Deerfield, IL — Suppliers of palm oil for Mondelez International, Inc. must meet sustainability principles, achieve traceability, and publish sourcing policies and implementation timelines by 2015, the company reports.
The requirements advance Mondelez’s long-term commitment to only buying palm oil that is produced on legally held land, doesn’t lead to deforestation or loss of peat land and respects human rights.
Dave Brown, vice-president of global commodities and strategic sourcing, says: “Rather than pursue a segregated supply from an existing pool of certified plantations, our priority has been to add momentum to efforts to transform the entire palm oil sector. We’re driving change to make sustainable palm oil a reality by embedding this policy into our commercial negotiations with suppliers.”
The plan, unveiled this week at the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil’s European conference, was developed with the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations Development Programme, according to Mondelez.