Around 100 Greenpeace activists, some dressed as orang-utans, went to Nestlé's headquarters and factories in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. They called on Nestlé‚ staff to urge the company to stop using palm oil that's the result of forest destruction.
Nestlé‚ uses palm oil in a wide array of its products, and demand for palm oil has been increasing so much that the companies that sell it are leveling rainforests in Indonesia to make way for palm oil plantations.
Indonesian rainforests play a crucial role in regulating our climate and absorbing CO2. The companies that produce palm oil are cutting down the lungs of the planet and contributing to making Indonesia the third largest carbon emitter after the United States and China.
Yes, you read that right. Deforestation is actually responsible for more carbon emissions than all the cars, trucks, planes, and automobiles in the world: 1/5 of total emissions.
But that's not all. Deforestation is also trashing orang-utan habitat, pushing this already endangered species to the brink of extinction, and destroying the livelihoods of local people.
Nestlé's palm oil supplier Sinar Mas is responsible for considerable rainforest and orang-utan habitat destruction. According to Greenpeace, it's time for Nestl‚ to give rainforests a break and stop buying palm oil that comes from destroyed forests. Nestl‚ is the largest food and drinks company in the world, and already a major consumer of palm oil - the last three years have seen Nestlé's use of palm oil almost double. Considering its size and influence, it should be setting an example for the industry and ensuring its palm oil is destruction free. Instead, Nestl‚ continues to buy from companies, like Sinar Mas, that are destroying Indonesia's rainforests and peatlands.
Palm oil producers like Sinar Mas are destroying vast tracts of rainforest for palm oil, pushing orang-utans to the brink of extinction, endangering local communities' survival and accelerating climate change.
Sinar Mas is the largest producer of palm oil in Indonesia. It supplies many food, drink,cosmetic and biofuel companies worldwide - including Nestl‚. Sinar Mas is also breaking Indonsian law by clearing protected forests for its palm oil plantations.
Greenpeace's new report Caught Red-Handed: How Nestlé's Use of Palm Oil is Having a Devastating Impact on Rainforest, the Climate and Orang-utans exposes the links between Nestl‚ and palm oil suppliers, including Sinar Mas, that are expanding their plantations into carbon-rich peatlands and rainforests. Not only are these areas key habitat for orang-utans, but also crucial carbon stores; the destruction of these areas is a major cause of Indonesia's rocketing carbon emissions.