Stop using products that contain palm oil (1516P27)

Status: Active | Zone: Sustainability

Passed: 02/08/2016 | Lapses: 01/07/2018

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • 1.       That palm oil plants are grown on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
    2.       That Borneo and Sumatra are the only two areas where wild orangutans are found.
    3.       That demand for palm oil means that rainforests are destroyed to grow palm oil plants.
    4.       That palm oil plantations are established in areas where wild orangutans live.
    5.       That orangutans cannot co-exist with palm oil plantations.
    6.       That there are only ~41,000 Bornean and ~7,500 Sumatran orangutans left in the wild, making them officially endangered and critically endangered respectively (www.worldwildlife.org).
    7.       That orangutans are genetically closely related to humans, sharing 96.4% of our genes (www.worldwildlife.org).
  • 1.       That orangutans should not become extinct in the wild.
    2.       That palm oil is no better than other vegetable-based oil products.
    3.       That if enough institutions no longer used palm oil, its demand and therefore production would drop, and palm oil plantations would not encroach into rainforest inhabited by dwindling orangutan populations.
    2.       To lobby the University to stop using products containing palm oil.
    3.       To carry out a survey of all products used/sold to ascertain which contain palm oil.
    4.       To ask those suppliers for an alternative.
    5.       Where alternatives are not available, to ask existing suppliers to change to a different oil.
    6.       Where existing suppliers are unable to comply, to establish new suppliers.
  • 1.       The Sustainability Zone Committee to ensure that this policy is being fulfilled and implement an action plan to ensure this.