Friday, 15 January 2010

Reply from Asda to a supporter

Thank you for your message.

Good Morning

Thank you for your response.

As a major retailer we take our corporate responsibilities extremely seriously and always act responsibly in terms of putting matters concerning the environment and animal welfare ahead of company profits.

The major challenge faced by all manufacturers and retailers, and recognised by organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund and Friends of the Earth, is that sustainable palm oil is available only in very small quantities. However, if Orang-utans, Gibbons and other wild animals are under threat it's apparent something needs to be done. It's important that reputable companies which produce sustainable palm oil are encouraged to expand the availability of their product and so promote and protect the diverse environments in which these species live.

We're engaged in discussions with two major organisations - namely Friends of the Earth and the World Wildlife Fund. We hope to assist them over the coming months in identifying the source of this issue and encouraging the development and use of sustainable palm oil.

Thanks again for bringing this serious issue to our attention and I hope we can support any efforts in finding resolutions to this matter before it's too late.

Thanks again for contacting ASDA.

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Kind Regards

ASDA Service Team