The WWF report on palm oil shows how difficult it is for companies to change

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has just published a ranking of companies using palm oil obtained from unsustainable crops. His conclusions are not optimistic.

Companies are more and more willing to declare their environmental protection and emphasize the importance of nature and the struggle for its preservation. However, declarations alone are not enough, they must be followed by specific actions. And although no one expects corporations to change their entire supply chain in one week, month or even a year, it is worth saying "check" from time to time and see how in practice they implement the declared concern for the climate.

The demand for palm oil is growing and this is a big problem for the environment.

Palm oil is the most popular vegetable oil in the world and an important ingredient in many food products, cosmetics, detergents and even biofuels . Demand for it does not fall, although its production has a disastrous effect on forests, which are destroyed to get more space for plantations. Animals, local communities and the climate suffer from this. Most plantations are found in Southeast Asia, but more and more are also being created in Africa and Latin America.

To maintain ecological responsibility, you do not have to give up pile oil immediately. You can switch to the use of certified oil from sustainable crops (CSPO). Although certification is not a great solution to an oil problem, it is the best we currently have. Organizations like WWF encourage to use it.

No company has obtained the maximum number of points in the ranking.

This is the fifth edition of the ranking, which WWF has been preparing for 10 years . The organization looks at 173 retailers, producers of consumer goods and companies from the food sector from 20 countries. WWF has expanded its scope this year, taking into account not only the origin of palm oil, but also measures to protect small producers, communities and biodiversity in oil-growing areas.

Unfortunately, the report shows that the ecological ambition of international companies often ends at the level of noisy declarations. Although over two-thirds of the corporations surveyed have committed to using only palm oil from sustainable sources by 2020, only 60 percent of them do so.

Among all respondents, less than half of the companies use CSPO only. The best result in the ranking (21.5 points out of 22) was obtained by Ferrero, a producer of such products as Nutella or Ferrero Rocher. Not bad with limiting the use of irresponsibly obtained palm oil L'Oreal (19.3) or the Kaufland network (19.3).

Not all companies want to share information on how to obtain palm oil. As many as 41 corporations did not answer WWF's question, as many as 12 of them were from Poland. Only 3 Polish companies decided to cooperate with the organization - Lotte Wedel, ZT Kruszwica and Colian. And although the first one came out best, to be honest, the result (5.8 points) obtained by it is not overly impressive.

The WWF report on palm oil shows how difficult it is for companies to change


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