Inconsistent showing by Singapore brands on global palm oil ranking | WWF

Inconsistent showing by Singapore brands on global palm oil ranking

Posted on 21 January 2020
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  • Ayam Brand and F&N on par with global brands
  • Five local brands remain non-transparent
SINGAPORE, 21 January 2020 –– The latest palm oil sustainability brand ranking, just released by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), has put Singapore-based Denis Asia Pacific (Ayam Brand) and Fraser and Neave (F&N) on par with top global brands including Kellogg, PepsiCo and Walmart. WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard assesses how brands are addressing the sustainability of their palm oil supply chain.

Unfortunately, five Singapore brands (Breadtalk, Delfi, Khong Guan Biscuit Factory, Old Chang Kee and Tat Hui Foods) did not respond to WWF’s request for transparency. These brands were also named as non-respondents in a previous WWF regional scorecard published in 2017.

“Why do some local brands continue avoiding responsibility on unsustainable palm oil despite the clear link to the transboundary haze and its impact on people in Singapore? Other brands included in our rankings are doing their part by being transparent even though there is still progress to be made. More businesses need to play a role in building a sustainable future for us, starting with their sourcing practices,” says Kim Stengert, Chief of Strategic Communications and External Relations at WWF-Singapore.

Other local brands ranked in WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard are NTUC, Lam Soon and Yeo Hiap Seng. Globally, the Scorecard assessed 173 major retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and food service companies from the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. 

WWF-Singapore supports businesses in the shift to sustainable sourcing practices by building knowledge and capacity. In Singapore and the region, businesses can join SASPO (Support Asia for Sustainable Palm Oil), a voluntary and industry-led platform championing and working for sustainable palm oil in business supply chains.
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