Mars goes postal on ‘good’ palm oil, but greens aren’t having a ...

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Mars goes postal on ‘good’ palm oil, but greens aren’t having a bar of it

The firm has achieved ‘deforestation-free’, but critics say a wider push is needed to get everyone in line

Michael Taylor

Chocolate maker Mars needs to help more palm oil producers become sustainable rather than ditching those that do not meet its standards, environmentalists said, after the confectionery giant announced it had secured “deforestation-free” supplies.

The maker of M&Ms and Snickers said this week it had simplified and reduced the number of suppliers it buys from, ensuring the palm oil in its products does not harm forests.

It will slash the number of palm oil mills in its supply chain from 1,500 to fewer than 100 by 2021, it said, with the aim of halving it again in 2022...

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