Are Inexpensive Beauty Products Leading to Deforestation?
Unilever committed to using palm oil from certified ‘sustainable’ sources within 2008, and that all the palm oil used by the company in Europe would be certified as ‘fully traceable’ by 2012.
In December 2013, Unilever entered into a supply agreement with Wilmar International to guarantee a fully traceable supply chain by the end of 2014.
In November 2016, Amnesty International published an article entitled, “Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour, Unilever, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble among nine household names contributing to labour abuse” (https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/11/palm-oil-global-brands-profiting-from-child-and-forced-labour/)
In July 2017 the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment and Forestry found PT AGL (Gunas Group) clearing peatland despite the December 2016 government regulation against this practice and PT AGL’s own commitment not to clear peatland. The area that was cleared was home to the critically endangered Bornean Orangutans and designated a peat restoration priority. (http://www.foresthints.news/world-largest-palm-oil-trader-supply-chains-linked-to-peat-violations)
PT AGL is part of Wilmar International’s supply chain. Does this sound sustainable to you?