Although our campaign relates primarily to the issue of animal-tested cosmetics and their ingredients, we are mindful that consumers are also rightly concerned about the use of palm oil and derivatives in products.
To that end, we are delighted to recognise two Australian non-profit palm oil free accreditation programmes:
The International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme (POFCAP) – a government approved, international certification trademark programme. At the time of writing it offers the only Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark in the World for palm oil free products and is so far approved to certify in 14 countries with applications pending in many others. POFCAP distribute all profit from this Certification Programme back into their 12 partner organisations working hard to protect rainforests around the world and all they contain.
The Orangutan Alliance - with the aim to promote the reduction of non sustainable palm oil in consumer products through their palm oil free certification programme. Buying certified POF products is a direct investment in the future of our planet and supports endangered species who are affected by deforestation as a result of non sustainable palm oil production. Through their alliance partners, the Orangutan Alliance provides support for reforestation, orangutan rescue and other meaningful projects that counteract the devastation caused by non-sustainable palm oil production.
Each product with these certifications have been thoroughly researched by one/both of the above accreditation processes and has been certified palm oil and palm oil derivative free. Companies that are accredited 'not tested on animals' by Choose Cruelty Free and have had their entire range of products certified palm oil free are denoted on the Choose Cruelty Free List as “POF“.
For all enquiries about palm oil free certification, please contact the International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme and the Orangutan Alliance directly.
A-Z of Alternate Names for Palm Oil and its Derivatives
The following information about palm oil and its derivatives has been kindly provided by Bev Luff of With Compassion & Soul Inc.
To find out the A-Z alternate names for palm oil derivatives, please go here.
Many food products have palm oil listed as ‘vegetable oil’ and in non food products there is hundreds of alternate names for palm oil. If an ingredient in the product you are researching has any one of the following names then it is most likely to be palm oil unless otherwise certified. So on odd occasions these ingredients may also be derived from other sources. If the product you are checking has one of the ingredients below you may want to contact the company to find out its derivation.
For more information please refer to and support the groups listed below:
For information in relation to consuming food containing palm oil visit Heart Foundation Australia