The State of Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing

by Matt Thorn

on February 14, 2019

Executive Summary


Palm oil is used in many consumer products worldwide, ranging from foodstuffs and cosmetics to biodiesel. It has been estimated that more than 50% of consumer products on grocery store shelves contain palm oil, palm kernel oil, or compounds derived made from those oils. Palm oil is a highly saturated fat, which makes it attractive to food companies for using in place of trans-saturated fats that many consumers seek to avoid. It is also a commonly used cooking or frying oil, with many fast food companies consuming large volumes. Outside of food products, palm oil is used in place of petroleum oil to produce many oil-based chemicals and compounds, and is a common ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products like shampoo and toothpaste.

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