Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community

We want Dorset to become the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil County and we need your help…

The Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community is a new project encouraging businesses, restaurants, schools and hospitals 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 enhances biodiversity, in turn protecting orangutans, pygmy elephants, and other endangered and vulnerable species that inhabit these rich forest ecosystems.

You may have seen that sustainable palm oil was recently championed by David Attenborough as an essential solution to protect and restore nature, as part of Prince William’s The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet on BBC1. Since then, 100 globally-renowned conservation organisations including WWF, Conservation International, the Jane Goodall Institute and Save the Rhino have 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.

Since Chester Zoo started the Sustainable Palm Oil Communities initiative in 2019, five other towns, cities and villages have joined the project: Saltash, Oxford, Plymouth, Newquay and Mochdre. Now we need your help to achieve the status of the world’s first sustainable palm oil county.

Although the hospitality industry will play a big role in increasing demand for sustainable palm oil, we aim to get representation from organisations in a variety of sectors across Dorset. Our objective is to recruit 50 Champions, including:

See our Becoming a Champion page to find out how your business or organisation can get involved.  A list of organisations who have signed up to the project so far can be seen here. If you want to get involved, but do not fit into the above categories, we would love to have you on board as an Ambassador!

For more information about palm, its impacts, and the importance of using certified sustainable palm oil, visit our Palm FAQs page.

To learn about the Sustainable Palm Oil Communities project, and access other useful resources, visit our Resources page.

Alternatively, drop us an email at to talk with a member of the Efeca team!