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Palm oil is found in more than half of the products sold in UK supermarkets, from chocolate biscuits to hair conditioner 

CDP: 80% of companies set to miss 2020 palm oil deforestation goals

Of the 96 corporates currently reporting that they produce, source or use products that contain palm oil from Indonesia to CDP, just one-fifth are set to meet their 2020 deforestation targets surrounding the commodity.

The retailer will be rolling out NatureFlex to a selection of its all-year-round biscuits and cakes

Selfridges switches from plastics to compostable for Christmas food packaging

Selfridges is removing plastic packaging across its own brand range of Christmas food, switching to home compostable alternatives for 90,000 mince pies and 3,000 Christmas cakes.

Amazon rainforest fires: We must rise above the egos and insults threatening climate change policy

As the 'lungs of the Earth' continue to burn, discussions at international summits have devolved into a circus of egos and insults that suggest that future collaborative efforts to combat climate change will revolve around petty but powerful people who can't see the wood for the burning rainforest.

CDP has warned that investors will increasingly begin asking for forestry information, leaving companies with weak disclosure records in this space at a disadvantage 

CDP: Food and retail giants failing to disclose forest impacts

CDP has criticised a string of big-name brands including Ikea, Sports Direct and Domino's Pizza for failing to provide data on their forest impacts.

Research suggests that 3.6m hectares of tropical forest were cleared in 2018 – equivalent to the size of Belgium

European food industry driving deforestation and climate change, report says

The European food industry's inability to source commodities that are sustainability produced is fuelling deforestation and driving climate change, according to new data.

The global palm oil industry generates more than $50bn annually, but traditional plantations have driven widespread destruction of tropical rainforests

Estée Lauder targets sustainable palm oil supply chain through farmer empowerment

US-based cosmetics giant Estée Lauder has launched its first sustainability programme for palm oil supply chains, which will see the company work with Indonesian farmers to champion better social conditions and environmental conservation.

Selfridges is famed for its Foodhalls and claims it is the first department store to remove palm oil from this department

Selfridges completes palm oil phase-out nine months ahead of schedule

Department store Selfridges has announced that it has achieved a goal of removing palm oil from 100% of its own-brand grocery products nine months ahead of schedule.

'I certainly didn't do it for sales': Iceland boss sheds fresh light on palm oil phase-out

Iceland's managing director Richard Walker has discussed his decision to ban palm oil from the retailer's own-brand products for the first time since the phase-out was completed in January, claiming that the move has helped to "democratise environmentalism".

Palm oil: Certified but NOT sustainable

Last month, Jonathon Porritt stated in his edie blog that the intent of the Changing Markets Foundation was to 'undermine the creditability of certification schemes' without suggesting alternatives. As the Foundation's campaign's director, I was surprised by this accusation and feel compelled to provide my own response.

Certified & sustainable

One of Europe's most influential thought leaders on sustainable development, writer and broadcaster Jonathon Porritt, on the need to support certification programmes that deliver zero deforestation.

Wilmar International supplies palm oil to several blue-chip companies, including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Mondelez International

World's biggest palm oil firm unveils new measures to end supply chain deforestation

Palm oil sourcing giant Wilmar International has unveiled plans to use satellite tracking and other digital technologies in a bid to eliminate deforestation risks from its supply chains.

Greenpeace claims that 25 orangutans are lost every day

More than 800,000 people sign petition to release Iceland's banned Christmas advert

More than 800,000 people have signed a petition calling for an overturn on the decision to ban Iceland's palm oil-focused Christmas advert from being aired on television during the festive period.

The animated Rang-tan advert was originally created and used by Greenpeace earlier this year

Why Iceland's deforestation-focused Christmas advert won't be on TV this year

Iceland's decision to use part of its Christmas communications campaign on an advert that highlighted the destructive nature of palm oil has been blocked from airing on UK television channels, but why?

Since 2011, the company has reduced overall waste levels by 16%

PZ Cussons outlines plastics and palm oil goals

Healthcare and consumer goods manufacturer PZ Cussons has committed to reduce the amount of plastic it uses by 25% while also setting out an action plan to source all its palm oil from sustainable sources.

Lidl will purchase enough Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS) credits to cover its entire supply chain

Lidl becomes first UK retailer to purchase 100% sustainably-sourced soy

Discount chain Lidl has become the first UK retailer to switch to 100% sustainably-sourced soy for its own-brand products, after joining the Government's Roundtable for Sustainable Soy.

