Loro Parque has expressed its satisfaction with the news of the readmission of Nestlé to the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), after the company committed to comply with its regulations to achieve 100 per cent sustainable and certified palm oil by 2023. This step towards environmental conservation underscores the important role zoos like Loro Parque play in promoting a more sustainable world that respects nature and wildlife.
Following this news, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has announced that it will continue to promote Nestlé, among the 700 million users who visit their members each year, as a brand committed to sustainability. In addition, they reiterated the importance for the Association and all the zoos and aquariums attached to it, of Nestlé working towards achieving 100 per cent sustainable and certified palm oil in all its products.
This commitment will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the environment, as the RSPO ensures that the plantations are managed and certified to ensure that they do not affect biodiversity, and that the production of palm oil – which, as far as consumer health is concerned, is like any other saturated oil – does not harm species that are in a serious state of vulnerability, such as Indonesian orangutans or elephants, by the transformation of their forest habitats into plantations.
Even if consumers are aware of the problem, without information they cannot choose to avoid products containing unsustainable palm oil. This is why, Loro Parque, through the Loro Parque Foundation and as part of its educational work, has been raising awareness of the effects of its use for years, and their support for this request from WAZA represents a further step in its deep commitment to the protection of biodiversity and species such as elephants and orangutans, which are in danger of extinction.