Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania and its baker, Little Brownie Bakers, condemn the use of child labor and any exploitation of workers. Our baker is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization striving to develop and enact proper practices to ensure an ethical supply chain. To be very clear, child labor has no place in Girl Scout Cookie production. Girl Scouts’ investment in the development of our world's youth must not be facilitated by the under-development of some.
These complex and hugely important issues require the cooperation of many parties to solve. GSUSA has and continues to work with bakers to increase the transparency, sustainability, and ethical behavior of our production lines and sourcing. If certain suppliers are not following ethical practices, we expect the bakers and RSPO to take action quickly to rectify those exceptions.
We’ve been assured by Little Brownie Bakers that they continue to work closely with RSPO and other organizations to ensure suppliers adhere to ethical business practices and human rights policies.
The world's food supply is intricately tied to the use of palm oil. Palm oil is an ingredient found in the majority of baked snacks sold in the United States. Responsible use of palm oil currently ensures the highest quality products and services as an alternative to trans-fat. Promoting proper manufacturing principles is the most responsible approach currently available until other alternatives can be developed that do not have other unintended, harmful impacts. More information on palm oil and other ingredients in Girl Scout Cookies is available from GSUSA and Little Brownie Bakers.
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