Food Industry Giants Use Illegal Palm Oil

During Sveriges Natur’s investigation into how Swedish-Danish company AAK buys palm oil whose cultivation is destroying nature reserves in Indonesia, it came to light that other companies also buy this same illegal oil. In fact, international consumer goods giants such as Mondelēz International, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive have dealings with the same suppliers.

Illegal Palm Oil’s Route to Sweden

On site inside an Indonesian rain forest, Sveriges Natur uncovers clear evidence: Sweden’s largest producer of plant-based oils and fats for use in consumer goods, AAK, is concealing business dealings that threaten both the forest and its wildlife. AAK buys palm oil from at least 20 mills that source their fruit from illegal plantations located inside a protected nature reserve.