Some doughnuts are delicious but destructive.
Major companies like Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons, and Dunkin’ Donuts are frying their doughnuts in palm oil, a commodity that is frequently grown by cutting down rainforests.
That deforestation is destroying the habitat of endangered animals like Sumatran tigers and orangutans. Then, to make way for plantations, palm oil companies force indigenous people off their land, and use migrant slave and child labor to toil in the plantations.
By adopting a “no questions asked” approach to palm oil sourcing, the world’s biggest doughnut companies are getting their raw materials from some of the least responsible companies in the world – like Cargill, IOI Loders Croklaan, and Bunge – who sell palm oil sourced from deforestation. Other food sectors have made enormous progress in making products in ways that don’t contribute to deforestation, but the doughnut sector is lagging far behind.
Today Forest Heroes and SumOfUs.org are releasing a report that shows just how bad the doughnut industry is for the Sumatran tigers, orangutans, and forest peoples — and what can be done about it.
Doughnut companies can easily do better. More than half of all palm oil produced today is now covered by “Deforestation-free, Peat-free, and Exploitation-free” policies. To get companies like Krispy Kreme to commit to purchasing responsible palm oil, they need to hear from their customers.
Sign our petition to Krispy Kreme, telling the company that we don’t want to have to choose between their delicious donuts and rainforest destruction.