World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Global retailer Delhaize commits to No Deforestation

Brussels, 17 February 2014 – Belgium-based international retailer Delhaize Group has become the first supermarket chain in the world to commit to a No Deforestation Policy with full traceability. The move follows public pressure in Belgium and just three days after Greenpeace launched a global campaign demanding an end to forest destruction for palm oil.

“This is a win for consumers in Belgium and around the world demanding products free from forest destruction. Delhaize joins a growing list of companies, such as L’Oréal, Ferrero and Unilever that are listening to the movement demanding forest-friendly products. Greenpeace demands other companies such as P&G and Colgate Palmolive follow their lead,” said Areeba Hamid, forest campaigner at Greenpeace International.

Delhaize cannot currently guarantee that its products are free from forest destruction, which is pushing Sumatran tigers, numbering as few as 400 in the wild, to the brink of extinction. But in a first for any supermarket chain in the world, the company has committed to ensuring its suppliers use 100% traceable palm oil by the end of 2015, and deforestation-free palm oil for 80% of its products by 2018.

The 2018 timeline for removing deforestation from the majority of its products is a more ambitious milestone than those of companies like L’Oréal and Unilever.
“Delhaize’s policy recognises that action must be taken before 2020 and that the RSPO certification scheme cannot sufficiently break the link between palm oil and forest destruction. The global movement demanding forest-friendly palm oil will expect other companies to rise to the challenge and commit to No Deforestation,” said Jonas Hulsens, campaigner at Greenpeace Belgium.

Greenpeace Belgium engaged Delhaize in October 2013 and mobilised 25,000 people to send emails to the company demanding it uses forest-friendly palm oil.

Delhaize Group is an international food retailer with more than 3,000 outlets in 10 countries. Among Delhaize’s supermarket chains are Delhaize (Belgium and Luxembourg), Food Lion, Hannaford’s and Harvey’s (USA) and Super Indo (Indonesia).

The announcement represents an industry in transformation. Today’s announcement from Delhaize follows a commitment from US-based food manufacturer Kellogg, which if implemented would remove deforestation from its supply chains, with traceability down to plantation level by the end of 2015. Wilmar International, the world’s biggest palm oil trader, committed to forest protection in December 2013, while brands like L’Oréal, Unilever, Ferrero and Nestlé have also made commitments to No Deforestation.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO:

Amnesty: Campaign Mass Hangings And Extermination At Syrian Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More>>

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>

Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news