Procter & Gamble Co. palm oil score: Worse than Nestle' better than Wendy's

Union of Concerned Scientists rates companies

Procter & Gamble Co. ranks in the bottom half of personal care companies in its commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil, according to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

The Cambridge, Mass.–based nonprofit, which conducts research on environmental and social issues, published a Palm Oil Scorecard Mar. 5. It ranked 30 companies on their policies for sourcing the widely-used vegetable oil in ways that do not contribute to deforestation.

The group ranked the 10 largest companies in three categories: packaged goods, personal care and fast food. P&G is ranked as having “little commitment” to deforestation-free palm oil, with scores similar to Colgate-Palmolive, Kao Corp. and Avon.

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