New guide to palm oil and chocolate
Three of the UK's leading chocolate barnds have received the worst rating in a new guide to sustainable palm oil in chocolate.
Lindt, Thorntons and Guylian all finished bottom of a rating table produced by Ethical Consumer and the Rainforest Foundation.
The guide uses data from over 70 of the UK's top chocolate brands on their use of palm oil and derivatives.
All three companies failed to score any marks for their palm oil sourcing. Lindt supplied inaccurate figures while Thorntons and Guylian failed to submit any documentation to the organisations that set international sustainable palm oil standards.
The guide is part of a campaign launched in response to the increasing threat that unsustainable palm oil is posing to the world’s rainforests, and consequently, to the people that rely almost entirely on those forests for their livelihoods.
Having destroyed vast areas of forest in countries such as Indonesia, palm oil companies are now planning to expand in the rainforests of the Congo Basin in Africa. An area the size of Yorkshire is currently being cleared to make way for oil palm plantations. If forest habitats are lost, then numerous wildlife species, including forest elephant and lowland gorilla, will also be under threat.
According to a previous RFUK report Seeds of Destruction, 1 million acres of rainforest in the Congo Basin is currently being developed by palm oil producers, and with 284 million acres of suitable soil in the region, developers are actively seeking large sites now. Palm oil is a core ingredient in many food products and companies are not required by EU law to label products containing it until December 2014.
This story has been added to our corporate database. The database powers all our live product guides, giving the score for each company on our rankings tables.
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The product guide to chocolate is the first of a series of guides that will rate all consumer products using palm oil. Future guides will include biscuits, cereals and spreads.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage consumers to buy the best rated products, forcing those companies that are not taking their environmental responsibilities seriously to use more sustainably sourced palm oil.
View all the data behind the scores here