It’s Smucker’s Turn to Feel the Pressure

Written by Jess Serrante

Topics: Action, Agribusiness, Forests

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The Snack Food 20 are really feeling the pressure!

You all have sent almost 20,000 messages to the Snack Food 20 demanding that they cut “Conflict Palm Oil” tied to rainforest destruction, orangutan extinction, and human rights violations from their products. We are well on the way to reaching our goal of getting 60,600 people to stand with the 60,600 orangutans left in the wild forests of Borneo and Sumatra. (If you haven’t yet, take action now!)

This morning, I accompanied Strawberry, an orphaned orangutan from Indonesia, on her visit to the J.M Smucker Company in Cleveland, OH—and we need you to echo our demands to the company. Let’s make a call for change so loud that Smucker’s can’t ignore it!

Here are three things you can do right now to echo our demands to Smucker’s:

1. Call Smucker’s at (330) 682-3000. Here’s a call script you can use:

“Hi, my name is [your name] from [your city]. I’m a [student, mom..] and one of your valued customers! It concerns me that your company cannot guarantee that it is not using Conflict Palm Oil in its products. Smucker’s must demand responsible palm oil from its suppliers and eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from its products. I encourage you to secure a new global responsible palm oil procurement policy and implementation plan that ensures that the palm oil in your company’s supply chain is fully traceable, legally grown, and sourced from verified responsible palm oil producers not associated with deforestation, expansion onto carbon-rich peatlands or human and labor rights violations. Thank You!”

2. Post this message on Smucker’s Facebook wall:

Hey Smucker’s, I’m standing with orangutans, and I can’t stand by brands that use Conflict Palm Oil. Demand responsible palm oil from your suppliers and eliminate conflict palm oil from your products. The power is #InYourPalm.

3. Tweet at Smucker’s:

@Smuckers I can’t stand by brands that use conflict #palmoil. The power is #InYourPalm.

At the Smucker’s HQ, Strawberry and her friends from the Ohio Palm Oil Action Team gave representatives of The J.M. Smucker Company a copy of the RAN report Conflict Palm Oil: How US Snack Food Brands are Contributing to Orangutan Extinction, Climate Change and Human Rights Violations and outlined RAN’s demand to cut Conflict Palm Oil.

Rainforest Action Network at Smucker's HQ

Can you call Smucker’s now to add your voice to our demands?

Today’s visit to Smucker’s is the latest company stop on The Power Is In Your Palm Tour. In the past two weeks, Strawberry and our team have visited the headquarters of Kellogg’s, Mondelēz International and Kraft Foods Group to deliver the report and a similar set of demands.

The Snack Food 20 is feeling the pressure. Let’s keep it up.

10 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Nancy McIntyre says:

    We need rain forests! not more palm oil!!

  2. Kathy Papineau says:

    Please do the right thing, stop using palm oil and be a company that people can feel good buying products from! PS Perhaps, you could even challenge other companies to do the same? Thanks Kathy

  3. Dr. Marc Milne says:

    Why use palm oil? Why not use a more environmentally friendly, equal cost product that serves the same purpose? The bottom line is not the only line. In today’s world, corporations need to be responsible both to their shareholders and to the public desires. In this case the latter responsibility means having a healthy respect for the environment.

    One of two outcomes shall now occur. Either Smuckers will change their tone and stop using palm oil in their products or we’ll make them understand this.

  4. Diane Heath says:

    Hey Smucker’s, I’m standing with orangutans, and I can’t stand by brands that use Conflict Palm Oil. Demand responsible palm oil from your suppliers and eliminate conflict palm oil from your products. The power is #InYourPalm.

  5. Darlene Sarver says:

    Hey Smucker’s, I’m standing with orangutans, and I can’t stand by brands that use Conflict Palm Oil. Demand responsible palm oil from your suppliers and eliminate conflict palm oil from your products. The power is #InYourPalm.

  6. Pam Kistler says:

    Please stop the use of palm oil! I’m sure there is something else you can use. The use of this is destructive to the rainforests and the animals that live in them! Jelly or air?!!!

  7. karen Mayer says:

    I have travelled extensively in Indonesia and Malaysia, and I have seen first-hand the desolation wrought by the palm oil plantations. It is leading to the extinction of countless animals and the elimination of priceless old-growth forest. There is no excuse for using palm oil in anything.

  8. Lois L says:

    Thanks! The more info about USA products the better.

  9. Barbara Bacon says:

    do not use palm oil in your products. it’s not necessary and is creating an environmental and wildlife disaster. will not be buying your products until you get the palm oil out. and yes, I do read labels.

  10. Dr Stephen Wyatt says:

    Dear Smucker’s,

    Everybody likes your products but they don’t like your use of Conflict Palm Oil. Please ask yourselves – how important is it to source this product in this way? You’re going to lose a lot of customers if you don’t find the right answer.

    Regards,
    Dr Stephen Wyatt

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