July 19, 2016
July 19, 2016
Corporate Watchdog Slams Krispy Kreme Over Continued Reliance on Irresponsibly Sourced Palm Oil
Nearly 100,000 Urge Krispy Kreme CEO to Stand By Sustainability Commitment and Drop Palm Oil Provider Over Rainforest Destruction
Nearly 100,000 members of SumOfUs, an international corporate watchdog, are renewing pressure on Krispy Kreme over the company’s failure to act on it’s no-deforestation commitment regarding the sourcing of palm oil used in the donut and coffee giant’s products. While Krispy Kreme agreed to change its harmful palm oil policies by the end of 2016, the donut giant has since refuses to cut ties with the IOI Group — a leading Malaysian palm oil trader that has repeatedly failed to address complaints of deforestation and human rights violations.
“Krispy Kreme’s continued use of unsustainable palm oil stands in contrast to actions taken by other companies, such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Unilever, Nestlé, Kellogg, Mars, and General Mills, who have all cut ties with the controversial palm oil trader. By sourcing conflict palm oil to fry its donuts, Krispy Kreme is actively contributing to the slashing and burning of carbon-rich rainforest,” said Hanna Thomas, Campaign Manager, at SumOfUs.
“IOI is a repeat offender that has been suspended twice from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 6 years for deforestation, peatland drainage, operating without proper licenses, failing to prevent fires in its Indonesian concessions, and land conflict with local communities.
“Two years after thousands of SumOfUs members pushed Krispy Kreme to publicly commit to sourcing deforestation-free palm oil, the time is long overdue for the donut chain to live up to its values and take important steps to protect Southeast Asia’s rainforests” added Thomas.