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UK supermarket's viral orangutan ad slammed by palm oil giant

Orangutan A baby orangutan at an orangutan foundation in Borneo where the expansion of plantations is destroying their habitat Credit Ulet Ifansasti Greenpeace
Cary Marshall | 18 November, 2018, 20:34

"Today, we endorsed a universal, transformative, and integrated agenda, meant to strengthen transparency and inclusivity in the RSPO system, increase implementation of the RSPO standards, boost market uptake of sustainable palm oil through shared responsibilities, and create an enabling environment for our shared vision of market transformation", he said.

The WWF site continues: "This label indicates products in support of the transition to certified palm oil".

Last week, regulators banned Iceland's Christmas ad from TV for being too "political".

With some huge brands still using "dirty" palm oil, there's a long way to go and in the meantime swathes of forest in Indonesia are being cut down every day, posing a huge threat to wildlife. About 85 percent of palm oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia.

As the RSPO meets to renew its sustainability commitments, one major challenge facing the sector is that less than 20 percent of the world's palm oil is now certified as sustainable.

The environmental group suggests palm oil production contributes to the death of 25 orangutans daily. The body has also launched new criteria for its standards to address workers rights, deforestation and issues faced by smallholders, expected to be fully implemented in 2020, he said.

"We approve of sustainable palm oil and applaud the work of the RSPO, but we do not believe that it has gone far enough", Iceland's Walker said.

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"Retailers' margins are very small these days".

The ad has drawn ire from the Malaysian government, which called it unfair and misleading.

"We will not be cowed or stand by idly when advertisements such as the nasty one created by Iceland are allowed to wrongly influence the minds of the people in markets crucial to us", she said.

She added that the facts and scientifically researched data are indisputable - oil palm is at least four to six times more productive per hectare than other edible oils such as rapeseed cultivated in Europe.

The maker of Oreo cookies has become the latest target by Greenpeace in its campaign to stop the destruction of rainforests for palm oil.

The Policy Development and Assessment Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold the Regular Oil Palm Course 2018 from November 19-26 with participants from 11 countries to popularize the country's sustainable palm oil program.

Kok also said Malaysia is a responsible member of the global community in fulfilling the collective duty of addressing climate change and protecting the world's biodiversity for the common future of humankind. In response, Illinois-based Mondelez told Bloomberg News it is actively working with suppliers to ensure palm oil is fully traceable and does not lead to deforestation, and is excluding 12 companies from its supply chain as a result of breaches.

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