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Palm Oil and Girl Scout Cookies

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Dear Fellow Girl Scouts:

Over the past week we have received questions and concerns pertaining to a recent news article about Girl Scout Cookies and how they’re manufactured using palm oil. We appreciate your concerns for girls all across the world! GSUSA is committed to ensuring the development and use of sustainable practices that protect human rights. To be very clear, child labor has no place in the production of Girl Scout Cookies. As the world's current food supply is intricately tied to the use of palm oil, we believe promoting sustainable manufacturing principles is the most responsible approach for Girl Scouts. Our baker, ABC Bakers, has worked to ensure that the palm oil used in making Girl Scout cookies is certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and continues to research viable alternatives. To read more from RSPO on their policies surrounding this issue please click here. Read more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program and common practices here. If certain suppliers are not following best practices, we expect our bakers and RSPO to take action swiftly to rectify those exceptions.

Please know that we are monitoring and tracking this story and will continue to keep you updated. In the meantime, please direct any questions to

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Your Cookie Program and Marketing & Communications Teams


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