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P&G promises 'deforestation free' palm oil

The Ecologist

9th April 2014

Procter & Gamble has committed to use only 'no deforestation' palm oil by 2020. Greenpeace claims success for its campaign, focused on Head & Shoulders shampoo.

P&G will invest in and work directly with small local farmers, where much of our supply comes from, to improve their production practices.

Procter & Gamble has committed to "no deforestation in its palm oil supply chain" by improving practices with all its suppliers, including small local farmers, to ensure protection of forests.

The move follows a campaign by Greenpeace exposing P&G's purchase of palm oil from recently deforested areas, which was then used in consumer products like Head & Shoulders shampoo.

"P&G's commitment to no deforestation in its palm supply chain is unequivocal. Our aim is to develop effective long-term solutions to the complicated issue of palm oil sustainability", said Len Sauers, P&G Vice President of Global Sustainability.

"We are committed to driving positive change throughout the entire supply chain, not just for us, but for the industry and for the small farmers who depend on this crop"

A big advance from existing commitments

Greenpeace welcomed the new policy. "This is huge news for the future of the rainforests and it shows what we can do together", said campaigner Nick Young.

"When we can make a company as big as P&G change its ways like this it sends a clear signal to the rest of the industry that destroying the rainforests is bad for business."

P&G is already a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and buys only RSPO certified palm oil. However the RSPO standards do not adequately ensure that palm is not grown on deforested areas.

The company's new goals therefore go beyond the minimum level for RSPO certification, "with the objective of developing reliable, effective and lasting sustainable practices by all palm suppliers."

In detail ...

  • P&G's new goals call for ensuring no deforestation in its entire palm supply chain. Specific commitments include:
  • Establish traceability of palm oil and palm kernel oil to supplier mills by December 31, 2015.
  • Ensuring no deforestation in the palm supply chain to plantations by 2020.
  • Working with suppliers, industry peers, NGOs, academic experts and other stakeholders to promote consistent industry standards and practices for sustainable palm oil sourcing.
  • Continuing to support universal human rights and to support the rights of indigenous people.
  • Reporting annually on progress toward achieving these goals.

"P&G will continue to work with each of our suppliers, and we will invest in and work directly with small local farmers, where much of our supply comes from, to improve their production practices"
, added Sauers.

"This is the most complicated aspect of the palm supply chain, where P&G believes we can make a significant and lasting impact."



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