Pepsi, McDonalds, Nestle, other major brands implicated in illegal destruction of critical elephant habitat

A new investigation links major food corporations to a rogue palm oil company that is ravaging the rainforest.

Published April 1, 2017 5:05PM (EDT)

A waterfall in the Amazon rainforest. (Shutterstock)
A waterfall in the Amazon rainforest. (Shutterstock)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.


A Rainforest Action Network field investigation team has documented new evidence of large-scale, illegal rainforest destruction within habitat critical to the survival of the Sumatran elephant, tiger and orangutan. RAN’s research has uncovered supply chain connections that link the rogue palm oil company responsible for the deforestation to major global brands through their shared supplier, Wilmar. The companies implicated include PepsiCo, McDonalds, Nestle, Unilever and Procter and Gamble.

This forest clearance is taking place in direct breach of the Indonesian government moratorium on the clearance of rainforests for palm oil plantations announced last April, as well as the no-deforestation policies announced by palm oil giant Wilmar and other brands that commit the companies to eliminate conflict palm oil such as this from their products.

Please watch and share the RAN-produced video below and take action to raise the pressure on Wilmar, PepsiCo and others to immediately suspend relations with all palm oil mills being supplied by the company responsible for this large-scale forest destruction.

By Laurel Sutherlin

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