To read more about our bakers’ positions on palm oil, visit their websites: Little Brownie Bakers or ABC Bakers. Thanks to the encouragement of and partnership with Girl Scout members, GSUSA and our bakers have realized the power of the Girl Scout brand to make a positive difference in the move toward sustainably produced palm oil. What does the RSPO Credits logo on the side of my Girl Scout Cookie package represent? ABC Bakers is a member of the RSPO, an organization of growers, buyers, manufacturers, conservationists, and other interested parties striving to develop and follow best practices to ensure sustainability. The GreenPalm/RSPO logo on Girl Scout Cookie packages baked by ABC Bakers signifies a commitment by our licensed baker to support the production of certified sustainable palm oil.
Since 2012, ABC has been purchasing GreenPalm/RSPO credits to cover the palm oil used in the production of Girl Scout Cookies . Visit the RSPO’s website to learn more about these certificates. What’s the significance of the RSPO logo on the side of my Girl Scout Cookie package? Little Brownie Bakers, one of our licensed bakers, uses an RSPO logo on its cookie packages because it shifted from the GreenPalm certificate system to purchasing fully traceable RSPO certified segregated and mass balance palm oil (the “Mass Balance System”) for all of the cookies it bakes. The Mass Balance certification supports farms that grow palm oil while using sustainable practices, respecting human rights, and preventing deforestation. Little Brownie Bakers is working with the RSPO to not only improve the sustainability of palm oil for Girl Scout products but also for the entire food industry.
Visit the Little Brownie Bakers website or the RSPO website to learn more. Sustainability refers to social, environmental, and economic factors that an organization addresses to provide value not only to consumers but also to the world. GSUSA is proud of the initiatives its licensed bakers report on annually that speak to their corporate sustainability and social responsibility. The Girl Scout commitment to make the world a better place is a tenet GSUSA and its licensed bakers take seriously. Is the cocoa used in Girl Scout Cookies ethically sourced? Our licensed cookie bakers are actively working with their suppliers to ensure that the cocoa used in Girl Scout Cookies is responsibly sourced. Our bakers are required to provide assurance that cocoa sourced for Girl Scout Cookies is child- and slave-labor free. To provide this assurance, our bakers require compliance from their cocoa suppliers through strict supplier codes of conduct. Our bakers are working with cocoa suppliers, farmers, and industry partners to identify risks and support education and training that promotes sustainable and ethical practices. GSUSA understands that, in spite of the best efforts of our manufacturers and the ongoing work by their suppliers, we also have a responsibility to provide leadership on the topic of slave labor and human trafficking. We are committed to using our powerful voice and brand wherever possible to effect change in this area. GSUSA is committed to providing cookie customers with the highest-quality products available. We understand that customers have questions about the foods they choose to eat, and GSUSA works alongside its trusted bakers to develop recipes using ingredients that will produce the best-tasting and highest-quality cookies. Currently, Girl Scout Cookies contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Girl Scouts recognizes that many people have concerns about GMO ingredients, and we monitor member and consumer opinion on this matter while simultaneously addressing industry trends; scientific trends; and, of course, consumer preference. It is important to note that there is worldwide scientific support for the safety of currently commercialized ingredients derived from GMO agricultural crops. The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the American Medical Association all share this assessment. It is also important to note that in the future, GMO ingredients may offer new, cost-effective alternatives to feeding the world’s growing population. Why do my Girl Scout Cookie nutrition labels look different? In May 2016, the FDA announced that the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods would reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases, such as obesity and heart disease. The new label on some Girl Scout Cookie packages will help consumers make better-informed food choices. Should people with diabetes buy or consume Girl Scout Cookies? We encourage consumers concerned about sugar intake to discuss dietary options with a doctor or registered dietitian. For consumer convenience, each of our licensed bakers lists dietary exchanges on the cookie information pages of their websites, so people with diabetes and parents of children with diabetes can make informed choices.
The amount of sugar and carbohydrates is also listed on each cookie package.
Do Girl Scout Cookies contribute to childhood obesity? Girl Scout Cookies are sold for a short time every year and are considered a snack or special treat. As with all treats, they should be enjoyed in moderation.