PepsiCo has published its latest Palm Oil Progress Report. Within the report the company claims it has “Achieved 32% RSPO physically certified sustainable palm oil”. This figure exceeds their “interim target of 30% for 2017, with the aim of hitting 50% by the end of 2018 and 100% by the end of 2020”.
On first look, it would seem PepsiCo is making positive steps and notable progress. For example, another highlight of the report includes how the company “increased traceability to the mill to 94% at the end of 2017, up from 65% in 2015, with the aim of achieving traceability to plantation by 2020”. But the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has countered the idea that PepsiCo is on track to meet its palm oil goals. They claim the corporation is practicing a policy of “dodge and cover […’]. At the end of the day it still allows PepsiCo to remain in business partnership with companies actively abusing workers’ rights and destroying tropical rainforests and peatlands.”