Palm Oil Newsroom

Kraft and Mondelez First Stops in New Campaign To Remove “Conflict Palm Oil” from America’s Snack Foods

Release Date: 
Friday, September 13, 2013

Deerfield, Illinois—Today, activists with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), including one dressed as an orangutan met with company officials at the headquarters of local food giants Kraft and Mondelez after the group announced a national campaign yesterday to remove “Conflict Palm Oil” from America’s snack foods. A protest at Chicago’s Board of Trade yesterday morning publicly named the 20 snack food companies that RAN’s campaign will focus on. Today’s visits are the first two company stops on a recently launched national tour by RAN called The Power Is In Your Palm Tour.

Rainforest Action Network Activists Deliver Over 100,000 Petitions to Cargill Headquarters; Protest Company’s Continued Buying and Selling of ‘Conflict’ Palm Oil and its Role in Orangutan Extinction

Release Date: 
Monday, September 9, 2013



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Monday, September 9 2013


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Cargill registers concern with palm oil supplier about child labour allegations

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has accused Cargill of using child labour in its palm oil supply chain – and Cargill says it has registered its concern with supplier KLK.

Food Navigator
Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Good Stuff — Episode 11: Girl Scout Cookies, Orangutans and Palm Oil

In 2007, two kids in Michigan set out to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan. They learned that the orangutans’ habitat is being destroyed to plant oil palm plantations. After making the shocking discovery that palm oil was an ingredient in Girl Scout cookies, they launched a campaign to make Girl Scout cookies rainforest-safe.

The Story of Stuff Project
Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Palm Oil Innovation Group set to address haze issue

Unveiled on the sidelines of a meeting of the Tropical Forest Alliance, a coalition of government leaders and companies from the Consumer Goods Forum, the innovation group (POIG) will determine production standards that will help the alliance meet the ambitious goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of soybeans, palm oil, beef and pulp and paper by 2020.
Monday, July 1, 2013

Why Slave Labor Still Plagues The Global Food System

Forced labor, including debt bondage, also continues to sustain palm oil plantations in Malaysia, also on the Tier 2 Watch List, and Indonesia. (Palm oil is used in lots of processed foods, from Dunkin' Donuts to Girl Scout cookies.) Cargill, the largest importer of palm oil and trader of 25 percent of the world's palm oil supply, says it has a policy of not using any slave or child labor. But the Rainforest Action Network has alleged that one of Cargill's palm oil suppliers used slave labor on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Thursday, June 20, 2013