Naughty Nutella

30 March, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ferrero the company that makes Nutella on their FAQs does a bit of written chicanery around whether they use sustainable palm oil. Below is the quote from their site:

Does Ferrero support responsible palm oil use?
Yes. As a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), Ferrero only uses palm oil which is extracted from controlled plantations in Malaysia.

You see here they have said they are members of the RSPO (which plenty of companies are). Being a member only means you say that you support the concept of sustainable palm oil. It requires no commitment from the members in the form of actually using sustainable palm oil. Some members do, some members don’t. This is often referred to as green-washing. They have not stated that they use RSPO certified palm oil and it has been suggested that even when plantations are certified they may not be upholding the best environmental standards.

The phrase ‘controlled plantations’ is vague enough that it sounds like it means something when it actually has no defined meaning.

So my thoughts are ‘naughty Nutella’

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