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Unilever Pledges 100% Traceable Palm Oil by End of 2014 | Sustainable Brands

Unilever Pledges 100% Traceable Palm Oil by End of 2014 | Sustainable Brands | deforestation | Scoop.it

13 November 2013, Sustainable Brands, Mike Hower -- "In a major move towards sustainability for one of the world’s largest purchasers of palm oil, Unilever on Tuesday announced that all of the palm oil it buys globally will be traceable to known sources by the end of 2014.


The company says it purchases roughly 1.5 million tons of palm oil and its derivatives annually, which represents about 3 percent of the world’s total production, for use in products such as margarine, ice cream, soap and shampoo.

 

Unilever says its progress has been made possible by the commitment and efforts of a number of its strategic suppliers. The company pledges to continue to engage with its suppliers, NGOs, governments, end users and other industry stakeholders to develop collaborative solutions to halt deforestation, protect peat land, and to drive positive economic and social impact for people and local communities. ..."


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“Market transformation can only happen if everyone involved takes responsibility and is held accountable for driving a sustainability agenda,” said Marc Engel, Unilever’s Chief Procurement Officer.  AMEN!

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Watch the global deforestation crisis on Google Earth

Watch the global deforestation crisis on Google Earth | deforestation | Scoop.it
Thanks to NASA satellites and Google Maps, scientists can now track the chronic loss of forests with greater accuracy than ever before.

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Cargill to cut off suppliers who don't provide deforestation-free palm oil

Cargill to cut off suppliers who don't provide deforestation-free palm oil | deforestation | Scoop.it
Agricultural giant Cargill, America's largest palm oil importer, will no longer buy palm oil from sources associated with deforestation, conversion of peatlands, and social conflict. The policy follows similar commitments made by other major palm oil buyers, including Unilever and Nestle, and comes after years of campaigning led by the Rainforest Action Network.
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Report highlights successful efforts to stem deforestation in 17 countries

Report highlights successful efforts to stem deforestation in 17 countries | deforestation | Scoop.it

Programs and policies to reduce tropical deforestation, and the global warming emissions resulting from deforestation, are seeing broad success in 17 countries across four continents, according to a new report. - http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/solutions/stop-deforestation/deforestation-success-stories.html

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Deforestation, development may be driving Ebola outbreaks, experts say | Al Jazeera America

Deforestation, development may be driving Ebola outbreaks, experts say | Al Jazeera America | deforestation | Scoop.it
As humans transform ecosystems and come into closer contact with animals, scientists fear more viral epidemics

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Deforestation causes cooling, study shows

Deforestation causes cooling, study shows | deforestation | Scoop.it
Deforestation, considered by scientists to contribute significantly to global warming, has been shown by a Yale-led team to actually cool the local climate in northern latitudes, according to a paper published today in Nature.

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