Over three years ago, I wrote about two Girl Scouts challenging Kellogg’s to drop palm oil from their Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in order to protect endangered animals such as the orangutans and tigers, rainforests and tribes in Borneo and Sumatra. It may have seemed like a long time coming, but we finally have a victory!
Yesterday, I had a nice Valentine’s Day surprise when I saw an announcement that Kellogg announced a global commitment to fully traceable sourcing of palm oil with the requirement for suppliers to have palm oil “produced in a manner that’s environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable. To do so, Kellogg is working through its supply chain — from suppliers to processors to growers — to ensure that palm oil it uses is sourced from plantations that uphold the company’s commitment to protect forests and peat lands, as well as human and community rights” by the end of 2015, the statement reads.
Palm oil is extremely destructive to the environment, various species and the people whose homes are destroyed in order to produce palm oil plantations. A commitment like this by a huge corporation will go a long way and will hopefully lead to many others following in their footsteps.