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A Response from Arnott’s Australia!

So I’ve got some great news guys! I received a letter from Arnott’s! They were the first of my letters to respond in fact, which is great because this was one of the hardest companies for me to give up.
Here’s what they had to say

Hi Tegan

While Arnott’s Australia New Zealand (ANZ) uses only a small amount (less than 0.05%) of the total 40 million metric tonnes of palm oil produced annually, we are committed to playing our part by sourcing sustainable palm oil that avoids deforestation.

Arnott’s ANZ believes the most effective way to do this is to:
1. Reduce overall usage of palm oil
Since August 2010, we have decreased our current palm oil usage by approximately 25 percent by replacing palm oil with alternative oils across a number of products. The Company will remain committed to identifying opportunities to further reduce usage of palm oil on an ongoing basis.

2. Source certified sustainable palm oil
Working closely with its palm oil supplier, who is an active member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Arnott’s ANZ is targeting the use of 100% certified sustainable palm oil, if available, by 2015. We’re getting there by shifting around 20% of our supply each year to certified sustainable palm oil. We currently source from peninsular Malaysia only, from land which has been used to produce palm oil or other agriculture crops for decades.

You may also be interested to learn that Arnott’s commitment to sourcing sustainable ingredients goes beyond palm oil. Recently, we started working with Fairtrade Australia New Zealand to source only Fairtrade-certified cocoa from West Africa. Fairtrade-certified cocoa prohibits the use of the worst forms of child labour and empowers cocoa producing farmers to build a better and brighter future for themselves, their families and communities.

How great is this?! I’m going to write to them again and see if they have a list of the products that are already using sustainable palm oil, and then I’ll post it up on here!
This just goes to show that the consumer can dictate the choices that large companies make! It gives me so much hope! Sure, they aren’t there yet, but at least they taking the steps to get to a more sustainable future! Let’s just hope the palm oil they’re using is actually sustainable (I’m looking at you, Wilmar).