A survey of major palm oil buyers' progress on their pledges to help curb deforestation shows that a quarter, mostly based in Asia, have yet to make commitments to purchase sustainable supplies, according to the green group WWF. The organization has tracked palm oil buyers' sustainability practices for a decade, analyzing 173 buyers across the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Each company was assessed according to their pledges to source sustainable palm oil and deforestation polices in their supply chains, among other things, notes Reuters
(17 January, Taylor). The Italian chocolate maker Ferrero received the best ranking from WWF, while Asian brands lagged behind and at times refused to give facts and figures to WWF. Elizabeth Clarke, palm oil lead at WWF in Singapore, said it was "disturbing" that so many companies refused to "mak[e] a commitment of the most basic kind." Palm oil is the world’s most widely used edible oil, found in everything from margarine to soap, but it has faced scrutiny from green activists and consumers, who have blamed its production for forest loss, fires, and worker exploitation.
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