Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community


World-renowned conservationist Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace is just one of our Ambassadors for the Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community, a pro-bono project encouraging businesses, workplaces, hospitality and organisations – anyone that serves, sells or deals with food in Dorset – to find out where they source their palm oil from, and make changes to ensure that they only use certified sustainable palm oil.

Using certified sustainable palm reduces deforestation and protects biodiversity including orangutans, pygmy elephants, and other endangered and vulnerable species that inhabit these rich forest ecosystems.  For more information on what sustainable palm oil is, go to our FAQs section.

About 100 globally-renowned conservation organisations including WWF, Conservation International, Jane Goodall Institute and Save the Rhino signed a statement declaring that sustainable palm oil and halting deforestation is the best solution to the palm oil crisis rather than a blanket boycott.  It was also heralded as an innovative solution in BBC Wildlife programme, The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet.

Since Chester Zoo started the Sustainable Palm Oil Communities initiative in 2019, many towns, cities and villages have joined the project including Saltash, Oxford, Plymouth, Newquay, Mochdre and Hull.

How will we become a Sustainable Palm Oil County? 

We need YOU!  We need hospitality businesses, workplaces (even if you just have biscuits in the office), educational institutes, council food outlets, hospitals, visitor attractions /leisure facilities and manufacturers / retailers and more.

To become a champion, click here.

Find out which Dorset businesses have already signed up and pledged to only use sustainable palm oil here.

If you don’t serve, sell or deal with food, but want to support or promote the project, talk to us about becoming an Ambassador.

Check out our FAQs section for more information about what palm oil is, why it is the world’s most widely used vegetable oil, what its impacts are, and the importance of using certified sustainable palm oil plus lots more.

We have lots of reports including one on carbon and palm oil, and another on social impacts for smallholder farmers on our Resources page.

Drop us an email – – to talk with a member of the Efeca team!