P&G pledges to protect the forest – once it’s gone

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is the corporation behind brands like Mr. Clean, Head & Shoulders, Gillette and Oil of Olay. It has pledged to use only deforestation-free palm oil – as of 2020. Please speak out and tell P&G that 2020 is too late – the remaining forest will be gone by then!

P&G intends to stop buying dirty palm oil by 2020. This commitment is pure greenwashing. P&G must eliminate palm oil from its supply chain immediately.

Mr. Clean standing with his arms crossed in front of a cleared forest Procter & Gamble still condones rainforest destruction for palm oil (background: iStockphoto; montage: Rainforest Rescue) ( © Montage: Rettet den Regenwald / iStockphoto )

Procter & Gamble’s suppliers have left a trail of destruction across vast stretches of Indonesia. Producers such as BW Plantation, KLK and Musim Mas have become synonymous with rainforest destruction and the killing of orangutans. It cannot be ruled out that dirty palm oil from traders such as Wilmar International and Cargill is entering the P&G supply chain – and thus our households.

Satellite images analyzed by Greenpeace document clear-cutting in the pristine rainforests of Papua by PT Rimba Matoa Lestari (PT RML), a P&G supplier. According to Greenpeace, PT RML has been destroying forest in a 30,000-hectare concession since 2009, and has continued doing so in the very recent past.

BW Plantation has been clearing the rainforest in several areas in central Kalimantan that are inhabited by orangutans. Their habitat is also being destroyed by the palm oil producers KLK and Musim Mas. On the Rokan Adi Raya concession, the fate of the last Sumatran tigers hangs in the balance.

P&G has pledged that its suppliers must document the sources of their palm oil as of 2015, and the corporation intends to dispense entirely with oil from deforestation as of 2020. For many areas, that will be too late – the rainforest will be gone by then. In Indonesia, palm oil plantations currently occupy 10 million hectares. 20 million hectares are projected for 2020 – a doubling of the area in only six years!

Given the dramatic pace at which the rainforest is being destroyed, Procter & Gamble’s continued use of dirty palm oil until 2020 reveals its “no deforestation” pledge to be mere greenwashing. How long are we going to stand for P&G’s double-dealing?

Call on CEO Alan G. Lafley to commit to an immediate stop to P&G’s use of palm oil.

P&G processes 460,000 tons of palm oil and palm kernel oil a year.

The group’s brands  include Head & Shoulders, Oil of Olay, Gillette, Oral-B, Ariel, Lenor, Mr. Clean, Always, Pampers, Vicks and Duracell.

Dear Mr. Lafley,

Procter & Gamble is committed to eliminating deforestation from its palm oil supply chain by 2020. Your suppliers thus have a further six years of free rein to clear land for palm oil plantations. This is intolerable given the dramatic pace at which they are destroying the rainforest.

It will be too late for many areas if you continue to condone deforestation until 2020 – the rainforest will be gone by then. In Indonesia, palm oil plantations currently occupy 10 million hectares. 20 million hectares are projected for 2020 – a doubling of the area in only six years!

Even the immediate implementation of your announced no-deforestation policy would not solve the problems, as palm oil cannot be produced sustainably for many reasons. We therefore call on you to eliminate palm oil from your supply chain immediately.

Sincerely,

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