Do you remember when the two guides form Michigan launched a to save the forests in Indonesia? Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, found that the cookies sold as fundraising things sell cookies where linked to tropical deforestation in Indonesia, threatening the habitat of orangutans. They refused to sell the cookies and have begun to ask the their association to stop selling cookies indicted. They won their battle: Kellogg, thats produces the Girl Scouts cookies, released a new palm oil sourcing commitment, that goes beyond the often-criticized standards of “sustainable” palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
With 2013 sales of $14.8 billion and more than 1,600 foods, Kellogg is the world’s leading cereal company and the second largest producer of cookies, crackers and savory snacks. By its own estimate, the Kellogg Company – maker of popular food products that include Special K, Eggo Waffles, and Pop Tarts - purchases one out of every thousand tons of palm oil produced worldwide. “Kellogg has taken a step in the right direction, but a statement of intent is not the same as a binding, time-bound responsible palm oil policy. For communities and orangutans in Indonesia what matters now is that Kellogg puts this commitment into action with thorough and rapid implementation," said Rainforest Action Network. Kellogg’s new commitment requires its suppliers to stop destroying rainforests, draining carbon-rich peatlands, violating human rights and using forced and child labor by December 31, 2015.