Sustainable Palm Oil: Cargill, Unilever Team Up

September 1, 2010

In July, Cargill (Schiedam, Netherlands) announced a supply deal to provide Unilever’s European operations with 10,000 metric tons of sustainable palm oil certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

In July, Cargill (Schiedam, Netherlands) announced a supply deal to provide Unilever’s European operations with 10,000 metric tons of sustainable palm oil certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

“Unilever is ahead of plan to achieving 100% sustainable palm oil by 2015, with over 35% already being RSPO-certified this year,” said Unilever’s chief procurement officer Marc Engel.

The push for a sustainable palm oil industry has arisen due to criticism over palm oil production’s effects on deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.

Other cosmetic ingredient suppliers and manufacturers are also trying to adopt sustainable practices. Earlier this year, Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany) announced its membership in RSPO. In August, The Stephenson Group (West Yorkshire, UK) said that it had become the first soap manufacturer to use RSPO-certified palm oil in its soap bases.