The palm oil industry is causing mass destruction of Asian, African and Latin American landscapes, creating a significant threat to the environment, by polluting the atmosphere with huge carbon and methane emissions and by clearing habitats and endangering a number of species. Not only this, but there are several links to chocolate companies which use palm oil in their products and have issues with child labour and modern slavery.
There are currently well over 20 products in the SU which have palm oil in them and are the products of companies which use child labour, and we don’t really believe that as students we should be contributing to this problem. By taking these products out of the SU we believe that less students will consume palm oil, which makes us as a university more environmentally aware and therefore improving our carbon footprints collectively.
The products we wish for the SU to mainly take out of the shops are anything with palm oil, including but not limited to: Nestle, Mars, Warburtons, Cadbury's Dairy Milk, Galaxy, Maltesers, Haribo’s, and Mcvitie’s Digestives.
We understand that taking away these products is frustrating considering they are staple British foods, however, we think it's better to replace these chocolates with fair trade, non-palm oil foods such as Lindt chocolate, Green & Blacks, Burton’s Biscuits, Divine chocolate, and more.