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HOW WERE THE COMPANIES ASSESSED?

The 2016 Scorecard assesses 137 companies on the commitments they have made and the actions they have taken to support the RSPO and to source certified sustainable palm oil.

All the companies assessed are retailers, manufacturers and food service companies. Combined they use about 10% of the world’s palm oil.

palm oil found in a lot of daily products

Australia • Canada • Europe • India • Japan • USA

We scored all companies out of a possible total of 9 points, based on the most important
first steps that all palm oil users should be taking.

Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO) membership and annual progress reporting – as a sign of basic commitment to the cause of sustainable palm oil and to reporting progress
Time-bound commitments to buying certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) – as a sign that companies plan to use their sourcing of palm oil to help transform the global industry
Whether companies know and disclose how much palm oil they use – because transparency about how much palm oil is used by brands gives an important signal to growers about the likely market for CSPO
How much CSPO companies actually use – because this is how both large and small brands can best turn their commitment into action

For companies from Australia, Europe, Japan and North America, we also assessed the way they sourced CSPO. Their score out of 10 is our measure of how far each company has travelled on the journey to switching all of its palm oil away from the book and claim trading system and to physically segregated RSPO-certified sources.

Some types of palm oil products are more difficult to obtain from segregated sustainable sources – and some companies need to make more efforts than others to shift their supply chains. The supply chain scores have been weighted to reflect this (you can read a detailed explanation of the methodology in the full report).

Palm oil forest

We asked all the companies to complete a simple online questionnaire. As in previous Scorecards, we used information that companies provided directly to us or in their annual reports to RSPO. We do not have the resources to verify this information, but have relied on the companies to be transparent, truthful and accurate in their reporting.

WWF urges users of the Scorecard to check the data and share any errors found with both WWF and the relevant company.

Palm Oil Scorecard 2016 Cover

To see more about the Scorecard methodology, download the PDF

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