My company was looking for snacks for employees that were environmentally ethical (based on my constant prodding and pressure. Yes they’re sick of me!). I saw the palm oil used in some of our previous snacks and put up my usual stink. They asked for alternatives. So I looked into Clif Bars. So I wrote them. Here’s their response:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
We are committed to sourcing sustainable palm oil.
• We have worked with our palm oil suppliers to understand their commitment to positive environmental and community practices.
• We use U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic palm oil in many of our bars, which ensures a strong ecological approach to palm oil production. Currently, 100 percent of our organic supply is Rainforest Alliance certified.
• Our organic supplier of palm oil was recently granted 100 percent Rainforest Alliance certification.
We are currently working with our suppliers to identify where we can increase the percentage of organic and/or Rainforest Alliance certified palm oil.
We’re actively doing our part to protect the planet, the people and wildlife that inhabit it. We continue to learn more in our journey toward sustainability and we thank you for joining us on that journey.
We sincerely want to do our part to protect the planet and the people and wildlife that inhabit it. We continue to learn more and more as our journey toward sustainability continues and we thank you for joining us on the journey.
Consumer Service Representative
Ref #: 000509334A
While the cynical side of me sees various loopholes here, such as “what about the non-organic palm oil” they may use? Where does that come from? Is IT sustainable?!
But credit this company. It sure as hell means more than merely being a member of the RSPO or “we purchase Green Palm Certificates”, doesn’t it?
So enjoy those Clif bars. But verify!