In September 2011, Girl Scouts USA announced a palm oil policy which marked the first change in the organization's 100+ year history ever to have been driven directly by its own members. This was the result of our 5 year campaign, Project ORANGS, which garnered the support of over 140,000 Girl Scout cookie consumers and organizations like the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Rainforest Action Network, and Climate Advisers.
While GSUSA has not yet addressed these requests (and in fact, in the fall of 2013, informed us that they would no longer be willing to communicate with us about their existing policy), we are very excited to announce that Kellogg's has become the first major American company to take a stand on this issue and has committed to transitioning to deforestation-free palm oil supply chains by 2015! We have been in communication with Kellogg's Chief Sustainability Officer since May 2012, and last August we delivered over 115,000 petitions in partnership with SumOfUs urging the company to eliminate it's connection to the destruction of real "Tony the Tiger" rainforest habitat for palm oil plantations. Additionally, Kellogg's has used their influence to help persuade Wilmar, which trades 45% of the world's palm oil, to adopt a deforestation-free palm oil policy. In December, Wilmar adopted such a policy which sends a clear signal to other major palm oil suppliers and traders that now is the time to commit to deforestation-free palm oil supply chains.
In order to encourage GSUSA to adopt a new policy that would remove the GreenPalm logo from their boxes and require both of their bakers to use deforestation-free supply chains, we need your help! Please consider writing a letter or email urging the organization to make a deforestation-free palm oil commitment. Also, stay tuned to our Facebook page and Twitter for other ways to get involved.
As proud Girl Scout members for the last 12 years, we feel that it is our responsibility to ask our organization to live up to the values they teach millions of girls (especially the importance of "making the world a better place") by committing to truly deforestation-free and conflict-free sources of palm oil for Girl Scout cookies.
To learn more about what we define as deforestation-free palm oil, click here.
To learn more about the GreenPalm program and its relation to Girl Scout cookies, click here.