Instead of shunning the use of palm oil, most of the 10 global corporations that control many of the most well-known brands on store shelves — Nestle, Pepsico, Coca Cola, Unilever, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Danone, Mars, Associated British Foods and Mondelez — share a commitment to using certified sustainable palm oil as part of their overall no-deforestation strategies.
Traceability of palm oil to the mill where it was produced and/or plantations is also a common requirement among these major businesses. Some, such as L’Oréal, try to give preference to smallholders (family oil palm farmers).
These details were discussed in a presentation by Wilmar International General Manager for Group Sustainability Perpetua George during the recent International Palm Oil Sustainability Conference. As one of the world’s leading agribusinesses, Wilmar has always strived to be at the forefront of sustainability in the palm oil industry, obtaining its first Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificate in 2008.
“Sustainability can no longer be considered a trend, and it is now a key requirement for palm oil companies to remain competitive and relevant in today’s global marketplace,” said George. “Adopting the new business-as-usual includes maintaining sustainability-related certifications, reporting on traceability, increasing transparency and ensuring supply chain compliance, among others.”