Did you know unsustainable palm oil impacts Great Apes, including chimpanzees?

During the past 20 years global palm oil consumption has greatly increased. This surge in demand has driven the large-scale conversion of primary rainforest to monoculture oil palm plantations in south east Asia and, more recently, parts of central Africa. As a result, many environmental and social issues have arisen, including endangering native flora and fauna, displacing local peoples and increasing carbon emissions. Due to this surge Bornean Orangutans have now joined their Sumatran cousins on the IUCN’s critically endangered list.

In 2016 the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand has joined together with many of our fellow NGO’s as a signatory of the Responsible Palm Oil Network. Our network is helping to break the link between palm oil production and deforestation, climate pollution and human rights abuses through educating and empowering consumers, and those involved in the supply chain, to take actions that support the transition towards a truly responsible palm oil industry.

Our vision is that 100% of all products in New Zealand and Australia are deforestation free. Using palm oil as a flagship crop we aim to halt and reverse deforestation globally, and encourage the restoration of forest cover at least to the levels seen in 2010, and protect the world’s last intact rainforests. Our full Joint Position Statement offers further information on our position including our support for responsible labelling.

Palm Kernel Expeller (PKE) in New Zealand

PKE is a by-product of the palm oil industry. New Zealand is the largest user of PKE, importing 10,700 tonnes each year as a supplement to boost milk production in dairy cows. The use of this product by the dairy industry in New Zealand has a significant impact on deforestation.

Campaign objectives

  • Raise public awareness about palm oil and the connections between consumer choices and deforestation.
  • Promote the use of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) with grocery manufacturers, government agencies and the New Zealand community.

Conservation in Action

The Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand has a vision to transform the entire palm oil market into one where Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is the norm.

JGI NZ supports the initiative taken by those companies that have committed to employing sustainable practices and that strive for continuous improvement, and urge all other organisations within the entire palm oil supply chain to do the same. It is our hope that consumers will too embrace the ideal of a sustainable palm oil industry, and will use their influence as a buyer to persuade retailers to commit to sourcing only CSPO for their products.

Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand also supports the initiatives taken by governments, independent NGOs and concerned members of the public to incite positive change within the palm oil industry through policy change, public engagement and education. JGI NZ believes that supporting the efforts of both the industry-based RSPO and the non-affiliated organisations/individuals is the most effective way to promote positive changes within the palm oil industry.

Ask For Choice

An Australasian campaign aims to bring about the mandatory labelling of palm oil on consumer goods. Thus bring our labelling legislation up to the same standard as the European Union, Canada and the United States. By having palm oil specifically identifed on prodcut labels consumers would be able to demand the use of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

Update on Mandatory Labelling

On the November 25th 2016 Ministers from each federal, state and territorial Government of Australia and New Zealand took a vote on mandatory labelling of palm oil. Coming from this the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has agreed to progress devlopment of a policy for clear labeling of products containing palm oil but they chose not to initiate the formal policy process as hoped. They have ask for further reserch into how all vegetable oils impact human health to be undertaken before making a final decision.

Seven years on from the start of the campaign and the progress is slow and yet the detruction of habitats and animals lives continues unabated.

To find out more about this campaign visit the Unmask Palm Oil webpage.

Unmask Palm Oil

Take Action

In Australasia the biggest impact we can make on the reduction of habitat destruction through the production of unsustanable palm oil production is halting our consumption.

Download the Palm Oil Poster

Shop smart!

Palm oil is present in up to 50% of products on our supermarket shelves, yet there is no requirement for the explicit labelling of palm oil. You can support sustainable palm oil use by using the Palm Oil Investigations App and supporting companies and manufacturers committed to CSPO (Certified Sustainable Palm Oil). Read labels and learn about the different ways that palm oil and its derivatives can be listed on packaging labels.

Some of the ways Palm Oil can be listed include:

  • Palm oil kernel
  • Palmitate or Palmate
  • Elaeis gunieensis 
  • Hydrated Palm Gylcerides Hexadecanoic
  • Palmitic Acid
  • Vegetable oil (saturated fats are often palm oil)
  • Anything containing stearate or stearyl
  • Anything containing acetyl or cetearyl
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate
  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate 
(SDS or NaDS)
  • Sodium 
Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate Steareth -2
  • Steareth-20 Emulsifier 422, 430-36, 465-67, 470-8, 481-483

Habitat Protection - In Your Home

Palm oil is present in up to 50% of products on our supermarket shelves, yet there is no requirement for the explicit labelling of palm oil. You can support sustainable palm oil use by using the Palm Oil Investigations App and support companies and manufacturers committed to CSPO. Read labels and learn about the different ways that palm oil and its derivatives can be listed on packaging labels.

Habitat Protection - At Your School

Spread the word! Create an informative Palm Oil Poster to inform others about the issue.

Talk to friends, family and community members about CSPO. Many people are not aware of the detrimental effects the palm oil industry has on people and the environment.

Start a palm oil and wrapper free school lunch box day at your school.

Habitat Protection - In Your Community

Campaign for CSPO labelling! Write to manufacturers asking them to explicitly label palm oil and use CSPO. We can drive this change so that all consumers can make informed decisions on their purchases. Many companies have committed to sourcing sustainably produced palm oil, with deadlines in place for this to occur. Write to companies that produce your favourite products and ask them about their commitment to sustainable palm oil. If they haven't made a commitment, ask them why and advise them that you will favour companies that are ethical in their acquisition of palm oil.

Join our #Labelme campaign and post a photo of the hashtag on your palm to social media. To put your name down to support palm oil labelling click here.

This powerful film narrated by Dr. Jane Goodall, “Stop the Burning” incorporates the voices of 30 global leaders during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland who shared their thoughts about the importance of saving our forest. 

For further information about palm oil, or supporting the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand's efforts to raise awareness about the issues caused by the palm oil industry please contact us.

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