To transform the palm oil industry towards 100 % sustainable and inclusive supply chains, companies need to take action. We have developed 8 recommendations for companies who want to be a Palm Oil Frontrunner as a guideline for taking action.
Some producers of consumer products are frontrunner already. Below are stories from companies leading the way!
The Co-operative Group UK has been sourcing 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil for their own-brand products since 2014. Knowing that this was not enough to transform the sector, Co-op has moved beyond certification to scale its impact.
The ALDI SOUTH Group has sourced 100% RSPO certified palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives for their own-brand food and non-food products since 2018. Their sourcing commitment applies to the entire Group on a global level.
David and Jon developed a clean and affordable candle, replacing paraffin-based candles. Although challenging at first, they managed to keep their idea sustainable by using certified sustainable palm oil.
Edsential is a Community Interest Company meaning they use any surplus as a direct reinvestment in the services and to support projects in the schools. In 2019 Edsential became the world’s first certified sustainable palm oil caterer.
How has a company managed to put sustainable sourcing first, having to make extra investments, but still being one of the fastest growing companies?
We know Ferrero from their confectionery goods such as the well-known chocolate-hazelnut spread Nutella. Palm oil is an important ingredient for the company, and during the past decade they have made a large transition in their palm oil sourcing. Now they are a true frontrunner.
In 2015, Henkel set itself the ambitious target to increase the available sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil on the market by a volume equal to their global demand through supporting smallholder farmers. To date, approximately 34,000 oil palm smallholder farmers have been reached.