Italian chocolate and confectionery producer Ferrero has disclosed the location of 116 mills it sources palm oil from following a 19 March Greenpeace report condemning eight large-scale consumer goods companies for failing to disclose their palm oil supply chains.
In January 2018, Greenpeace challenged 16 global companies to disclose their palm oil suppliers and mills in an effort to crack down on firms contributing to deforestation.
The latest Greenpeace report said Nestlé, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, Mars, Mondelez, Procter & Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser had now publicly disclosed their palm oil supply chains.
The eight companies that had not disclosed their mills were named as Ferrero, Hershey, Kellogg’s, Kraft Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, PZ Cussons and Smucker’s.
However, on 21 March, Ferrero published a full list of the mills it sources palm oil from, ahead of a 15 May deadline it had originally agreed with Greenpeace.
“Ferrero recognises the important industry momentum generated by Greenpeace through its report ‘Moment of Truth’ and agrees that supply chain transparency is an essential component of sustainable sourcing and supply chain responsibility,” the company said.
It added that its list of mills would be updated every six months.
The Nutella producer uses around 160,000 tonnes/year of palm oil, accounting for around 0.3% of global palm oil consumption, the International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition (PIPOC) heard last November.
The Greenpeace report said brands were not on track to meet their commitments to a clean palm oil supply chain by 2020.
“Brands have repeatedly promised to end deforestation for palm oil by 2020. With less than two years to go, they are way off track,” said Kiki Taufik, Greenpeace global head of the Indonesian forests campaign and Southeast Asia.
“Despite corporate commitments to reform this dirty industry, palm oil remains a high-risk commodity. Brands need to come clean about where their palm oil comes from and cut off growers that refuse to change their destructive ways,” she added.
Government data from Indonesia showed that the country lost 24M ha of rainforest between 1990 and 2015, with 146 football fields’ worth of forest lost every hour in the last three years to 2015, the NGO claimed.
Indonesia had more threatened and endangered species than any other country, many of which were threatened by habitat loss and the raging forest fires caused by forest and peatland destruction, said Greenpeace.