Today, Rainforest Action Network announced a victory against snack food giant PepsiCo. After six years of campaigning- including investigations into PepsiCo’s palm oil suppliers and many letters and petitions sent to the company- PepsiCo finally announced a new, far-reaching palm oil policy which will not only look to eliminate destruction and human rights abuses from their products but will also pressure their suppliers to do the same.
RAN’s campaign against PepsiCo began over six years ago when they began targeting the “Snack Food 20“- twenty major snack companies- to begin changing their palm oil policies. PepsiCo quickly emerged as a Conflict Palm Oil laggard- its policies were insufficient, and it wasn’t making a commitment to source palm oil responsibly. After pressure from RAN- and from people like you- PepsiCo announced their current policy, paving the way for other companies to follow.
But even though PepsiCo has moved on this issue, there’s still work left to do. Other companies need to take action and end the palm oil issue. What PepsiCo has shown us is that our voice does matter, and we can make a difference. So go out there and use that voice to make a difference!
~The Orangutan Gang