Unilever aim to have palm oil certified sustainable by 2015
Unilever aims to have all palm oil it uses in Europe fully traceable by 2012 and ensure that it is only sourcing palm oil certified as environmentally sustainable by 2015.
The company announced the initiative at the Prince of Wales' May Day Climate Change Summit in London and claims that it builds on Unilever's "strong track-record" in developing sustainability.
Patrick Cescau, chief executive of Unilever, said that "palm oil is an important raw material for us" and that it started work on sustainable oil ten years ago, leading up to the introduction of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil in 2004.
"Now we need to take the next step. Suppliers need to move to meet the criteria, by getting certified both the palm oil from their own plantations and the palm oil they buy from elsewhere," he added.
The World Wildlife Foundation and Greenpeace both praised the move by Unilever as latter had been campaigning against its choice of palm oil policy.
Greenpeace has insisted in a statement that other big corporate palm oil users and members of the Round Table follow Unilever's lead.
Tim Birch, Greenpeace's international forest campaigner, said his organisation would "not stop its campaign until there is a complete halt to forest destruction in Indonesia".
Article Date: 02 May 2008
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