Indigenous and faith leaders urge Procter & Gamble to end logging of primary forests
Indigenous and faith leaders urge Procter & Gamble to end logging of primary forests
Tuesday November 16, 2021

By Jen Mendoza, Forest Organizer

On October 12th, 2021 – during Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) annual general meeting – Stand.earth, Rainforest Action Network, and the Cincinnati faith community demonstrated outside its headquarters in Cincinnati. We heard Indigenous and frontline communities share their stories about how P&G’s sourcing practices have harmed their lands and livelihoods.

 

 

Our call to action has always been clear: P&G must stop sourcing pulp from intact forests for its Charmin toilet paper and start respecting Indigenous communities' lands and rights.

Over the past three years, we’ve had countless actions in and around Cincinnati, we’ve sent tens of thousands of emails to P&G, and most importantly we’ve kept P&G on its toes. And believe me, keeping a $230 billion corporation on its toes for three years is no easy feat, but hey, that’s what the Stand community does best.

Thanks to our collective push, P&G has been forced to respond in ways that it has never had to before when it comes to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). And the company announced its new grievance policy and a new (but still seriously lacking) wood pulp sourcing policy.

P&G’s new wood pulp sourcing policy could use a little bit of help, so I thought I would edit it for the company.

P&G wood pulp policy fix up

P&G claims to “not permit forest degradation” but it still buys some of its pulp from suppliers logging primary forests (which counts as degrading forests – contrary to its new policy). Despite writing new policies, P&G’s new guidelines lack transparency, accountability, and timebound commitments in key areas. Words on paper are meaningless unless the company is able to ensure that we, as consumers, aren’t impacting some of the world’s most climate-critical forests for everyday household products that can be made with alternatives.

The bottom line?

P&G continues to work with suppliers logging in primary forests and critically threatened species’ habitats. We need decision-makers and government policies to better protect forests from corporate interests. With world leaders promising to end deforestation by 2030, Canadian officials must listen to Indigenous, forest, and faith communities and stop forests in Canada from being turned into toilet paper.

P.S. Read the Washington Post article on our action in October.