Burger King drops Indonesian palm oil supplier

In a statement on its Facebook page, Burger King has announced it has dropped Indonesian palm oil group Sinar Mas as a supplier due to concerns over the environment:

We want to thank all of you who’ve taken the time to share your thoughts on the very important issue of protecting our rainforests. We too share your concerns and, in fact, have maintained a beef rainforest policy for more than 20 years and are currently updating this policy to include all of our products.

 As part of our BK® Positive Steps corporate responsibility program, Burger King Corp. is committed to sourcing our products from sustainable suppliers. After completing a thorough review of the independent verification report conducted by Control Union Certification (CUC) and BSI Group, we believe the report has raised valid concerns about some of the sustainability practices of Sinar Mas’ palm oil production and its impact on the rainforest. These practices are inconsistent with our corporate responsibility commitments. 

 As a result, we have decided we will no longer purchase palm oil from Sinar Mas or its subsidiaries. We are in the process of transitioning to a new palm oil supplier for the 176 BURGER KING® restaurants that were supplied by Sinar Mas. In addition, we are notifying our suppliers of our intent to discontinue the use of palm oil supplied by Sinar Mas in the manufacturing of our products.

The move follows similar announcements by Kraft and Nestle and is a victory for Greenpeace, which has waged a campaign to highlight Sinar Mas’s allegedly unsustainable land clearing practices in sensitive peat forest and suspected orangutan habitat.

It’s also a victory for consumer activists, who lobbied the company to make sure it bought sustainable palm oil. Greenpeace is now demanding similar action from Pizza Hut, Dunkin’ Donuts and KFC.

(Photo courtesy of Jarle Vines via Wiki Commons)

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