Palm oil is a part of the Upfield product portfolio. It is a plant oil, derived from the palm fruit. From a sustainability standpoint, palm oil is a highly productive crop, and like many plant oils has advantages compared with many animal-derived foods, as regards climate impact, land use and water use. Palm oil also has unique properties as a food ingredient, in terms of the performance, texture and taste it offers. To ensure the sustainability of palm oil in our products, all palm oil directly purchased by Upfield is 100% physically certified by RSPO.
What is RSPO?
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit organisation, bringing together stakeholders from across the palm oil supply chain to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.
RSPO aims to make sustainable palm oil the norm and to help make palm oil a force for good.
Upfield is a proud member of RSPO and only purchases certified palm oil. With this as a cornerstone of our sustainability strategy, Upfield is not only ensuring the palm oil used in our products comes from sustainable sources, but also that we actively drive change in the palm oil sector.
To see our vision and progress, please visit https://upfield.com/purpose/better-planet/
What does certified sustainable palm oil mean?
Unfortunately, palm oil has been produced irresponsibly in some regions. Deforestation in palm oil supply chains has impacted both wildlife and local communities. In response to the devastating impacts of unsustainable sourcing, Upfield is wholly committed to responsibly sourcing its ingredients, including palm oil, including our commitment to No Deforestation, Peat or Exploitation (NDPE).
RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil has been farmed, processed, distributed, and sold responsibly with strict rules that protect animals, the environment, and people who live and work in palm oil-producing countries. RSPO believes that sustainable palm oil is good for the planet, for people and for protected species. Certified sustainable palm oil helps to:
- Halt deforestation;
- Treat communities and workers fairly; and
- Protect wildlife and the environment.
As an RSPO-certified member, we also ensure unsustainable palm oil production doesn’t take place in the Upfield supply chain and we help drive industry transformation.