As part of Ferrero, we joined the RSPO in 2005 and in 2015 we became one of the first global companies to source 100% RSPO certified segregated palm oil. Moreover, our responsibility does not stop at certification.
Our commitment on the movement
Palm oil is key to Nutella’s recipe as it ensures its texture and, with its neutral taste, heightens the flavor of other ingredients. We are convinced that the best alternative to palm oil is sustainable palm oil.
Our dedication to lead the way in palm oil industry transformation has been acknowledged by NGOs: the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2020 ranked Ferrero as the company with the most sustainable palm oil out of 173 companies in the industry.
As part of the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard initiative, Ferrero’s case study, which includes our key achievements, challenges and plans for the future on our sustainable palm oil sourcing, is available on the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard website.
"We are convinced that the best alternative to palm oil is sustainable palm oil"Olivier Charrier, Director Nutella Global Presidency
- Ferrero was one of the first companies to join the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2005.
- In 2013 we created the Ferrero Palm Oil Charter, summarized in 4 macro-objectives: no deforestation, respect for biodiversity, smallholder inclusion, respect for workers’ rights. It has fully incorporated the requirements and Verification Indicators of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG).
- Since 2015, 100% of Ferrero’s palm oil is sourced in accordance with the RSPO Segregated supply chain model.
- Moreover, in 2015, we became a member of POIG (Palm Oil Innovation Group) alongside nine NGOs and cutting-edge suppliers and we were chosen to be part of the Organizing Committee as best in class in the “Retailers & Manufacturers” sector to innovate the supply chain. The main objective of POIG is to strengthen RSPO standards and create and promote innovations.
- In 2016, our Charter has incorporated the HCS Approach (High Carbon Stock Approach) and the Free and Fair Labor in Palm Oil Production: Implementation Guidance. Since 2018, thanks to the help of our committed suppliers, we voluntarily publish every six months the list of mills from which we source our palm oil. This information is available on Ferrero’s corporate website.
- In 2020, as stated above, Ferrero was recognized by the WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2020. as the company with the most sustainable palm oil out of 173 companies in the industry.
- From October 2020 we started to use the Starling satellite monitoring and verification service across all our palm oil sourcing areas.
Our plans for the future
Our ambition is to be a force for good, behind a palm oil industry where palm oil production creates value for all: where smallholders and farming communities thrive, with workers in mills, refineries, plantations who have rights that are unequivocally respected, and where environmental values are actively protected and enhanced through sustainable agricultural practices .
Building on our current achievements, we are in the process of renewing our commitments and finalizing our long-term vision including our Palm Oil Plan for 2030, which will be based on the following main objectives:
- Continue to maintain and build on full traceability from factory gate to palm plantations and growers.
- Re-developing our Palm Oil Charter.
- Work together with our suppliers to prevent any unsustainable practices with the aim to endorse and implement the most rigorous requirements of the Palm Oil Charter. We aim to design early warning systems to identify and resolve grievances at an early stage and finally, establish, roll out and maintain a transparent Grievance Mechanism.
- Continue to engage with our direct suppliers to encourage the resolution of any current and future complaints and the adoption by potentially non-compliant suppliers of the steps set out above.
- Continue to support the RSPO and the supply chain partners involved in any complaints to highlight the need for a resolution and to help in overcoming any obstacles to resolving the case.
- Continue to consult civil society experts to advise on Ferrero’s approach and help us to evaluate whether the rate of progress undertaken is enough.
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