Here's a quick cheat sheet of the major consumer brands leading the switch to sustainable palm oil.
Alert: In shopping, you may see "Palm-Oil Free" brands, but that is not the sustainable option. Palm oil takes less land than other oil crops, causing less deforestation if sustainably grown. If you see "Palm-Oil Free" brands, please alert them that their good intentions may harm animals even more.
Based on the 2016 RSPO reports and each company's published plans, the following large manufacturers buy all or mostly certified sustainable palm oil in all their operations worldwide.
Note: Starred companies in the list - General Mills, Hershey & PepsiCo - also do not test on animals. Colgate-Palmolive gets a half star: it has reduced animal testing and is a major supporter of non-animal methods and legislation. The other companies test on animals directly or through third parties.
|Colgate-Palmolive 81% sustainable||Ajax, Colgate, Tom's of Maine, Murphy Oil Soap, Palmolive, Speedstick deodorants, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Suavitel Fabric Softener, Hills Pet Care, Science Diet, more.|
|ConAgra Foods 90% sustainable (1)||Banquet, Bertolli, Blue Bonnet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Fleischmann's, Frontera salsa, Gulden's, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt's, Jiffy Pop, La Choy, Libby's, Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, P.F. Chang's Home Menu, PAM, Parkay, Peter Pan, Ranch Style Beans, Reddi-wip, RO*TEL, Rosarita, Slim Jim, Swiss Miss, Van Camp's, Wesson, more.|
|Ferrero Trading 100% sustainable||Nutella, TicTac, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder.|
|★ General Mills 100% sustainable||Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Gold Medal, Pillsbury, Cascadian Farm, Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fiber One, Kix, Lucky Charms, Monsters, Total, Trix, Wheaties, Haagen Dazs, Annie's, Bugles, Green Giant, Helper, La Saltena, Muir Glen, Nature Valley, Old El Paso, Progresso soups, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, Yoplait, Mountain High, Totino's/Jeno's, more.|
|★ Hershey 100% sustainable||Hershey's, 5th Avenue, Allan Candy, Almond Joy, Breath Savers, Brookside, Bubble Yum, Cadbury (within US), Dagoba, Good & Plenty, Heath, Ice Breakers, Jolly Rancher, Kisses, Kit Kat, Lancaster, Milk Duds, Mounds, Mr. Goodbar, Payday, Popwell, Reese's, Rolo, Scharffen Berger, Skor, Sofit, Take 5, Twizzlers, Whoppers, York, Zagnut, Zero, Whatchamacallit|
|Kellogg Company 100% sustainable||Corn Flakes, Coco Pops, Corn Pops, Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, Mini Wheats, All-Bran, Rice Krispies, Special K, Pop Tarts, Eggo, Fiber Plus fiber bars, Nutri-Grain fiber bars, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburgers, Famous Amos, Keebler, Town House, Pringles, Mother's, Carr's, Cheez-It, more.|
|Kraft Heinz 75% sustainable||A.1., Athenos, Bagel Bites, Bakers Chocolate, Capri Sun, Classico, Cool Whip, Corn Nuts, Country Time, Cracker Barrel Cheese, Crystal Light, Delimex, Gevalia, Grey Poupon, Heinz, Jack Daniel's Sauces, Jell-O, Jet-Puffed, Knudsen, Kool-Aid, Kraft, Lea & Perrins, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Miracle Whip, Mr. Yoshida's, Nancy's, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia cream cheese (inside the US), Planters, Shake N Bake, Stove Top, Sure-Jell, Tassimo, TGI Fridays, Velveeta, Weight Watchers, Smart Ones, more.|
|Mars 100% sustainable||Uncle Ben's rice, Dolmio, M&M's, Milky Way, Snickers, Three Muskateers, Twix, Skittles, Starburst, Doublemint, Eclipse, Freedent, Orbit. Pet care: Banfield Pet Hospital, Bluepearl, Cesar, Dreamies, Eukanuba, Iams, Nutro, Pedigree, Pet Partners, Royal Canin, Sheba, Temptations, Waltham, Whiskas, more.|
|Mondelez International 96% sustainable||Cadbury (outside the US), Cote d'Or, Toblerone, Dentyne, Trident, Halls, Chips Ahoy, Club Social, Honeymaid, Nabisco, Newtons, Nilla, Nutter Butter, Oreo, Philadelphia cream cheese (outside the US), Premium, Ritz, Triscuit, Wheat Thins, Tang, more.|
|★ PepsiCo 100% sustainable||Pepsi, 7UP, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Gatorade, Tropicana, Quaker Oats, Lay's, Ruffles, Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos, Sun Chips, Grandma's cookies, more. The chip brands are the main products using palm oil.||Unilever 53% sustainable (2)||Axe, Becel/Flora, Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Brummel & Brown, Caress, Clear, Country Crock, Degree, Dove, Hellman's, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Imperial, Klondike, Knorr, Lever, Lipton, Nexxus, Noxzema, Ponds, Popsicle, Promise, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, TRESemme, Vaseline, more.|
★ Starred companies also do not test (or commission third-party tests) on animals. Colgate-Palmolive gets a half star, because it has minimized tests and is a major supporter of non-animal methods and legislation.
(1) As reported in a March 2018 email from ConAgra. ConAgra did not submit a 2016 RSPO report.
(2) Unilever appears as 100% on the WWF 2016 Palm Oil Scorecard, which uses data from the 2015 RSPO reports. The percentage for this company dropped below 100% in 2016, because the company was moving from the minimum system required to claim sustainable palm oil (a system called "Book and Claim") to a stricter Mass Balance or Segregated Supply system, which gives full traceability of sustainable palm oil. We have kept the company in the "good" table because (1) the company achieved 100% sustainable under the old method, (2) the reason for the decline is that the company is moving to a more complex, but more responsible, certification method, and (3) the company expects to reach 100% sustainable under the stricter method soon.
The following cruelty-free brands use certified sustainable palm oil, based on statements on their web sites or on official palm oil reports filed with RSPO:
(1) These companies are owned by a larger parent company that reports palm oil usage to the RSPO. Although individual brands aren't identified in the reports, personal care products almost always use palm oil derivatives, which are listed separately in the reports, along with the percentage of derivatives that are sustainable. The parent companies of these brands show 100% sustainable palm oil for all palm oil derivatives, so we can deduce that their personal care brands are derived from 100% sustainable palm oil.
There are likely others, but most companies don't mention either way on their web sites. The preceding companies specifically note their palm oil stance on their web sites or report their palm oil usage to the RSPO.
Last updated: March 2018
Photo credits for feature image: Fruit of Elaeis guineensis (oil palm). By Cayambe, March 2010 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13809442.
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