Palm Oil campaign


Last updated: March 2016



Rainforest Foundation and Ethical Consumer Palm Oil Campaign



Ethical Consumer has joined forces with the Rainforest Foundation in a ground-breaking collaboration to respond to the threat now facing the Congo rainforest. 


Our research is now powering the campaign to encourage consumers to buy the best rated products, forcing companies to use more sustainably sourced palm oil.


Click on the image above the to download the full report and see which products to buy and which to avoid (opens in a new window).




How your daily routine can help the rainforest


Palm oil is an ingredient used in thousands of products from chocolate to shampoo.

But the mass production of palm oil is devastating the world’s rainforests.

Between 1990 and 2010, 8.7 million acres of rainforest in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea were cleared for palm plantations.

And now developers have turned their attention to the rainforests in the Congo Basin.

Multi-national palm oil companies are lining up to open up a new front-line in industrial palm oil production which threatens to liquidate vast areas of the Congo's rainforest, threatening indigenous people and endangered wildlife including forest elephants and lowland gorillas.

An investigation by the Rainforest Foundation identified over 1 million acres of palm oil exploitation projects already underway, and a colossal 284 million acres of soil suitable for palm plantations in the region.

Already an area of rainforest the size of Yorkshire has been destroyed and it is feared that two thirds of the Congo rainforest could be lost to palm oil plantations. 


How to avoid Palm Oil


We've rated the palm oil usage of companies that produce:

  • chocolate
  • bread
  • biscuits
  • skincare
  • make-up
  • hair products
  • party food
  • cleaning products


See which companies score best in these sectors. (pdf - opens in new window) 


Learn more about how we rated the companies for this campaign.


Read more about why its important to campaign on palm oil.



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