Most of the consumer goods companies assessed are food manufacturers, but we also looked at manufacturers of other products containing palm oil, like cosmetics and detergents.
While the majority have taken the first steps of joining the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and starting to buy certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), some have progressed much further than others.
Lindt & Sprüngli,
Young’s all scored the maximum of nine points for the core actions we asked of them: joining the RSPO, reporting progress, setting tough targets to buy CSPO – and delivering on those commitments.
From these results, it seems that taking the first steps is relatively easy for consumer goods manufacturers. Switching to only using physical sources of RSPO certified palm oil is a harder task.
Arnott's, Danone and Ferrero deserve particular credit for reaching 100% CSPO through a fully segregated supply chain.
Of the 77 manufacturers surveyed 7 have not taken even the first and simplest step of joining the RSPO. Even some RSPO members have not set themselves a target of using 100% CSPO, even via easily available book and claim certificates.
16 manufacturers are not buying any CSPO as far as we can tell: Avril, Brioche Pasquier, Campbell’s, Canada Bread, Dragsbæk, DuPont, Emami Limited, Godrej, Hillshire Brands, Intercos, Maspex, Nisshin OilliO, Smucker’s, Sofina, Tayto and Toms.
43 of the scored manufacturers had set themselves the target of using 100% CSPO by the crucial year of 2015. 31 of these hit their targets and another 2 got to within 96% of covering all their palm oil usage with CSPO.
But that left 10 companies who fell someway short of reaching their own targets: Aigremont, Vandermoortele, DuPont, Ginsters, Johnson & Johnson, Lion, Nestlé, P&G, Remia and Smucker’s.
It’s disappointing to see these companies fail to reach their targets, particularly when the option to use the book and claim system makes it so easy for any company to reach 100% CSPO.