We looked at only a few food service companies – but found the majority making little progress, with half buying no certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) at all.
While it’s a small sample, it seems that, with a couple of major exceptions, the sector is falling behind other brands.
4 food service companies are leading the pack – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts,
Sodexo and Restaurant Brands International.
All 4 scored the maximum of 9 points for the core actions WWF asked of them: joining the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), reporting progress, setting tough targets to buy CSPO – and delivering on those commitments by sourcing close to all of their use of palm oil from CSPO.
The only other food service companies that reported using CSPO are
Cara Operations, Pizza Pizza, Yum! and Whitbread didn’t reply to our request for information. Along with Dunkin’ Brands, they aren’t even members of the RSPO.
Only 4 of the food service companies had set themselves the target of reaching 100% CSPO by 2015 –
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts,
Restaurant Brands International.
McDonald’s managed to cover 95% of its palm oil usage with CSPO, while the other three used 100%.
Overall, it’s disappointing to see so little engagement in sustainable palm oil from the food service sector.