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Brand Leaders for Sustainable Palm Oil

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Here's a quick cheat sheet of the major consumer brands leading the switch to sustainable palm oil.

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Major Consumer Brands with Good Records

Based on the 2019 RSPO reports, the following large companies buy all or mostly certified sustainable palm oil in all their operations worldwide. All also are moving to traceable supplies, with over half their supply now traceable. General Mills, Ferrero, Hershey, Kraft Heinz, Mars, and Unilever are already 95%-100% traceable.

The list below shows each company's brands, too. Not all brands use palm oil (e.g., soft drinks like 7-UP), but we included all brands for each company since people often want to know that.

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.

Company Company Brands
half star Colgate-Palmolive 62% 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 100% sustainable
Angie's BoomChickaPop, Banquet, Bertolli, Birds Eye, Blue Bonnet, Celeste Pizza, Chef Boyardee, Duke's, Duncan Hines, Earth Balance, Egg Beaters, EVOL, Fleischmann's, Frontera salsa, Gardein, Gulden's, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt's, Jiffy Pop, La Choy, Log Cabin, Libby's, Marie Callender's, Mrs. Butterworth's, Mrs. Paul's, Orville Redenbacher's, P.F. Chang's Home Menu, PAM, Parkay, Peter Pan, Ranch Style Beans, Reddi-wip, RO*TEL, Rosarita, Slim Jim, Smart Balance, Snack Pack, Swiss Miss, Udi's Gluten Free, Van Camp's, Van De Kamps, Vlasic, Wesson, Wish-Bone, Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast Foods (other Aunt Jemima products owned by PepsiCo), more.
Ferrero Trading 100% sustainableNutella, TicTac, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder, Fannie Mae, Brach's, Butterfinger, Lemonheads, Red Hots, Baby Ruth, 100 Grand, Laffy Taffy, Raisinets, Oh Henry!, Crunch Bar (formerly Nestle Crunch Bar) (Ferrero bought Nestle's candy business in 2018).
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, Blue Buffalo pet food, more.
Hershey Company 100% sustainable
Hershey's, 5th Avenue, Allan Candy, Almond Joy, Breath Savers, Brookside, Bubble Yum, Cadbury (within US), Good & Plenty, Heath, Ice Breakers, Jolly Rancher, Kisses, Kit Kat (within US only; owned by Nestle outside US), Krackel, Milk Duds, Mounds, Mr. Goodbar, Payday, Pelon, Reese's, Rolo, Skor, Symphony, Take5, Twizzlers, Whoppers, York, Zagnut, Zero, Whatchamacallit, more.
Kellogg Company 100% sustainable Corn Flakes, Coco Pops, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, All-Bran, Rice Krispies, Special K, Pop Tarts, Eggo, FiberPlus, Nutri-Grain, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburger, Famous Amos, Keebler, Murray Sugar Free Cookies, Town House, Pringles, Mother's, Carr's, Cheez-It, more.
Kraft Heinz 100% sustainable
A.1., Athenos, Back to Nature Meals, 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, Wyler's, more.
Mars 100% sustainable
Uncle Ben's, Tasty Bite, Seeds of Change, M&M's, Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, 3 Muskateers, Twix, Bounty, Dove, Ethel M. Chocolates, Life Savers, Skittles, Starburst, Altoids, Wrigley's gums (Doublemint, Eclipse, Extra, Freedent, Juicy Fruit, Orbit, Spearmint). Pet care: Banfield Pet Hospital, Bluepearl, Cesar, Dreamies, Eukanuba, Iams, Nutro, Pedigree, Pet Partners, Royal Canin, Sheba, Temptations, Waltham, Whiskas, more.
PepsiCo 100% sustainable
Pepsi, 7UP, Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lay's, Ruffles, Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos, Sun Chips, Sabra, Quaker Oats, Life cereal, Cap'n Crunch, Aunt Jemima, Rice-A-Roni, Grandma's cookies, more.
Unilever 99.5% sustainable
Axe, Caress, Clear, Degree, Dove, Lever 2000, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond's, Q-tips, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, TRESemme, Vaseline, Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Klondike, Magnum, Popsicle, Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, more.
Smucker's, the maker of jams, preserves, and Jif peanut butter, also uses 100% sustainable, traceable palm oil.

★ 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.

Certified Cruelty Free Brands That Use Sustainable Palm Oil

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:

  • Alba Botanica (owned by Hain Celestial)
  • Avalon Organics (owned by Hain Celestial)
  • Dose of Colors
  • Dr. Bronner's
  • Earth's Best (owned by Hain Celestial)
  • Ecover (owned by SC Johnson)
  • Elixery
  • Formulary 55
  • Grandpa Soap Co.
  • Graydon Skincare
  • Herbivore Botanicals
  • Intelligent Nutrients
  • JASON (owned by Hain Celestial)
  • kosmatology
  • Moon Valley Organics
  • Nature Clean
  • One With Nature
  • Sappo Hill
  • South of France
  • Seventh Generation (owned by Unilever)
  • Spinster Sisters
  • The Seaweed Bath Co.
  • Tom's of Maine (owned by Colgate-Palmolive)
  • Vermont Soap

There are likely others, but most companies don't mention either way on their web sites, and many companies don't use palm oil, so there's no need for them to note it (although knowing if the oil they do use is sustainable would be helpful). The preceding companies specifically note their palm oil stance on their web sites or report their palm oil usage to the RSPO.

Last updated: December 2020

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