Palm Oil Free Chocolate

How to avoid chocolate brands that use palm oil.

Chocolate does not usually contain palm oil. However, it is commonly filled with biscuit and other such fillings, and so palm oil is still used by companies in a lot of chocolate bars and boxes.

In our shopping guide to chocolate we rated 29 brands on their palm oil policy, and below are the ratings for all of them.

Our palm oil ratings for chocolate companies

We assessed the palm oil policies of 29 chocolate companies and brands. We highlight companies which are palm oil free and those that are not, but that still get high marks for their policies. We also incorporate external criticisms of companies’ palm oil supply chains into our ratings, such as those from Greenpeace.

These companies are palm oil free:

Chocolaterie Robert, Pacari, Moo Free, Madécasse, Divine, Booja Booja, Seed and Bean, Montezuma, and the Raw Chocolate Company.

These companies got our best rating for their palm oil policies, but are not palm oil free:

Vivani, Plamil, M&S, Mars, Waitrose and Windmill Organics (Biona).

These companies got our middle rating for their palm oil policies:

  • Ritter
  • Hotel Chocolat
  • Lindt
  • Ferrero (Thorntons)
  • Co-op
  • Lidl
  • Aldi
  • Guylian
  • Mars
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Asda

These companies scored our worst rating for their palm oil policies:

  • Hershey's
  • Nestle
  • Mondelez (Cadbury, Green and Blacks)

How we rate a company’s Palm Oil Policy

Companies will receive one of the following ratings:

Worst rating

Companies using no or minimal certified palm products, and with no or minimal positive commitments score a Worst rating.

Middle rating

The minimum that needs to be achieved for a middle rating is a fully certified supply chain, or a partially certified supply chain with other positive commitments met, such as disclosure of suppliers.

Best rating

Companies able to demonstrate a fully certified supply chain for all palm ingredients used by the whole company group, and who also declare suppliers and volumes will receive a Best rating.

Companies that are palm oil free - using neither palm oil (CPO), palm kernel oil (PKO) nor palm derivatives - will also receive a Best rating.

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