Mondelēz International, the company responsible for Cadbury, has destroyed over 25,000 hectares of Orangutan habitat in Indonesia, according to a new report by Greenpeace.
Also responsible for Cadbury Roses and Oreo, the company is one of the biggest buyers of palm oil.
An investigation led by Greenpeace found that, between 2015 and 2017, 22 of Mondelēz’s palm oil suppliers cleared 70,000 hectares of rainforest.
This deforestation is having devastating effects on the orangutan population, with an estimated 1,000 to 5,000 orangutans killed every year in palm oil concessions.
Palm oil suppliers to Mondelēz have also been accused of child labour, exploitation of workers, land grabbing, forest fires and illegal deforestation.
Kiki Taufik, head of Greenpeace Southeast Asia's Indonesia forests campaign, said: “It’s outrageous that despite promising to clean up its palm oil almost ten years ago, Mondelez is still trading with forest destroyers.
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“Palm oil can be made without destroying forests, yet our investigation discovered that Mondelēz suppliers are still trashing forests and wrecking orangutan habitat, pushing these beautiful and intelligent creatures to the brink of extinction. They’re literally dying for a biscuit.”
Mondelēz announced on Monday (November 12) that it is committing to 100 per cent sustainability and transparency across the palm oil industry.
Jonathan Horrell, Global Director of Sustainability at Mondelēz International, said: “Mondelēz International remains fully committed to driving change in the palm oil sector and today’s actions against 12 upstream suppliers reflect that commitment.”
Cadbury was founded by John Cadbury in Birmingham in 1824 and has been wholly owned by Mondelēz International for the last ten years.
The news comes less than a week after Iceland launched its banned TV advert on social media to raise awareness of the impact that palm oil has on the rainforests.
A petition launched last week to revoke the ban has been signed by almost 900,000 people after the advert received an enormous amount of support on social media.
Earlier this year, Iceland committed to remove palm oil from all its own label food by the end of 2018 and hoped to use a short film called Rang-tan, originally created by Greenpeace, as it’s Christmas advert.
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The advert, Rang-tan, tells the story of rainforest destruction caused by palm oil production, and its devastating impact on the critically endangered orangutan.
It was hoped that the advert would improve shoppers’ understanding of the widespread rainforest destruction for palm oil production, which appears in more than 50% of all supermarket products.
Chris Mundy, managing director of Clearcast defended the decision to block the ad from screens saying it was a “matter of broadcasting law” and cited Greenpeace’s involvement as the barrier to broadcast for Iceland, rather than the content of the ad itself.
Clearcast, the body which approves or rejects adverts for broadcast on television and video on demand, said it was "concerned" that the commercial "doesn't comply" with legislation on political advertising.
It added that Greenpeace had "not yet been able to demonstrate compliance in this area".
Richard Walker, Managing Director at Iceland said: “Throughout 2018 we have led the retail industry to take action in areas such as rainforest destruction for palm oil and plastic pollution of our oceans.
“This year we were keen to do something different with our much anticipated Christmas advert.
“The culmination of our palm oil project is offering our customers the choice of an orangutan friendly Christmas, and we wanted to reflect this in our advertising.
“Our commitment to help protect the home of orangutans remains extremely close to our hearts.
“We are proud to be encouraging consumers to make more sustainable choices, even without the support of TV advertising, ahead of the Christmas shopping season.”