the production practices in the supply chain" as it sets itself an ambitious goal of 100% traceability to plantation by 2020.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.

More than 83,000 hectares of the Tesso Nilo National Park in Indonesia have been converted into illegal plantations

Palm oil giant to address 'serious issues' of alleged illegal sourcing

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has revealed that it is engaging with individual supplier mills which have allegedly been using 'tainted and illegal' palm oil sources, in an attempt to clarify revelations uncovered in a recent report.

In response to the suspension, IOI has denied all wrongdoing and is in the process of appealing the decision

Unilever cancels palm oil sourcing contracts over deforestation concerns

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has cancelled its contracts with a Malaysian-based palm oil producer and trader which has been suspended over deforestation and community conflict issues.

A patch of forest remains between palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace

Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims

PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.

Store emissions have been reduced by 35% since 2005 meaning they are more than halfway to a 50% target for 2020

British retailers on track to meet energy, water and waste reduction pledges

The UK's biggest retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury's and Argos have collectively reduced carbon emissions by 19% over the past decade, with a 6% reduction in 2014 alone, according to new figures.

The supply chain mapping project will ensure that more than seven million tonnes of palm oil and kernels are sustainably sourced from GAR’s mills

Palm oil giant completes extensive supplier maps for sustainable palm oil

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has today (25 February) completed the mapping and traceability of its supply chain through to each of its 489 mills in Indonesia.

The planet loses an average of 3.3 million hectares of forests each year

Unilever and M&S offer 'preferential sourcing' to countries with sustainable forestry policies

Unilever and Marks and Spencer's have announced they will try and source commodities like palm oil, beef, soy and paper from countries and regions with ambitious climate and forestry initiatives, in a joint effort to end global deforestation.

McDonalds will source wood fibre from recycled sources certified to at least one global standard

McDonald's sources certified wood fibre for front end packaging

Fast-food giant McDonalds has announced that all of its European-sourced packaging is now sourced from chain-of-custody certified wood fibre, as the company continues on its journey to source 100% sustainable packaging in Europe.

Sustainability issues in the cosmetics industry can range from the use of microbeads, to the sourcing of raw material like palm oil, to deforestation

Walmart and Target lead charge to get sustainable cosmetics on shelves

American retail giants Walmart and Target are two of the first companies to sign up to a new industry leadership group that aims to steer the beauty sector towards more sustainable products.

In 2014, PepsiCo reduced its water intensity by 23% compared to 2006, delivering a cost saving of $17m

PepsiCo's green plan saves $375m

PepsiCo's sustainability initiatives on energy, waste and water have saved the soft drinks giant more than $375m since 2010, according to its latest sustainability report.

Jakarta cityscape in Indonesia, which is world's sixth biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions

Indonesia to cut carbon emissions by 29% by 2030

Indonesia, one of the world's biggest carbon polluters, said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions 29% by 2030 compared to what it is currently on course for.

Starbucks is the latest in a line of companies to have its sustainability credentials scrutinised by SumOfUs

Starbucks under scrutiny for palm oil policy

Starbucks has become the latest major brand to come under fire from campaign groups for its palm oil policy, with a new video urging consumers to boycott the coffee shop chain.

The report argues green growth can be synonymous with economic growth

New Climate Economy: 10 ways to generate low-carbon economic growth

Low-carbon economic growth can become the new normal and limit the impact of climate change, according to a new report released today (7 July).

Paul Crewe gave an update on Sainsbury's energy reduction at Sustainability Live this week

Sainsbury's makes clear business case for sustainability

EXCLUSIVE: Behaviour change, on-site generation and smarter systems have helped Sainsbury's reduce its absolute energy consumption by 17% since 2005, whilst growing the business by 46% over the same period.

The forthcoming targets wills cover beef, fibre-based packaging, coffee, palm oil, and poultry.

McDonald's to eliminate deforestation

Fast-food giant McDonald's has announced a commitment to ending deforestation across its global commodities supply chain.

Yum brands will source 100% responsible palm-oil by the end of 2017

KFC and Pizza Hut commit to responsible palm oil

Yum Brands - the parent-company of fast-food brands KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut - has committed to 100% sustainable palm oil for the first time following pressure from environmental activists.

Palm-oil is  used as an ingredient in everything from soap to cookies to frying oil

Fast-food giants clogging up sustainable palm-oil progress

Nearly three-quarters of the world's biggest palm-oil users have improved their commitment to sustainable sourcing in the past year, but fast-food brands are evidently lagging behind.

Dexter Galvin says there is still

Information black hole suppresses supply chain sustainability, says CDP

EXCLUSIVE: A lack of information is hindering companies' attempts to make sustainable decisions in their supply chains, according to the head of Supply Chain at the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Pepsi said the SumOfUs allegations were patently false

PepsiCo defends Doritos' palm oil policy

Doritos parent company PepsiCo has fired back at an environmental campaign which attacked the snack brand's 'destruction of rainforests' and 'unsustainable use of palm oil'.

The campaign features posters on UK buses and an online video

Snack attack: Doritos under fire for palm oil provenance

The consumer group SumOfUs has launched an international ad campaign slamming Doritos and parent company PepsiCo for its 'destruction of the rainforest' and 'unsustainable use of palm oil'.

Sainsbury's became the first UK supermarket to launch a washing up liquid using mass balance certified sustainable palm oil.

Sainsbury's reaches sustainable palm oil benchmark

Sainsbury's has burnished its green credentials today, by sourcing 95% of its palm oil from certified sustainable suppliers.

'Sustainable Palm Oil - Five Steps to Ensure Responsible Sourcing' provides a step-by-step approach to mapping the use of palm oil

Sustainable palm oil sourcing guide launched for food and drink firms

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has drawn up a new guide to help food and drink manufacturers switch to sustainably-sourced palm oil.

