If you've been keeping an eye on the blog or the nationalnewsmedia you'd know that Greenpeace activists delivered a spectacular message to Procter & Gamble on Tuesday. Unfortunately, some of the coverage has focused a little too heavily on the spectacle. We here at Greenpeace USA want to focus on the message.
The fact is, it would have been a lot easier for everybody if Procter & Gamble decided to come clean, instead of trying to quietly greenwash its sourcing of palm oil linked to deforestation. It's not like switching to sustainable palm oil is unprecendented: large mulit-national companies like L'Oreal, Unilver, and Nestle have already left P&G in the dust.
Over the course of the last year, Greenpeace has tried to confront P&G about its forest destruction. While P&G executives disingenuously boast of their "commitments," to sustainable palm oil, they continue doing business with dirty producers. We at Greenpeace are just tired of their delays and false assurances.
Procter & Gamble seems to have no problems with going into somebody's home and doing whatever they want to it. Just ask countless Indonesian communities, as well as Sumatran tigers, orangutans, and pygmy elephants.