Skip the deforestation with your fries.
Shop where your dollars support conscientious corporate citizens.
Avoid supporting companies that exploit the planet.
Sounds good, right? How do we know which companies share our values?
The Union of Concerned Scientists has provided a helpful guide.
Their Palm Oil Scorecard rates fast-food restaurants, store brands, packaged foods, and personal care products according to how well the companies selling these products have committed to fight global climate change.
In this case, criteria include commitment to use only palm oil produced without deforestation. Progress from 2014 to 2015 is shown.
Some of the scores may be a surprise. If something we typically buy for our home or our family is available at more than one of the stores listed, and only one of them has made a strong commitment to acting more responsibly toward the climate, why not vote with our dollars by supporting the company that made that commitment? Educated consumers can make better choices.
image credit: Union of Concerned Scientists