With massive reach and absolutely no attention to where its palm oil is sourced from, PepsiCo is driving breakneck deforestation around the globe to supply the world with chips, cookies, and granola bars.
PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. PepsiCo products such as Cheetos, Doritos, and Lay’s potato chips are sold in over 200 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa. If we can change PepsiCo, it will have a ripple effect on the global palm oil industry.
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When we launched our Snack Food 20 campaign over a year ago, PepsiCo was one of the companies that RAN called on to clean up its palm oil supply chain. In the year since, its peers like Mars, Kellogg’s, Unilever, and General Mills have made new commitments to cut Conflict Palm Oil. Meanwhile, PepsiCo has lagged behind and is now the largest and most influential of the companies yet to adopt a policy to eliminate deforestation and human rights violations from its products.
PepsiCo’s irresponsible practice of allowing large-scale deforestation in pursuit of a few extra pennies has huge impacts. With a whopping 457,200 metric tons of palm oil used every year, PepsiCo is one of the largest consumers of Conflict Palm Oil in the snack food sector. That’s why we at RAN have pushed hard for the company to adopt a global palm oil procurement policy — and we’re not alone.
PepsiCo’s culpability in forest destruction has also made it a target for Showtime’s new series with Harrison Ford, “Years of Living Dangerously.” Last night the show’s deforestation episode showcased the devastation caused by Conflict Palm Oil and other exploitation, helping to bring this issue to millions of viewers. Now the YEARS project is calling on PepsiCo CEO Ms. Indra Nooyi to answer questions about PepsiCo’s role in deforestation.
With this kind of exposure, it’s time for us to raise our voice together and make sure that PepsiCo hears from every one of us. Now is the time, so please add your name here to join RAN, Years of Living Dangerously, and thousands of people around the world demanding change at PepsiCo.
We are on the verge of a tipping point – both within the palm oil sector, and for the planet as a whole. It’s time to take action. Together, we can send the message that PepsiCo must end forest destruction and eliminate Conflict Palm Oil.
A Miami police officer shot and killed a homeless African-American man in front of up to 60 witnesses including children attending summer camp. Police officials said the violent suspect refused to drop a metal pipe he was holding. Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said officers were responding to a report of a violent dispute on Thursday morning. He said several dozen people were in Gibson Park, many of them children, who may have witnessed the events that unfolded. “I understand the anxiety that’s been created across the country from police-citizen interactions, but I would ask that everyone, wait for the facts of the case and not make up your own story,” Llanes told reporters. “We will know what the facts of the case are.” The chief added that the officer involved in the shooting, who is a 20-year veteran of the department, will be reassigned to administrative duties pending the…
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I often get asked by Avaazers, “what happens after I sign a petition?” And the truth is, a HECK of a lot! Every Avaaz campaign springs from a massive global mandate, and then zeroes in on the best way for our voices to win. Here’s just two of our victories from the last few weeks:
Remember when 2 million of us came together to stop the flogging of a 15-year old rape victim in the Maldives? Her sentence has been quashed! Here’s what our team did to win:
Ahmed Shaheed, former Foreign Minister of the Maldives said “The Avaaz contribution was the spearhead of the campaign to overturn the flogging sentence; a petition signed by millions, a country visit, a public opinion survey, and persistent follow-up all proved irresistible.”
Another example: Remember how almost 2 million of us rallied to stop the Maasai tribe in Tanzania from being kicked off their land for a hunting reserve? Last week, the Prime Minister announced they could stay! The petition provided a powerful basis for what the team did next:
The victory belongs to the Maasai people, but our community helped them win by making this a global issue the government could no longer ignore. This hopefully ends a 20 year land battle!!
Of course, our community does a LOT more than petitions. Last week, we raised a $1 million challenge grant in a few days to donor governments to put Syrian refugee kids in school. At a UN meeting, I was able to put a cheque on the table and issue the challenge on behalf of over 40,000 Avaaz donors. UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown, who chaired the meeting, called our community’s effort a “magnificent and impactful intervention” in getting other governments to give!
And often it’s not the Avaaz team but our community that does the direct lobbying. For example in Brazil, we’re inches away from winning a massive fight to end the shady practice of ‘secret voting’ in the Congress. Our huge push helped win the vote in the lower house and right now, Senators’ telephones are ringing off the hook as Avaaz members across Brazil use our online calling tool to directly tell them to stop this corruption — experts say a win is likely in days!
