Wednesday, April 30, 2014

P&G Adopts No-Deforestation

Another win for People Power and the planet.
Proctor and Gamble announced this month that, to stop further deforestation, it will cease using palm oil in its products. The world's largest consumer products company made the decision after receiving 400,000 emails from around the world.
The no-deforestation policy promises to remove forest destruction from its palm oil supply chain, by ensuring all its suppliers guarantee no conversion of peat lands, respect local communities and protect high carbon and high conservation value areas. It says all of its suppliers will be 100% forest-friendly by 2020.
Although this sounds encouraging, at this very moment there are 7,300 orangutans, and as few as 400 Sumatran tigers left, which are at risk of being homeless. Both species are on the endangered list and could become extinct if deforestation continues. Six years is a long time to wait when whole species could be lost forever.
P and G joins a group of other palm oil traders and consumers – Nestle, L'Oreal, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, Mars, Kellogg, Safeway, Delhaize, Ferrero, GAR and Wilmar – in their commitment to ending deforestation.
Although saving the habitat of wild animals is highly commendable, it would also be wonderful if they saved the animal themselves by no longer using them for product testing...

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