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Mars achieves “deforestation-free” palm oil – what about the rest?

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThomson Reuters Foundation Chocolate maker Mars needs to help more palm oil producers become sustainable rather than ditching those that do not meet its standards, environmentalists said, after the confectionery giant announced it had secured “deforestation-free” supplies. The maker of M&Ms and Snickers said this week it had simplified and reduced the number […]

Brands urged to think bigger on saving forests as 2020 goal looms

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThomson Reuters Foundation Green certification is not a silver bullet to end deforestation, leaving many global household brands struggling to meet pledges to halt forest-clearing linked to the production of palm oil and other ingredients by 2020, said a body grouping those firms. After environmentalists staged a series of high-profile campaigns against large […]

Protected forests to grow under new rules, says palm oil watchdog

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThomson Reuters Foundation Protected forest areas will grow by up to 10 per cent under new rules to stop deforestation, the palm oil industry watchdog – which is working to make the edible oil greener – said on Tuesday. Under pressure to tighten standards, the 4,300-member Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, introduced tougher rules late […]