Krispy Kreme has committed to a deadline for compliance across its global operations

Krispy Kreme follows competitor into sustainable palm oil commitment

US doughnut supplier Krispy Kreme has made a pledge to only source 100% responsible, deforestation-free palm oil less than 24 hours after rival firm Dunkin' Donuts made its own commitment.

Dunkin' Donuts commits to 100% sustainable palm oil

The largest doughnut supplier in North America has pledged to only source responsible, deforestation-free palm oil for its production process.

Mondelēz International has released its first Well-being Progress Report

Mondelez hits sustainability targets, turns focus to supply chain

Mondelez International, the company behind Cadbury, Kenco and Oreo, has released its first Well-being Progress Report, which shows progress in nine of 10 key sustainability targets.

The companies include Kellogg, General Mills, Mondelez, ConAgra, Panera and Safeway. Most of them are food and beverage firms, supermarket companies and grocery store chains - some of the top 10 purchasers in the $44bn palm oil industry

Big business increasingly being held to account on climate from shareholders

Twenty global corporations have set goals to cut GHG emissions and source sustainable palm oil to in response to 150 climate-related resolutions filed by their shareholders this year.

AkzoNobel's portfolio includes the world's leading paint brand, Dulux

AkzoNobel turns to renewable oils for sustainable product development

Global chemicals manufacturer AkzoNobel is making strides towards replacing petroleum and palm oil-derived chemicals used in its products with renewable algal oils.

Danone claims to be a relatively modest user of palm oil, accounting for 0.05% of the world's production

Danone commits to zero-deforestation palm oil

Multinational food supplier Danone has pledged to buy all of its palm oil from known and traceable sources by the end of 2015 as part of its target to become completely deforestation and exploitation-free.

Oxfam singled out Kellogg and General Mills as two of the worst on climate change policies

Emissions from 10 food and drinks companies 'higher than Scandinavia'

Cereal and softdrinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report for not doing enough on climate change.

McDonald's is looking to increase the energy efficiency of its restaurants by 20% in seven of its top markets

McDonald's unveils ambitious global sustainability strategy

McDonald's has launched its first ever international sustainability framework, containing an array of environmental targets, as part of the fast food firm's annual sustainability report, released today (1 May).

The Global Forest Watch system uses the latest satellite technology to provide access to

New monitoring platform to 'fundamentally change' how businesses manage forests

A new online monitoring and alert system that encourages better forest management will help tackle deforestation - an issue that poses a "material risk to businesses".

Cutting down on illegal logging through supply chain controls

Businesses with forest products in their supply chains have an environmental, economic and ethical obligation to do their part in cutting illegal logging, says APP's Aida Greenbury.

Major palm oil firm Wilmar vows to end supply chain deforestation

Major agri-business group Wilmar International has vowed to end its part in deforestation by driving its new policy to advance a responsible palm oil industry, the largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia.

Investors are concerned by companies exposure to deforestation risks through their use of commodities responsible for deforestation

Business community 'largely unaware' of deforestation risks

Businesses are threatening shareholder value because they remain largely unaware of the deforestation risks in their own supply chains, according to a new report.

Unilever is one of the world's major buyers of palm oil for use in products such as margarine, ice cream, soap and shampoo

Unilever to source all palm oil from traceable sources by 2014

Unilever has made a pledge to buy all of its palm oil from known and traceable sources by the end of 2014, a part of its target to procure the controversial oil from certified sources by 2020.

Coca-Cola said it would conduct third-party social, environmental and human rights assessments beginning in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Philippines, Thailand and South Africa. Image source: phloxii

Coca-Cola vows to axe suppliers guilty of land grabbing

Drinks firm announces zero-tolerance policy and encourages other companies to follow UN's responsible governance rules

The Rainforest Foundation UK says that unsustainable palm oil is posing an increasing threat to the world's rainforests

Major skincare companies linked to the destruction of tropical rainforests

Some of the biggest brands in skincare including Clarins, Estée Lauder and Superdrug, as well as 'ethical' brands Jason skin-care and Avalon skin-care, have today been criticised over links to deforestation.

Unilever ahead of target on sustainable sourcing

Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, exceeding the interim milestone of 30% it set itself in 2010 under its Sustainable Living Plan.

Company forest footprint disclosures on the rise

The number of companies voluntarily disclosing their forest footprint has increased by almost 15% compared to last year, according to a report.

McDonald's says that it will initially focus on raw materials such as beef, poultry, coffee, palm oil and packaging

McDonald's commits to sustainable beef supply chain

McDonald's has committed to improving the sustainability of its beef production - and much more besides

Asda aims to increase British-sourced food by some £270M by 2013

Asda targets increase in sustainable agriculture

As part of its parent company's sustainable programme, Asda will be sourcing more food from British producers

Green wonder

Algae is proving itself as one of the most productive sources of biofuel. Frank Rogalla of Aqualia reveals EU demonstration projects being undertaken to enhance efficiencies in the process

Unilever unveils ambitious green targets

Global consumer goods giant Unilever has announced ambitious plans for its sustainable business, aiming to double sales while halving its environmental impact.

Palm oil research project could halt rainforest destruction

A research programme to map how the UK uses imported palm oil could halt the loss of rainforest thousands of miles away, according to the Government.

Algae offers biofuel boost

The production of biofuels from biocrops is mired in controversy, but Frank Rogalla of Aqualia sees a third way - using wastewater to support fast-growing algal biomass

Orphaned chimps: whole troupes are slaughtered to capture a single baby to sell to well-meaning Westerners

Great ape plight laid out in atlas

Great apes are doomed to extinction unless conservation efforts in the countries where they are found can be linked with programmes to address human poverty.

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