PepsiCo uses the honest-looking “Quaker man" image to sell breakfast cereals and snacks around the world. But some Quaker products contain palm oil, and the company's safeguards are simply not good enough to ensure that the palm oil it buys isn't contributing to deforestation and human rights abuses.
Quaker is the world's oldest cereal brand, and one of PepsiCo's prized possessions. Quaker products are marketed particularly to families and conscientious consumers, competing with Kellogg's and other brands which have adopted responsible palm oil commitments.
If people knew the truth about Quaker and PepsiCo's patchy palm oil commitment, they might choose a different brand to enjoy.
Tell PepsiCo to adopt a responsible palm oil policy that the “Quaker man" would be proud of.
Each year, PepsiCo buys 427,500 tonnes of palm oil and uses it in everything from Doritos chips to Quaker snacks like “Quaker Chewy Granola Bars". PepsiCo published a palm oil commitment last year, in response to our collective pressure with groups like Rainforest Action Network and the Union of Concerned Scientists. But the commitment contained gaping holes, so we've continued our campaign.
PepsiCo is a $77 billion company, and could be a powerful ally in the struggle to stop deforestation and human rights abuses. Rainforests across Southeast Asia are being destroyed every day to make way for massive palm oil plantations, where workers, even children, are trapped in modern slavery to cultivate the vegetable oil.
The pressure we created with our petitions, ads, viral videos and actions has had an effect on PepsiCo executives. By now spreading the word about Quaker and palm oil, we can use PepsiCo's good guy brand to help turn the snackfood giant into one of the good guys that only sources truly responsible palm oil.
Tell PepsiCo to adopt a responsible palm oil policy.