It’s this unique magic mix between a gigantic and spirited community of citizens able to speak out, donate, and lobby, and a small team of top notch advocates able to take smart, strategic actions at the highest level with democratic legitimacy, that makes our campaigns increasingly unstoppable.
If we keep believing in each other, and growing in size and in commitment, there’s no limit to the good we can do in the world. Thank you so much for the honour and the joy to be part of and serve this community. It’s something truly precious we have here — let’s keep building Avaaz.
With love and appreciation,
Ricken and the team
PS — You might not know that Avaaz is different from just about every other global organization in that we are 100% funded and guided by our community. Every campaign we run is first polled and tested to a random sample (you might think of it as a jury) of our community, that tells us exactly how the whole the community will react. I may be the CEO, but you’re my boss. If you don’t like something (and I don’t mean 51% like it, but 81% like it) then our team go back to the drawing board and come up with a better option for you. We have never, ever, broken this rule. So at the end of the day, it is your wisdom, the collective wisdom of our community, matched with the smartest suggestions the team hears from you and come up with ourselves and from our partners and experts, that determines what we do every single day.
When you add to that the fact that 100% of our funding comes from small online donations (we strictly refuse any donations from corporations, governments, foundations, and even individual donations over 5000 Euros), I think Avaaz may be one of the purest organisational expressions of people-powered change in the world today. Make that an organisation served by a beautiful team of wonderfully talented and deeply committed people that I wish I could introduce you all to, and we’ve got a kind of magic that can build the world we dream of.
PPS — If you want to chip in to help keep it all going, click here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/october_reportback_a/?biEWLbb&v=29788
Times are changing for mussels
By Nicki Holmyard
In the past five years, turnover and volume sales of Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group members’ mussels have increased significantly, resulting in a new state-of-the-art production facility.
Thank you for your email and for sharing our concern about the sustainability of the tuna species. As a leading American tuna brand, we are actively working to ensure there is plenty of tuna today, and for generations to come. The long-term sustainability of the world’s fisheries is clearly in everyone’s best interest, especially Chicken of the Sea‘s.
Long before the Greenpeace campaign, in March 2009, three of America’s most popular tuna companies, founded the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). The ISSF is the first organization of its kind – a partnership between the tuna processing industry, the world’s leading fishery scientists and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization. The ISSF now represents nearly 75 percent of the world’s shelf-stable tuna production. Its mission is to undertake science-based initiatives to support the long-term sustainability of tuna stocks, reduction of by-catch and promotion of ecosystem health. The ISSF does this by supporting the conservation recommendations of tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMO) scientific committees. Since its inception, the ISSF and its members have committed to a number of meaningful resolutions and actions supporting this mission.
Most recently, the ISSF and its participants released the “Make the Commitment” global improvement plan which calls for best practices and commitments across purse seine, longline and pole and line fisheries. The commitments were developed in conjunction with the ISSF Stakeholder Committee, a group that includes representatives from various global conservation and scientific bodies. Groups involved include the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Conservation International, New England Aquarium, FishWise and Birdlife International, among others. Involvement in the ISSF Stakeholder Committee does not imply endorsement, but invites stakeholder organizations to participate in the collective review and analysis of research and ISSF program initiatives.
Greenpeace has been invited to join the ISSF Stakeholder Committee and has repeatedly declined. While Greenpeace is talking, the ISSF and its partners are doing the work necessary to preserve the world’s tuna for today and tomorrow.
Additionally, as a leading tuna brand, Chicken of the Sea is committed to protecting dolphins and we are proud to share with you our worldwide policy to save dolphin lives. This policy states that:
- Chicken of the Sea will not purchase any tuna caught in association with dolphins.
- We remain committed to this policy and require certification that all tuna we purchase is dolphin-safe. Our dolphin-safe policy includes Chicken of the Sea tuna, as well as all of our branded and private label products. Chicken of the Sea tuna is labeled with a special “Dolphin-Safe” logo.
Thank you again for reaching out to Chicken of the Sea. As a leader in the seafood industry, we appreciate and share your commitment to sustainability, and we look forward to continued work with all stakeholders on this matter. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to visit http://iss-foundation.org/ for a thorough, fact-based look at tuna sustainability.
Consumer Affairs, Chicken of the Sea Intl