Palm Oil and Girl Scout Cookies
Over the past week we have received questions and concerns regarding a recent news article about Girl Scout Cookies and the use of palm oil as part of the manufacturing process. This is a global issue, worthy of attention and we are proud girls are using the skills taught to them through our Girl Scout leadership program to make the world a better place.
The Girl Scout organization is committed to ensuring the development and use of sustainable practices that protect human rights. This includes condemning practices that do not! To be clear, child labor has no place in the production of Girl Scout Cookies.
As a movement, to the extent that we can, we do everything possible to ensure that our cookie bakers are working with reputable, sustainable producers.
The licensed bakers that make our cookies are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) who are striving to develop and follow best practices to ensure an ethical supply chain.
If certain suppliers are not following best practices, we expect our bakers and RSPO to take action swiftly to rectify those exceptions.
Products containing sustainable palm oil are clearly stated and stamped. See the RSPO stamp on each and every box of our Girl Scouts cookies.
We are proud of our Girl Scouts who seek to Take Action against this issue. The choice to boycott Girl Scout cookies will not make a global impact.
However, we believe their efforts would be best served by working to solve the problem from within.
Their voices will have far more power through the education of sister Girl Scouts and the community regarding responsible purchasing choices to help make the world a better place.
Rest assured, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is here to help you find productive ways to Take Action against this global issue, and continue to be Girl Scout strong.
*To read more from RSPO on their policies surrounding this issue please click here. Read more about the Girl
Scout Cookie Program and common practices here. If certain suppliers are not following best
practices, we expect our bakers and RSPO to take action swiftly to
rectify those exceptions.