Palm oil is a $50bn-a-year commodity, but traditional plantations have driven widespread destruction of tropical rainforests

Big-name investors make joint call for stronger palm oil certification standards

More than 90 institutional investors representing more than $6.7trn in assets under management have jointly urged the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its draft certification standards before they are finalised in November.

Ending deforestation: A collective effort

As of March 2017, 447 companies had made 760 commitments to curb forest destruction in supply chains ranging from palm oil, soy, timber, pulp and cattle. At the same time, the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement saw 80% of the 196 signatories committed to halting deforestation and better managing forest and agricultural landscapes.

edie at 20: How did sustainability become so business-critical?

edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand is an ideal opportunity to remind ourselves of the past two decades of corporate sustainability, which have seen it evolve from an environmental add-on to a fundamental aspect of growth.

PepsiCo has announced it will not purchase palm oil from land that has been cleared since the end of 2015

PepsiCo on track for palm oil goals despite NGO concerns

PepsiCo has released an updated sourcing policy in a bid to source 100% certified sustainable palm oil by 2020, a move that the Rainforest Action Network has described as a "dodge and cover" action plan.

The 5% increase was agreed after an all-night discussion

EU raises 2030 renewable energy target, outlines palm oil phase out

Negotiators from the European Parliament and Member States have this morning (June 14) struck a deal to raise the target for the proportion of energy it will source from renewables by 2030 to 32%, up from the previous 27% goal.

MSC and FOS certified more than nine million metric tonnes of fish in 2015

'Label shopping': Is the certification scheme model broken?

Voluntary certification schemes have fiercely denied claims from a new report that that are providing cover for companies that are "destroying the planet", raising questions of whether the abundance of certification offers is watering-down sustainability efforts.

Iceland has already brought out 100 new lines without palm oil in 2018

Iceland pledges to stop using palm oil in own-brand food

Frozen food giant Iceland has vowed to remove palm oil from all of its own-brand food products by the end of 2018.

Hershey will invest in “innovative agroforestry methods” to protect forests and climates. Image Andy Melton/Flickr

Hershey commits £355m to supply chain sustainability

Global confectionery company Hershey has committed $500m (£355m) to tackling child labour and links to deforestation in its supply chains, as part of a comprehensive new sustainability strategy.

Unilever first launched its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy in 2013, with the aim of achieving a full traceable supply chain

Unilever implements 'radical step' on palm oil traceability

Unilever has become the first consumer goods firm to publicly disclose palm oil suppliers and mills that it sources from, both directly and indirectly, a move described by the firm as a "major milestone" in driving sustainability through the industry.

PTPN employees more than 121,000 people and generated 63% if its $2.5m global sales from palm oil production

Unilever to increase sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has struck a deal with a government-owned palm oil plantation firm in Indonesia to create a support framework that enables local mills and smallholders to produce palm oil according to standards of no deforestation and no peatland deterioration.

Commitments covering palm oil and timber were by far the strongest examined by the report, but just 18 companies obtained full scores for policies

Corporates set to miss zero-deforestation targets for 2020

A new report has found that no sector is on track to achieve a deforestation-free supply chain by 2020, with individual companies adopting a "piecemeal approach" by largely ignoring big contribution areas to deforestation, such as cattle production.

As part of the report, Kraft Heinz introduced a new goal to transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply globally by 2025. image KraftHeinz

Transparency focus helps Kraft Heinz accelerate towards supply chain goals

EXCLUSIVE: Food processing company Kraft Heinz has enrolled in a journey of transparency to help deliver its CSR strategy, with the company's first ever sustainability report highlighting achievements with palm oil sourcing and challenges related to water consumption.

Research has shown that the forest and land-use sector could deliver 37% of the emissions reductions required by 2030 to halt dangerous levels of global warming

UK Government provides £62m to combat deforestation in Latin America

The UK Government has announced two new projects worth £62m will help tackle deforestation across Latin America by promoting sustainable new business models and sourcing practices.

Nestlé promised to end deforestation in its supply chain by 2015 in response to Greenpeace’s KitKat campaign of 2010

Nestlé, Hershey and Mars 'breaking promises over palm oil use'

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using "conflict palm oil" from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy.

What the world needs now, is sustainable soy

Producing more responsible - and certified - soy will be critical in protecting the Cerrado region of Brazil.

