Trick Not A Treat! Nestlé, Mars, Mondelēz, and Hershey’s Are Hiding Rainforest Destruction In Halloween Candy: Urge Them To Stop!

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Reports show active deforestation for palm oil plantations which are connected to the biggest candy makers in the world, despite company promises to clean up their supply chains.

This Halloween, millions of pounds of candy will be purchased for trick-or-treaters coming to the door, but most people don’t know that on-going rainforest destruction lurks inside the snack-sized confections.

Field reports as well as drone satellite footage reveal that rainforests in the Leuser Ecosystem of North Sumatra, Indonesia, continue to be bulldozed for palm oil plantation expansion. This, despite the rainforests being critical for the global climate as well as for key endangered species like the Sumatran orangutan, tiger, and elephant.

Palm oil, the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, is a popular ingredient in candies and chocolate. One of the palm oil plantations still clearing forests, supplies four of the biggest candy makers in the world –– Nestlé, Mars, Mondelēz, and Hershey’s –– despite all companies having company commitments against deforestation in their supply chains.

“This is sadly just the latest case of broken promises by these candy companies, in what is now a many years-long struggle to get these companies to take their own commitments seriously,” Chelsea Matthews with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) said in an email statement that was sent to WAN.

RAN has been sounding the alarm on one of the controversial palm oil growers, PT Surya Panen Subur II (PT SPS II), since May 2018, when the nonprofit organization released a report exposing the links between major brands and the palm oil grower that has single-handedly destroyed thousands of hectares of an area once known as the “Orangutan Capital of the World” –– Tripa peatland in the Leuser Ecosystem.

Since then, the Government of Indonesia has deployed investigators to the field who have confirmed that the company has destroyed forests high in conservation value and peatlands, actions which are both illegal in Indonesia, and has imposed sanctions.

However, Nestlé, Mars, Mondelēz, and Hershey’s have failed to publicly respond to the new evidence or provide assurances that their Halloween candies do not contain palm oil produced by PT SPS II, at the expense of rainforests.

While Halloween 2018 is here, help demand that the candy children fill their baskets with no longer contains Palm Oil HERE!

#PalmsOffPalmOil

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