Unilever pushes for sustainability
By the end of 2015, all palm oil purchased by Unilever Australia and New Zealand for locally produced food products will come from RSPO segregated sources, as the company pushes to see the entire industry to move to 100 per cent sustainable palm oil by 2020.
From Q1 2015, Unilever’s local food factories will begin using traceable and certified (RSPO segregated) palm oil, with the transition expected to be complete by the end of 2015.
The move comes three years after Unilever ANZ announced that all of its local palm oil use was covered through Green Palm certificates.
Clive Stiff, chairman and CEO of Unilever ANZ, said the move to RSPO segregated palm oil for its locally produced foods products is an important step on the company’s journey towards achieving full traceability and sustainability across our supply chain.
“While we know there is still more to do, I’m delighted we have made significant progress on our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan targets and remain at the forefront of businesses working to ensure the long term sustainability of the palm oil industry,” Stiff sid.
“This is about doing the right thing for our planet, our consumers and for the future of our business.”
Unilever has also published its Sustainable Palm Oil Progress Report, highlighting steps forward in the global traceability of palm oil from known sources.
Unilever now has visibility of around 1800 crude palm oil mills, representing around two thirds of all mills in the global palm oil industry.
In addition, 58 per cent of the palm oil reported in Unilever’s supply chain globally is traceable to known sources.
Launched in 2010, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commits the company to reduce its environmental impact and source 100 per cent of agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020.