T&E, Oxfam and Friends of the Earth are among nearly 100 environmental groups protesting the proposal

New airplane biofuels plan would 'destroy rainforests', warn campaigners

A new plan to accelerate production of biofuels for passenger planes has drawn stinging criticism from environmentalists who argue that most of the world's rainforests might have to be cleared to produce the necessary crops.

Raising the bar on sustainability: Not just “the what” you do, but “how” you do it

Sustainable business is on the rise. More and more organisations are realising that they can do well by being good to people and planet. The most recent report on sustainability performance of listed companies, from Carbon Clear, states that the transition towards more sustainable business is happening more because of carrots (demand) rather than sticks (regulation).

How to expand your business sustainably: it all starts with your supply chain

The 2016 CEO Study published by Accenture and the United Nations Global Compact boldly claims that a "staggering 97% of CEO's interviewed believe that sustainability is important to the future success of their business". Despite being reminiscent of the 97% of scientists that agree on climate change, clearly, we are at a point in time where the question around business expansion is not can, but rather how, does a business grow sustainably and where should it focus its efforts?

While PepsiCo is a quarter of the way to its 2025 goals for annual water replenishment, the company has made slow progress across key sourcing targets

PepsiCo makes slow progress as it embeds new sustainability strategy

Food and beverage company PepsiCo has made inroads into its new set of sustainability targets, although a year of calibrating on new baselines means that progress will have to accelerate to reach key goals.

The REA claims that the Government’s own Transport Energy Task Force had lobbied for a 10% ruling for the crop-based bioethanol

Government raises renewable fuel obligation, caps crop-based fuel use

The UK Government has confirmed that it will increase the percentage of petrol and diesel that is sourced from renewables used for vehicle use, while the use of crops in fuel production will also be capped.

The majority of shareholder resolutions were withdrawn because companies agreed to make changes following preliminary engagement

Shareholder demands driving commitments on deforestation, report finds

Shareholder resolutions are an increasingly viable way to drive company action on deforestation, with more than half of proposals to address risks leading to business commitments from the likes of Kraft, DuPont and Mondelez, according to new analysis.

Imagery from RAN highlighting the illegal deforestation of elephant habitat

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé have been accused of complicity in the destruction of Sumatra's last tract of rainforest shared by elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers together in one ecosystem.

Under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations order, biofuel must be blended into petrol and diesel in the UK today at a rate of 4.75%

Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns

Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.

Malaysian and Indonesian companies dominate global palm oil production, but have been linked to deforestation and slash-and-burn clearance methods

Unilever suspends sourcing from Indonesian palm oil supplier amid deforestation allegations

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has suspended sourcing from an Indonesian-based palm oil supplier which was found to be in breach of policy on deforestation and peatland clearance.

CDP analysis from 2016 revealed that more than $900bn in annual turnover is at risk from deforestation

McDonald's and L'Oréal join CDP's zero-deforestation supply chain agenda

Fast-food giant McDonald's, global cosmetics firm L'Oréal and healthcare specialists Johnson & Johnson are among the first eight major companies that have agreed to disclose key supplier information to CDP to manage deforestation risks.

A number of companies, including Unilever, Mars and Nestlé, have cancelled contracts with IOI because of last year’s suspension

IOI commits to 'best-practice' peatland and deforestation plans

One of the world's biggest palm oil suppliers has committed to address deforestation and exploitation in its supply chain, which had caused major brands to cancel contracts with the firm.

Greenpeace claims that HSBC formed part of a funding syndicate that offered $16.3bn in loans to palm oil companies accused of destroying vast areas of rainforest and peatland in Indonesia

HSBC revamps deforestation policy after Greenpeace investigation

HSBC has launched a new zero-deforestation policy following a Greenpeace investigation which linked the banking corporation to organisations that have been destroying Indonesia's rainforests.

The report found that 80% of the banks are failing to integrate the results of environmental stress tests into decision making processes, despite 70% introducing new stress tests

Major banks failing to align climate strategies to Paris Agreement targets

Despite more than 70% of banks introducing environmental and carbon footprint stress, many are failing to align business and investment strategies in keeping with the 2C pathway scenario established through the Paris Agreement.

Soy and deforestation: the easiest step to take is also the most impactful

If we reflect on the prominent environmental issues of 2016, those that received widespread media coverage: the Paris Agreement, renewable energy, palm oil, fracking and air pollution, amongst others, would undoubtedly spring to mind. Few headlines seemed to touch on the deforestation sweeping across South America to give way to an expanding soy industry and its relationship to meat and dairy.


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