Can Asia make sustainable palm oil?

October 10, 2018 by  
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A new report shows that our progress has been marginal, but also illuminates major opportunities for private sector intervention.

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4 companies pioneering the clothing recommerce market

October 10, 2018 by  
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They’re embracing partnerships to develop secondary retail apparel sources for consumers.

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After the IPCC report, what should businesses do next?

October 10, 2018 by  
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The long-awaited report from the world’s top climate scientists contained some stark warnings. Here’s how companies should respond.

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3 challenges — and opportunities — for businesses to help save tropical forests

October 10, 2018 by  
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Research shows climate finance is reaching most jurisdictions, but slowly.

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Investors worth $6.7 trillion advocate for better palm oil standards

August 20, 2018 by  
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Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil faces pressure to strengthen its certification standards from more than 90 institutional investors.

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Popular zoos, aquariums take up sustainable palm oil cause

October 23, 2017 by  
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A worldwide campaign to inform the general public about species and habitat loss related to uncertified production.

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How your company can get serious about responsible palm oil

January 26, 2017 by  
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Procter & Gamble and Cargill have committed to sourcing responsibly produced palm oil. Here’s how you can too. Hint: it begins with transparency.

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Nutella ingredient could cause cancer, says EFSA

January 12, 2017 by  
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Everyone’s favorite breakfast spread is under fire again . The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said last year that palm oil , the ingredient that gives Nutella its smooth texture, could come with a cancer risk. Now Italian company Ferrero , makers of Nutella, are fighting back, even as other big-name companies like Barilla say they’ve ceased using palm oil. EFSA said in May 2016 that palm oil, when refined at temperatures higher than 200 degrees Celsius, produces more of a contaminant called glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE) than other vegetable oils. They said there is sufficient evidence glycidol – what they describe as GE’s parent compound – is carcinogenic, or cancer-causing. Related: Our love of Nutella is wrecking the Earth Ferrero has a high stake in convincing the public of palm oil’s safety; Nutella brings in about one fifth of their sales, according to Reuters. Palm oil is also cheaper than other oils, costing about $800 per ton compared with $845 for sunflower oil or $920 for rapeseed oil. As Ferrero goes through around 185,000 metric tons of palm oil every year, Reuters calculated they would spend an extra $8 to $22 million yearly if they switched to another oil. Ferrero would not give Reuters a comment on those statistics. The company launched a TV commercial that’s played in Italy for the last three months, featuring Ferrero purchasing manager Vincenzo Tapella, who told Reuters, “Making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward.” Some politicians have criticized the ad, saying it misleads consumers on environmental and health risks. Ferrero argues they process palm oil at temperatures just under 200 degrees Celsius to lower GE levels to the point where scientific instruments can barely trace the contaminant. They also claim to purchase palm oil approved by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil . The palm oil industry has been criticized for contributing to deforestation and destroying the habitats of endangered animals like orangutans and Sumatran tigers. Is it time to give it up? Via Reuters Images via Brian Cantoni on Flickr and Janine on Flickr

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It’s never been easier to get caught red-handed

June 28, 2016 by  
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For companies that illegally cut protected forests, satellite monitoring systems and data analytics leave nowhere to hide.

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Deforestation: Give credit where credit is due

November 16, 2015 by  
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With Indonesia burning, are corporations failing in their “no deforestation” pledges?

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