As palm oil supply chains are complex with many actors involved, traceability is important to assess risks. It becomes even more important with the European Council’s agreed mandatory due diligence rules to tackle deforestation “for all operators and traders who place, make available or export the following products from the EU market: palm oil, beef, timber, coffee, cocoa and soy”.
Tracing back ingredients to its source is a means to an end, not an end in itself. The goal is to drive impact on the ground: preventing deforestation and habitat loss, and ensuring rights are respected. A lot of efforts have been put into supply chain mapping. It remains challenging though, to get a full overview of the networks that make up a supply hub.
We provide full traceability in our supply chain. Here is how we do it and why.
Ensuring clean ingredients
Traceability is the ability to identify and follow the movement of a product’s ingredient through all stages of production, processing, and distribution. It means knowing the sources of your ingredients, and where and how a product was produced. Through our traceability system, we offer manufacturers, retailers and consumers full transparency around where and how their ingredients and products are produced.
We care a lot about it because we believe it is a prerequisite for realizing progress on sustainability and ensuring products are deforestation and exploitation free. Knowing where ingredients are sourced is the only way to guarantee ‘clean’ products and understanding the impact of our actions on people and the environment throughout our supply chain.
Registering every step
We provide full transparency by governing and registering every step in our supply chain, from the farms that produce the palm fruit we use to the markets where we supply our ingredients and products.
To ensure full transparency we have built an integrated supply chain from farm to fork. We know all the farmers in our supply network and understand their businesses and practices. We operate our own mill and are strategically aligned with our processor, which means they work according to our strict specifications. As well as this, we actively collaborate with the manufacturers and retailers…