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Mondelez touts 100% RSPO-Certified palm oil two years ahead of schedule

Mondelez touts 100% RSPO-Certified palm oil two years ahead of schedule

Mondelez International reached its 2015 goal of sourcing 100% RSPO-certified palm oil for all of its purchases last year – two years ahead of schedule, the company has said.

The global snack and confectionary giant said the palm oil was certified through a combination of oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and GreenPalm certificates.
Dave Brown, Vice President of Global Commodities and Strategic Sourcing said: Achieving 100% RSPO is an important milestone toward our long-term commitment to only buy palm oil that is produced on legally held land, does not lead to deforestation or loss of peat land, respects human rights including land rights and does not use forced or child labour. We recognise the need to go further, so we have also challenged our palm oil suppliers to provide transparency on the levels of traceability in their palm oil supply chains. Knowing the sources of palm oil supplies is an essential first step to enable scrutiny and promote improvements in practice on the ground.
Greenpeace has previously urged major industry players including Mondelez to go beyond RSPO standards and source palm oil in a – truly sustainable manner – Some have agreed to go beyond the RSPO standards, while others say that the standards are adequate.
Mondelez has said it will publish an action plan in the second quarter of 2014 detailing steps to eliminate from its supply chain by 2020 palm oil that does not meet its sustainability principles. These include not sourcing palm oil from plantations on illegally held land, or that destroys peat land and respecting human rights.

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