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25 March 2014 | Let’s face it: Donuts are delicious. But we all know that sugary, fried goodness comes at a cost, and thanks to Donuts, Deodorant, Deforestation, a new scorecard, we now know that donuts may be bad news for forests as well as our waistlines. Published last week, the scorecard ranks fast food, personal care, and packaged food companies according to their commitments to keep deforestation-driving palm oil out of their supply chains.
Packaged food companies ranked the highest on the scorecard, with Kellogg’s, Mondolez, Nestlé, and Unilever committing to purging their supply chains of palm oil. And, facing pressure from groups such as Greenpeace and their own consciences, more companies are getting on board. Just last week, Nordic consumer goods giant Orkla promised to remove peatland destruction from its supply chain by 2017. And as of early March, Mars, the maker of M&Ms and other guilty pleasures, committed to no-deforestation sourcing and full traceability by 2015. Further upstream in the supply chain, suppliers Wilmar and Golden Agri-Resources, which together sell 55% of the world’s palm oil, have recently committed to sourcing palm that does not threaten the peat forests that sequester huge amounts of carbon.
However, as the creator of the palm scorecard, Calen May-Tobin, points out, these no-deforestation commitments are much easier said than done. Supply chains are long and winding, and altering the drivers of deforestation requires new relationships and understanding among consumers, corporations, and communities.
The nineteenth Katoomba event hosted by Ecosystem Marketplace’s parent organization Forest Trends in Iguazú Falls, Brazil last week attempted to do just that by putting palm buyers such as Nestlé and McDonald’s in the same room with producers such as Fiagril and advocates such as Greenpeace. The event brought up questions about the effectiveness of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which covers 14% of palm oil worldwide, and the role of the consumer as the missing link, or perhaps the weak link, in demanding deforestation-free products.
Here in Washington D.C., we are continuing data collection for our State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets and State of the Forest Carbon Markets reports. If you either transacted carbon offsets on the voluntary market in 2013 or developed a forest or cookstove project, we would love to hear from you. Respondents can get the usual perks – including listing in our directory and inclusion of your project on the Forest Carbon Portal, if you wish. The survey will remain open until March 31.
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