Indonesia is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, in large part due to the destruction of its forests at the hands of the palm oil industry. As well as accelerating climate change, the destruction of Indonesia’s forests and tropical peatlands for palm oil also puts the many endangered species there (including Sumatran tigers, Javan rhinoceroses and orang-utans) at even greater risk of extinction. Unilever, which makes Dove and other products like Persil and Flora, is buying palm oil from suppliers who destroy Indonesia’s rainforests. Unilever is the biggest user of palm oil in the world and chair of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), so it has huge clout in how palm oil is made. Why is this important? Because the RSPO is a group of retailers, manufacturers and suppliers whose aim is create standards for the production of sustainable palm oil. But as things are, it’s little more than a greenwashing operation because card-carrying members of the RSPO continue to be involved in the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests.
Sign the petition to ask Unilever and Dove to stop destroying the rain forest…for soap.