Three years ago, Rainforest Action Networkexposed palm oil company Duta Palmas rainforest-destroying practicesthrough a case study on one of its plantations in West Kalimantan, Borneo. Following the release of the report, Cargill publicly claimed that Duta Palma was not a supplier in 2008 or 2009 and that it didnt intend to do business with the company in 2010. But despite numerous requests from thousands of RAN supporters around the world, Cargill still has not disclosed the companies with which it will not trade. In fact, there has been no confirmation that Duta Palma did not regain its status as a Cargill supplier.
Until Cargill adopts supply chain safeguards and is transparent about its criteria for doing business with palm oil suppliers, the company has no way of ensuring that conflict-ridden and rainforest-destroying palm oil is not ending up in its supply chain and American homes.
With palm oil in half of all the products sold in US grocery stores, we deserve to know: What is Cargill doing to keep the worst of the worst palm oil out of its supply chain? Demand transparency now.